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Gene Sapakoff column: Steve Laprad is back as Fort Dorchester High School head coach just as former players Carlos Dunlap of the Kansas City Chiefs and Robert Quinn of the Philadelphia Eagles are set to face off in the first Super Bowl for each of the former high school teammates.

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I wrote a version of this the day Marcus Lattimore signed. You got him, South Carolina, so use him.

At the time, it was as a suggestion to Steve Spurrier to emphasize the running game, now that he finally had the power to. Lattimore was a blue-chip, program-changing recruit and he could flip the script with his ability to tote the football, but he had to have a game plan created for him and offensive line coached to run the best schemes for him (zone-read) so he could do it.

I was there on Feb. 14, 2011. Being from Rock Hill, I was pretty confident that Jadeveon Clowney was going to pick South Carolina. But one never knows until the cap is on the head, and even then, it isn’t certain until the letter is faxed to the school. (I followed South Pointe High’s athletic director to his office so I could watch that letter go through)

I bring it up because tomorrow is Decision Day for Nyckoles Harbor, a program-changer who has South Carolina on his short list – and if you believe the “Crystal Balls” that are being logged in his favor by the recruit-niks, he’s coming.

I’m not predicting or promising, and since y’all watch the same team I do (some would say we’re sentenced to watching it), I wouldn’t advise to even hope for this.

But it always helps to have a goal, and if South Carolina can meet this goal, at least the chance to make a Cinderella run improves an iota or two.

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To be clear, it isn't really "our" CAB.The main purpose of the Clemson Athletics Branding institute (which you could actually pronounce "Cabby," if they left the "I" in the acronym) is to help athletes at Clemson maximize their name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities. Dabo Swinney likes the "cab" analogy because the university is providing athletes a "lift" to their NIL potential -- but they have to put in the work, or the cab fare, to get there.

If you're a fan of a college football team, your first glance at a season's schedule probably consists of two thoughts:

  1. Oh, man, easy wins right there!
  2. Oh, crap, this scares the hell out of me.

Clemson basketball allayed some worries when it posted a rare injury update before the Florida State game: "Chase Hunter will play basketball today."

Hunter's return from a foot injury seemed like a big deal in itself, especially with Brevin Galloway joining backcourt mate Alex Hemenway on the sideline. But even the words "big deal" sound like an understatement in retrospect.

I get it. The numbers don't make sense. How could Clemson men's basketball be atop the ACC standings and be the seventh-best team in the NET rankings (No. 56), behind Virginia (15), UNC (31), Duke (32), Miami (37), N.C. State (43), and Virginia Tech (54)?

Dorchester District 2 Superintendent Shane Robbins plans to hold meetings with Fort Dorchester football coach Steve LaPrad, who offered his resignation after a locker room video circulated that appeared to show him using profanity and disparaging another school in the county while talking to his players. 

DORCHESTER — Woodland High School offensive tackle Kam Pringle, the state’s top-rated 2024 prospect, made his verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina on Sunday afternoon in his school’s gymnasium.

In a showdown of private-school state title contenders in Class AAAA, the visiting First Baptist Hurricanes used a decisive 13-point run to open the fourth quarter and knocked off the Porter-Gaud Cyclones, 71-59, on Friday night.

Legendary football coach Dr. Jerry Brown will not return as the coach at Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner. Brown was informed by district and school personnel of the decision to make a change on Tuesday.

Aside from commitments from transfer lineman Sidney Fugar (6-6, 330) of Western Illinois and linebacker Javon Willis (6-2, 220) of Ole Miss, the Gamecocks’ staff had two other transfer prospects in for visits over the weekend.

GOOSE CREEK — Facing a three-game losing streak and on the road against the second-ranked team in Class AAAAA, the Summerville boys basketball team got back on track in its final non-region game of the 2022-23 season.

As the state’s winningest high school coach, Wando volleyball's Alexis Glover has coached a bevy of talented, all-state caliber players. The coach admits her 2022 senior leader Emma Sanders ranks among the best ever.

A solid contingent of Charleston-area high school football players helped guide the South Carolina team to a 17-13 win over North Carolina in the 86th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, played at Spartanburg High School on Saturday afternoon.

COLUMBIA — Even before his team ever took the field in the Class AAAAA state championship game on Saturday afternoon, Fort Dorchester head football coach Steve LaPrad knew the Patriots would have to play near-perfect football to win their second state title.

All of the hours in the weight room and on the practice fields since January come to a fitting end for two Charleston-area  high school football programs this weekend as the S.C. High School League crowns five state champions at Benedict College in Columbia. 

Summerville and Fort Dorchester have been playing each other in football since 1993, the first year in Fort Dorchester’s history. Fort Dorchester was created through a split of Summerville’s enrollment, and thus a natural rivalry was born.

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