Gene Sapakoff column: You think players and coaches have a tough time juggling COVID-19 and a college basketball schedule? How about one of college basketball's busiest officials?
Gene Sapakoff column: Star athletes don't typically make good coaches but Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney says former Tigers All-American running back and NFL first-round pick C.J. Spiller, his latest hire, is different.
Back at it again, South Carolina and Clemson continue their baseball rivalry with a three-game series starting Feb. 26 in Clemson.
You know Peyton Manning as much from his witty TV commercials and “Saturday Night Live” humor as the gaudy football statistics. Such a card.
Former College of Charleston outfielder Brett Gardner on Friday got what he was hoping for, another season with the Major League team that drafted him in 2005.
Charlie The RiverDog still has the same basic routine. The Charleston RiverDogs’ furry mascot will do his Riley Park thing and remains available for charity events, birthdays, bar mitzvahs.
The expected signs of a Palmetto State spring are on display this week: Carolina wrens and Carolina chickadees at backyard bird feeders and Carolina Gamecocks nervously flocking to high expectations.
Gene Sapakoff column: Shane Beamer certainly learned a lot from his famous father, former Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. But South Carolina's new head coach is every bit the son of Cheryl Beamer, too.
Gene Sapakoff column: The Houston Texans reportedly are telling any team inquiring that they are not trading disgruntled former Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson. But maybe the right team hasn't called yet.
Gene Sapakoff column: Many Gamecock fans are understandably frustrated with the men's basketball program, but COVID pauses and the best parts of inconsistency should mean supporting Frank Martin into 2022.
Gene Sapakoff column: Palmetto State connections galore in this customized, home-delivered Super Bowl quiz just in time for Chiefs vs. Buccaneers in Tampa
Gene Sapakoff column: College football mostly fumbled again in the latest hiring season as only one Black candidate has been hired among 14 NCAA Division I head coach job openings.
Gene Sapakoff column: A Charleston non-profit is offering free rounds of golf to children and teens at five Lowcountry courses — clubs included, if not a visit from Bill Murray
Clemson announced its 2021 football schedule on Thursday, which includes back-to-back road games at Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
Gene Sapakoff column: Augusta got the Braves, Greenville got a bump up to high-level Class A, Charleston lost the Yankees and Myrtle Beach dropped down to low-level Class A. Checking the South Carolina minor league baseball offseason shakeup scorecard with spring training right around the corner.
Gene Sapakoff column: Former South Carolina and Summerville High School offensive lineman Preston Thorne is "cautiously optimistic" about the start of the Shane Beamer Era but thinks the Gamecocks' football staff needs to keep adding more former USC players as assistant coaches and analysts
Gene Sapakoff column: Hank Aaron, the baseball star who died Friday at 86, is at once the best and most underrated player in Major League Baseball history.
Gene Sapakoff column: It looks more likely than not that disgruntled former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will force the inept Houston Texans to trade him.
Gene Sapakoff column: Not many 50-year-old professional sports executives go to school, but Stingrays President Rob Concannon wanted the college degree he wasn’t able to complete 25 years ago
Gene Sapakoff column: Inexperienced head coach Shane Beamer adding young coordinators adds a layer of cheap excitement to South Carolina football, and pressure to prove conventional thinking wrong.
Gene Sapakoff columns: Football coaches had it easier than college basketball coaches, who must adjust almost every few minutes to a college basketball season in search of collective momentum.
The 2020 Masters was postponed until November and played without patrons. Augusta National officials announced Tuesday their plans to have some patrons at the 2021 tournament in April.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson in eliminating its men's track and cross country programs looks like a blow to the university's already traditionally weak percentage of Black enrollment and threatens interest in sports among middle school and high school students.
Gene Sapakoff column: Deshaun Watson vs. Trevor Lawrence is a Clemson debate that will go on for ages as a detailed comparison makes picking a winner all but impossible.
Gene Sapakoff column: It won't take long for Clemson to shake off the shock of its worst College Football Playoff performance as the D.J. Uiagalelei Era starts now
Gene Sapakoff column: Ohio State wanted revenge for a Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson last season, Clemson wanted to reverse a New Orleans curse. The Buckeyes' Friday night had a better case and a better team.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson won't have ace play-caller Tony Elliott in New Orleans for its College Football Playoff semifinal game against Ohio State but enough talent will be on hand at the Superdome, and with extra focus
Clemson defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney's mother Ramona has four college degrees and his father Anthony is a retired S.C. Department of Corrections officer. The family has made a big impact on the Tigers' success on and off the field.
Gene Sapakoff: The stodgy folks who run the College Football Playoff must see how the sport is losing fans with a four-team playoff system and adjust. While honoring Alabama and Clemson, the two programs forcing change.
Gene Sapakoff column: Always in the shadow of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State's Justin Fields is one mega-victory away from breaking into the spotlight.
Gene Sapakoff: The seemingly annual Clemson-Ohio State matchup didn't need extra spice but Dabo Swinney has added some anyway
Gene Sapakoff column: New Gamecocks head football coach Shane Beamer has lots of rebuilding to do and needs time, but South Carolina administrators also must avoid an overly positive salary reaction to improvement that should come in the first two seasons
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson, challenged by COVID-19 and injuries, had to make maximum use of its best-ever roster to make the College Football Playoff semifinals for a record sixth consecutive season
Gene Sapakoff column: A Clemson win in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday probably means a third Clemson-Notre Dame game this season.
Gene Sapakoff column: The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl don't make much sense as playoff sites in a COVID-19 college football season
The minor league Charleston RiverDogs have gone back to the Tampa Bay Rays as a Major League affiliate after working with the New York Yankees from 2005-2020
College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said a Rose Bowl semifinal game is still the plan for Jan. 1 but that the CFP "will be prepared" if California's COVID-19 situation gets worse.
Gene Sapakoff column: South Carolina can counter Shane Beamer's leadership inexperience with a little help from some highly-paid new friends
Gene Sapakoff column: It's one thing to fight through a coronavirus football season with playoff dreams and conference title possibilities, another to keep grinding when first-place is impossible, or the head coach has been fired or fans are mad. Or all of that.
Gene Sapakoff column: From Shane Beamer to Steve Spurrier and back through Brad Scott via Lou Holtz and Will Muschamp, a South Carolina football coach introduction history through orange-colored glasses of the arch-rival.
Gene Sapakoff column: There is no playbook for how to get ESPN's College GameDay to Conway or Coastal Carolina up to No. 14 in the AP football poll, but head coach Jamey Chadwell knows where to go for inspiration.
Gene Sapakoff column: Hiring Shane Beamer, or anyone else on the South Carolina head football coach candidate list, gives a university due to pay Will Muschamp a $13.2 million buyout a chance to reverse the policy of ridiculous contracts tied to mediocre performances.
Gene Sapakoff column: Steve Spurrier was there calling ball plays, Deshaun Watson played with a torn ACL, Brad Edwards returned an interception for a touchdown and Tommy Bowden wanted Clemson assistant coach Brad Scott carried off the field. All in a secret Tigers-Gamecocks effort to extend a series played every season since 1909.
Clemson is ranked No. 3 but hasn't won in November for the first time since 1970 and hasn't played since a double-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7. All of which makes Saturday's game against upstart Pittsburgh extra-intriguing.
The Clemson and South Carolina football programs do a great job of honoring veterans on Military Appreciation Day with the Tigers set for another ceremony Saturday. And let’s appreciate the sacrifice of people like Wilbur Creighton Jr., a former Clemson student who left school for World War II duty at D-Day and in Okinawa
Gene Sapakoff column: The ACC in the midst of perhaps its best football season ever but should have intervened right away in the Clemson-Florida State COVID argument.
Gene Sapakoff column: College football (and fans) must make some fourth-quarter adjustments to get the 2020 season over the goal-line.
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has a merry band of analysts that help the Tigers win games (and steal opponents' signs); South Carolina coach Will Muschamp thought "more is not always better" and the Gamecocks suffered for it.
Gene Sapakoff column: The path to a successful South Carolina football head coach search includes candidates from the talent-rich Midwest, outside-the-box diversity thinking and Jamey Chadwell.