Hello, people of the internet. After an unplanned hiatus, I am back. I’m also done with grad school, so the posts will be rolling out with regularity from now on.
Some news and notes:
Three Michigan players will miss the Outback Bowl, it was announced today. Coach Brady Hoke said that cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup, and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne showed “poor judgement” and violated team rules. They will not travel with the team. Hagerup is the team’s top punter and gained internet popularity following this little display:
The USC football team has started their bowl game preparations and the HBC announced that two guys, DL Moore and Kyle Harris, violated team rules and will not be in Tampa for the game. Both guys have also played their last game for Carolina. Moore has simply come to the end of his college career, while Harris, who redshirted and played just one game, will transfer.
The team also had their annual dinner with the kids and families from Children’s Chance tonight.
In other news, Marcus Lattimore decided to go pro this week, which means we won’t get to see him tear up the Dawgs anymore. We will hopefully get to see him running all over pro teams, though, which I’m already looking forward to. Be on the lookout for a Lattimore-focused post this week.
Jadeveon Clowney was named a unanimous first team All-American, making him only the second Gamecock (George Rogers was first) to earn that honor. Congrats to Jadeveon, who will continue to watch awards roll in.
The men’s and women’s hoops teams will take part in an exciting double-header on Wednesday. The guys will host Appalachian State at 5 p.m. before the ladies, who are currently 10-0 and ranked No. 24 take on No. 1 Stanford later in the evening. Per Gamecocks Online, ticket info is as follows:
Gates for the doubleheader will open at 4 p.m. Tickets for the men’s contest, which includes $18 for lower bowl seats and $15 for upper, will be on sale until halftime of that contest, before tickets for the women’s game will be available for $7 for adult and $4 for youth (17 and under).
All tickets for the men’s game will be honored for admission to the women’s contest. As a note to fans sitting in sections 104 and 105 for the Appalachian State game, at the conclusion of the contest you are asked to please relocate to sections 101 or 118 for the second game of the night.
Parking will be $5 in the lots surrounding Colonial Life Arena through halftime of the men’s contest.
Rally towels will also be given out at the women’s game and both games will be broadcast on Fox Sports South
Also, a reminder to vote for Cocky in the finals of the Capital One Mascot Challenge! The beloved bird is up against Texas Tech’s Raider Red for the title this year, and voting ends Monday morning at 11:59 ET. To cast your vote, go to capitalonebowl.com/vote, use #CapitalOneCocky on Twitter, and head over to the Mascot Challenge Facebook page.
The winning mascot will be announced during the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. The winner earns the title of Capital One’s National Mascot of the Year plus $20,000 towards their school’s mascot program.