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Sports are quiet, but some personnel and schedule moves are still happening.
It’s been quiet around these parts, but there are still a few things happening behind the scenes to note for y’all: South Carolina’s brass talks the financial impact of COVID-19, a few Gamecocks have put their names into the transfer portal, and men’s basketball picks up a new non-conference opponent.
Look, I certainly don’t want to be thinking about this, but — should football season not happen this fall, or even be reduced in some way, this could set off an unfortunate chain reaction through the rest of the athletic department. Cincinnati has dropped men’s soccer and Old Dominion has discontinued wrestling, and more of those decisions could be coming down the pipe as the weeks roll on under the coronavirus pandemic. As far as South Carolina is concerned, president Robert Caslen hasn’t been specific about what these “significant” effects could be, but the school is apparently targeting May 15 for a decision about how the fall semester will operate.
Reserve kicker, offensive lineman enter the transfer portal
Backup kicker Alexander Woznick and offensive tackle Summie Carlay are moving on from the Gamecocks. Carlay, who becomes a grad transfer, was on the field goal unit, while Woznick initially held the starting spot at placekicker before getting supplanted by Parker White.
Gamecocks add Army to future basketball schedule
Source: South Carolina will host Army as part of its 20-21 non-conference schedule.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 15, 2020
Gotta admit that when I first saw this tweet, I panicked about putting another triple-option service academy on the football slate. Thankfully, this is basketball news! It’s a first for the Gamecocks, and seems entirely random until you remember Caslen is a former West Point guy. We’ll see how the 2020-21 schedule continues to take shape.
Last season, the Gamecocks got an inspired effort from Bolden, who arrived in Columbia via George Washington. A key piece of the rotation, the guard averaged 8.5 points and 1.4 assists per game, starting in half of the Gamecocks’ contests. Now, he’ll be exploring his options as a grad transfer. It’s pretty surprising, given his role, but South Carolina was a scholarship over its limit and I guess this is how it comes out in the wash. Definitely nothing new for a Frank Martin team to have an offseason roster shakeup.
In the latest piece in South Carolina’s My Signature series, the former Yardcock — who is thankfully now in remission — details what he’s been through since his diagnosis, and what’s he looking forward to next.
Steve Pearce calls it a career
— Gamecock Baseball (@GamecockBasebll) April 14, 2020
In more former Yardcock news, Pearce has decided to hang it up. Can’t blame his decision with the current MLB season up in the air, and really, what else does he have left to prove?