Gene Sapakoff column: Spanish-language radio networks for South Carolina and Clemson athletics? Run by Spanish majors? Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin loves the idea, and so does the a rep from the Spanish Department at Clemson
Gene Sapakoff column: South Carolina AD Ray Tanner thinks star women's basketball coach Dawn Staley will make a great athletic administrator some day but she has no interest — for now
Dabo Swinney says it's possible three Clemson players suspended after failing drug tests before the Cotton Bowl may have mistakenly received the banned performance-enhancing drug from the school.
Steve Spurrier, primed for his Alliance of American Football debut with the Orlando Apollos on Saturday night, talks about the current state of the South Carolina Gamecocks, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Alabama's Nick Saban, among other subjects.
Gene Sapakoff column: Back in his element on a football field at 73, former South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has the Orlando Apollos ready for their AAF opener Saturday night on CBS.
Gene Sapakoff column: The struggling NBA is about to get some South Carolina relief with college stars and Palmetto State high school products Zion Williamson and Ja Morant at the top of the 2019 NBA draft
Gene Sapakoff column: Tracy White, Charleston native and Timberland High School graduate, started for the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl XLVI. He knows that, along with having Tom Brady at quarterback, the secret to Bill Belichick’s success is in the tiny details of teamwork.
Brady and Belichick vs. the Los Angeles Rams' young guns aren't the only things to get excited about going into Sunday night's Super Bowl LIII. There's also crazy (leaked) commercials, Gladys Knight, Adam Levine and more South Carolina help for the New England Patriots.
Gene Sapakoff column: Bill Murray's favorite team? The pitcher Justin Smoak loves to face? Johnny Damon's World Series-bound workout routine? All part of a Hot Stove Banquet quiz
While most of the Clemson starters and scholarship players are black, 58 of the 74 players in Washington were white, per a travel list Clemson released to The Post and Courier.
Gene Sapakoff column: Rick Barnes, fired at Texas, isn't just the face of SEC basketball improvement, he's one of the great redemption tales in the sport. And No. 1 Tennessee continues to improve.
Clemson and South Carolina have the same Saturdays off during the 2019 football season, which means a sigh of relief comes from potential invited guests who know that no right-minded South Carolinian would schedule a wedding on a day the Gamecocks or Tigers are playing.
Clemson has not tested – and has no plans to test – all members of its newly crowned national championship team for performance enhancing drugs in the wake of ostarine suspensions last month that kept three players out College Football Playoff wins over Notre Dame and Alabama.
Gene Sapakoff column: The College of Charleston basketball team in winning the program’s first NCAA Tournament trip since 1999 also won a target every team in the CAA sees as part of the Cougars' logo. That requires more energy and urgency than displayed so far this season.
Gene Sapakoff column: Don't look now but South Carolina is 5-1 in the SEC, a hint that Frank Martin's Gamecocks might be good enough to erase an awful non-conference start to the season and make the NCAA Tournament.
Gene Sapakoff column: As Nick Saban has forced early firings in the SEC West, Clemson's success puts extra pressure on ACC football programs and South Carolina. The likes of Will Muschamp, Ray Tanner and Willie Taggart are on the clock.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson compares favorably when its 15-0 record is matched up against seven contenders in a Best College Football Season Ever argument.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson offensive co-coordinator Tony Elliott of James Island gets mentioned as a college head coach candidate but might make more sense in the NFL, where the trend is hiring bright, offensive-minded young guys.
Gene Sapakoff column: It's not too early to look ahead to New Orleans and Clemson's path to a third College Football Playoff national championship in three seasons.
Nolan Turner had only one other scholarship offer, Alabama-Birmingham; but the Clemson safety in the Tigers' 44-16 national championship game rout of Alabama proved he is far more than just a 'favor' from Dabo Swinney to Turner's late father.
Gene Sapakoff column: Meet the new College Football Playoff boss; Clemson rolled the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night in Santa Clara and probably isn't done winning national titles
Weather was dreary over the weekend and the secondary ticket market tanked, but College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock still likes the idea of Santa Clara as the 2019 host site for the national championship game.
Clemson receivers won enough battles for jump balls to beat Alabama in the 2016 national championship game but failed last year in a 24-6 Sugar Bowl loss; "50-50 ball" emphasis is extra-important going into the national title game at Levi's Stadium.
Clemson has enjoyed top-level coaching staff stability; Alabama has six new assistant coaches and has had four offensive coordinators in four years. What gives Monday night in the national championship game?
The "eclectic" Northern California Clemson Club has been hoping for this for a few years, a Tigers appearance in the College Football Playoff national championship game in Santa Clara. They are rolling out the orange and purple carpets for fellow alums and fans ahead of Monday night's game against Alabama.
Losing Dexter Lawrence to a drug test suspension hurts Clemson beyond his play on the defensive line; the 350-pound junior is part of a Fridge package on offense the Tigers should not abandon.
Alabama in a Sugar Bowl win over Clemson last year made the most of its anger stemming from a national championship loss to the Tigers the season before. It's the Tigers' turn to turn the tables on motivation.
Gene Sapakoff column: The Alabama-Clemson rivalry isn't just the best thing college football has going; it's the best top-level rivalry in college or NFL history.
Gene Sapakoff: Gamecocks football tradition includes bowl results that have been an opposite indicator of the following season 10 of the last 12 times.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson can upset Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game if freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence doesn't take too many hits inside and outside the pocket.
Dabo Swinney's big and little touches were all over a masterful 30-3 rout of Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, from his decision to make Trevor Lawrence the starting quarterback to offering marginal prospect Nolan Turner a scholarship.
It took the Clemson band 16 hours by bus to get from campus to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl while the Notre Dame band arrived by jet, but the trip has been a fun, bonding experience.
Clemson, still ticked off about a 2017 Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama, is under pressure to win a College Football Playoff semifinal game this year. Which is bad news for underdog Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl.
Leo Albano, a Bishop England High School graduate who grew up driving long distances to Clemson bowl games, enjoys a "dream come true" as a Notre Dame player in a College Football Playoff Game vs. his former favorite team.
Gene Sapakoff column: Without star play-caller Chad Morris and with quarterback Deshaun Watson injured, Clemson in a 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl rout of Oklahoma proved an elite program is more than any one coordinator or player and set the tone for an ACC dynasty.
No. 2-ranked Clemson faces No. 3 Notre Dame in a College Football Playoff Game at the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl, the Tigers' first trip to Dallas since the 1940 Cotton Bowl was stained by discrimination when a star Boston College player was not allowed to play because of a Jim Crow-era "gentleman's agreement."
Gene Sapakoff column: The SEC and ACC are the strongest advocates for maintaining the four-team College Football Playoff system but mid-level SEC schools such as South Carolina can rock the money boat once they realize they have a better playoff shot in an expanded field.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson's secondary, labeled as a weak link, is extra motivated for the Cotton Bowl. But this group ultimately gets judged not just by what happens against Notre Dame’s Ian Book but by how it holds up against Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in a national championship bout.
More NFL prospects are skipping college football bowl games every year. No big deal. Why not celebrate players who have contributed much to your favorite school and start looking at non-playoff bowl games as the start of next season, not the end of this one?
There’s always a new wrinkle or two, something that might work against a certain look on defense, something that might make Nick Saban or another potential winter opponent think twice.
One minute former Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro was in a Zaxby’s restaurant in Charleston and the next he was on the way to the airport for a flight to Charlotte to join the Carolina Panthers.
Gene Sapakoff column: Early returns have South Carolina and Clemson merely in the middle of the pack in a ranking of Palmetto State college basketball teams, and an unexpected Upstate power axis
Gene Sapakoff column: The only solution better than an eight-team College Football Playoff for upset Georgia and Ohio State fans is a 12-team playoff with byes and on-campus sites
Gene Sapakoff column: ACC football and the ACC Championship Game need a boost; here's a five-point tweak plan in the wake of another Clemson title.
Clemson likely is headed for a College Football Playoff clash with Notre Dame; how the Tigers match up with the Fighting Irish and other possible playoff foes.
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp unintentionally lumped Daniel Fennell's knee injury against Clemson with a postgame complaint about "illegal cut blocks"
Gene Sapakoff: Christian Wilkins will not win the Heisman Trophy or even come close, but Clemson's defensive tackle/running back/leader ought to be one of the finalists joining Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in New York City
Gene Sapakoff column: The Gamecocks can carry Jake Bentley's 510-yard passing game at Clemson and Will Muschamp's willingness to let an offensive coordinator go nuts into a more positive off-season
Will Muschamp, Jake Bentley and the entire South Carolina graduating classes of 2018 and 2019 are caught up in an orange swirl. Dabo Swinney, Tajh Boyd and a few Clemson classes can relate to the impact of a five-game rivalry streak full of joy and pain.
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