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Gene Sapakoff column: The roar of the crowd, the tailgating, the band ... OK, the band. And a few fans. With tailgating generally discouraged. But a Thursday tour of the South Carolina Gamecocks' Williams-Brice Stadium indicates college football, against all odds, will happen. At least for a while.

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It’s crazy how this pandemic has managed to produce such seemingly unrelated interruptions to our routines.

I understand when an approaching hurricane forces a panic buy on plywood, batteries and generators. I still don’t fully understand the vagaries of various virus-related shortages.

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Gene Sapakoff column: While schools are starting to announce plans for fans at 2020 college football games, the best approach is extra-cautious to start and a player-friendly system allowing the entertainers on the field to profit from their efforts toward saving athletic departments and universities from red ink.

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Gene Sapakoff column: Daniel Brooks, a rising senior at Bishop England High School, has spent the summer growing (he's already 6-8, 245) and adding fire to his scary fastball (already 94 mph), which means he projects as an early-round prospect for the 2021 Major League Baseball draft

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Gene Sapakoff column: The Citadel, Charleston Southern, S.C. State, Furman, Wofford and other FCS programs would be much better off in the long run with a permanent move to spring football as the Power Five conferences are about to cut them out of fall money games.

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These past few months — or has it been years — we’ve all been forced to reflect and re-examine our surroundings and circumstances. Nothing feels normal anymore. Every movement or decision seems to be cloaked, or masked, with a consideration that once upon a time wouldn’t have received a seco…


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