Not surprisingly, South Carolina’s future slates will have even more of a Sun Belt Conference flavor to it.
As we noted Thursday, USC and Appalachian State had reached an agreement on a three-game series that will begin in 2019 and will culminate with an open-ended third game sandwiched between a 2027 game. In addition to that, USC also confirmed future games against SBC programs Georgia State and Troy.
The Gamecocks will play host to the Trojans on September 25, 2021, while they’ll do the same for the Panthers Sept. 3, 2022.
South Carolina owns a 3-0 record against Troy, with wins in 2004, 2005 and 2010. USC and Georgia State have never met in football.
South Carolina will become the first team from the SEC to make a visit to Appalachian State as part of a three-game scheduling announcement between the two schools on Thursday. South Carolina will host the other two games in the scheduling arrangement starting in 2019.
South Carolina will host Appalachian State on Nov. 19, 2019 and the series will resume six years later. Appalachian State will host South Carolina on Sept. 20, 2015, and the Gamecocks will be the hosts two years later with a game in 2027. The exact date of the third game has not been decided as of yet, but there is plenty of time to organize those details.
As you can imagine, the scheduling of South Carolina and being able to bring them into their home stadium is a big deal for Appalachian State.
“This is an exciting announcement for Appalachian State Athletics, and I want to thank Ray Tanner and the South Carolina administration for working with us to make this series a reality,” Appalachian State athletics director Doug Gillin said in a released statement. “Being able to visit a great venue in Williams-Brice Stadium and hosting South Carolina at The Rock for the first time is a great opportunity for our fans and supporters. Adding a multi-game series against one of the country’s finest baseball programs is another great opportunity for our student-athletes and university.”
Appalachian State has at least one game scheduled against a power conference opponent each of the next nine seasons, and the Mountaineers will get to host a power conference opponent in 2022 (North Carolina) and 2023 (South Carolina).
South Carolina leads the all-time series with Appalachian State, 9-1. The two schools have not faced each other since 1988, long before the Mountaineers made the move up to the FBS level.
It’s Selection Sunday weekend in college basketball, but in college football we’re celebrating a different holiday. It’s Former Rice Owls Announce Graduate Transfers To Power 5 Institutions Weekend. (Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?)
After left tackle Calvin Anderson — arguably the most sought-after non-quarterback graduate transfer in the rule’s history — announced his commitment to Texas on Saturday and defensive lineman Preston Gordon revealed his commitment to Texas Tech, former Owls safety J.T. Ibe confirmed he is leaving for South Carolina.
“I love the environment of the coaches and players,” Ibe told GamecockCentral.com. “I want to play the biggest football and compete to win an SEC championship.”
In Ibe, South Carolina adds an experienced player to a green secondary. The Mansfield, Texas, native appeared in 33 career games for the Owls and registered 42 tackles with one forced fumble in 2017.
South Carolina loses both starting safeties — D.J. Smith and Chris Lammons — to graduation from the 2017 team. Ibe figures to compete with a fellow senior transfer Keisean Nixon or junior Javon Charleston for a starting spot.
If you’re going to raise ticket prices, you might as well spin it in some sort of positive manner. Only a handful of teams will use the tact that South Carolina utilized on Thursday though, citing a pursuit of “SEC and national championships” to justify bumping up football prices.
“We’ve come a long way in the last eight years,” athletic director Ray Tanner said in a release. “Prior to this decade, we were finding our way in the SEC. Since 2010, we have achieved broad-based success in our athletics program. We have established a solid foundation and are now ready to take it to the next level, but we need to continue to maximize our resources to help us achieve our goals.
“This additional revenue will help sustain the cost of attendance requirements for more than 500+ student-athletes, retain the tremendous coaches we have here, continue to build and maintain top-notch facilities and fund all of our athletic programs as we compete for SEC and national championships.”
The school says that season tickets for the 2018 season will increase by $50 each and is the first football price increase since 2013. The Gamecocks also note that even with the modest increase, prices will remain in the middle of the pack in the conference as they were before.
South Carolina has never won an SEC title in football but did win the East Division back in 2010. That’s about as close as the team has come to those stated goals of a conference title and national championship but Will Muschamp will have 16 starters back in 2018 from a team that went 9-4 last year and put on quite the comeback to beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl a few months ago.
The Gamecocks are far from the only SEC program to announce an increase in ticket prices despite all that TV revenue and record donations as Texas A&M also made public that ticket prices were inching upward in 2018 last week.
Spring practice has claimed yet another victim.
Speculation had been circulating that Chad Terrell suffered what may have been a significant leg injury during one of South Carolina’s spring practice sessions over the weekend. Monday, Will Muschamp confirmed that the wide receiver has been diagnosed with a torn ACL.
At least at the moment, though, Terrell has not been ruled out of playing at some point during the 2018 season.
“It’s an unfortunate situation for Chad, but this is one of the many reasons why we start spring practice so early,” the head coach said in quotes distributed by the school. “Since the injury occurred so early in the year, we look forward to getting Chad back on the field and helping us this fall.”
USC kicks off the upcoming season Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina.
A three-star member of USC”s 2017 recruiting class, Terrell was rated as the No. 41 player at any position in the state of Georgia and the No. 57 receiver. As a true freshman, he caught three passes for 20 yards in the 10 games in which he played.