Two bits of news out of Gamecock Nation this morning:
1) Jadeveon Clowney has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best college football player. Clowney, a sophomore, has 36 tackles, including 14.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks so far this season. He has been chosen as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice this season. Clowney also is tied for sixth in school history with 15.5 sacks and tied at 11th in career tackles for loss with 26.
Already this season, Clowney was put on the watch lists for the Walter Camp Award, the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy, the Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award.
Congrats and good luck to Jadeveon!
2) Athletics Director Ray Tanner has hired Charles Bloom, a USC alum, to take the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director – External Affairs, the university announced today. He will start his new role following the SEC championship game in December. From Gamecocks Online:
Bloom has spent the past 17 years as director of the Southeastern Conference office’s media and public relations efforts, and the last 10 years as Associate Commissioner. He has supervised the media and public relations operations for the SEC’s 21 sports, directly overseeing football, has been the chief spokesperson for the conference office and has overseen the communication strategies for the office.
In addition, Bloom oversaw the editorial content and planning for the SECDigitalNetwork.com website and started the SEC office’s presence in social media. He has also served as media director for the SEC Football Championship Game and various other conference and NCAA championships. Bloom assisted with the creation of the Bowl Championship Series, including its formula for ranking teams and also developing its media relations policies and procedures.
Since 2000, he has also served as chief administrator for baseball in the SEC office, setting conference schedules, serving as liaison for the league’s coaches and umpires and overseeing game operations with the conference tournament.
Tanner had this say about the hiring:
“Charles brings a vast amount of experience working on both the university level and at the SEC office. He brings tremendous expertise in communications, having worked closely with Commissioners Roy Kramer and Mike Slive, both visionaries in collegiate athletics. We are excited to welcome Charles and his family back to Columbia, where both he and his wife, Cindy, are Carolina graduates.”
Bloom released a statement as well, saying:
“I am excited about the opportunity to return to my alma mater in this capacity. Carolina is a special place and I look forward to working with Ray Tanner and the USC staff to promote and enhance the Gamecock brand.”
Welcome back to Gamecock Nation, Charles!