1. SEC Football: Fresh New Odds for Every SEC Title Contender

    What a week to be an SEC fan. Or a college football fan, for that matter. See, this is what your average NFL geek doesn't get about the college game; nothing is settled, nothing is predictable, no one is safe...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 10 months ago 820 reads 0 comments

  2. South Carolina Football: Assessing the BCS Chances of an 11-Win Squad

    So it's Week 5, and here's what we know about the SEC East: South Carolina (2-1) lost an early-season rivalry bout to Georgia, which puts the Gamecocks in a decidedly less than ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 11 months ago 2,111 reads 14 comments

  3. South Carolina Football: The 5 Biggest Storylines Down the Stretch

    In coach-speak, "looking ahead" is like walking under a ladder, spilling the salt or chanting "Christina Aguilera" 13 times in front of a mirror. If you do it, something bad is probably going to happen...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 12 months ago 1,371 reads 20 comments

  4. South Carolina Football: Why Mike Davis Is the Gamecocks' Most Important Player

    Gamecock fans can be forgiven for being a little confused about their new backfield threat in running back Mike Davis...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 12 months ago 2,260 reads 4 comments

  5. South Carolina Football: Jadeveon Clowney and the College Football Fame Machine

    In college football, there's always a morning after. The morning after the first game day of the season was no different...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 1 year ago 809 reads 5 comments

  6. South Carolina Football: The 5 Biggest Upset Risks in 2013

    Heading into the 2013 season, the South Carolina Gamecocks are heralded as serious contenders for the SEC East crown...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 1 year ago 4,493 reads 12 comments

  7. South Carolina Football: Previewing the Most Important Game of the Season

    The clues are everywhere, but they're subtle. Just like the other 119 teams in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision, the South Carolina Gamecocks will play 12 games in the 2013 regular season...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 1 year ago 2,820 reads 109 comments

  8. Bob Costas Brouhaha Boiling After Remarks on Sunday Night Football

    And so it begins. Nothing gets the knives out, it seems, like a well-timed comment from a sports figure about gun control, that most hare-triggered of perennial American political issues...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about over 1 year ago 386 reads 3 comments

  9. Clemson vs. South Carolina Bowl Rematch? Hey, Weirder Things Have Happened

    After taking it in the shorts Saturday night against the Gamecocks in Death Valley, some of the Clemson faithful are already warming up the homer-sphere with talk of a possible bowl rematch against their arch-rivals from the Capital City...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 2 years ago 3,983 reads 33 comments

  10. Masters 2012: Augusta National Invites Controversy, but Not Women

    Watching the Masters on a 50-inch, 1080i flat screen is an immersive experience. Awash in the vibrancy of early spring in the South—the bright purples of the azaleas, the impossibly ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about over 2 years ago 662 reads 2 comments

  11. Grading the First Amendment: 'The State' vs. Steve Spurrier

    These days few things rock the sports world like the thrill of the "non-story." From ESPN's firing of confused conservative and one-time country music artist Hank Williams, Jr...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 256 reads 0 comments

  12. SEC Football: The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Shifting SEC East

    In the 1950s, the concept of "nutrition" was fairly one-sided—red meat, potatoes, eggs, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes were thought to be pretty much all one needed to survive...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 853 reads 6 comments

  13. South Carolina vs. Georgia: Why the National Press Isn't Giving 'Cocks Any Love

    During the football season, one of my most cherished Friday afternoon rituals is cruising the major online sports sites during my lunch break...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 934 reads 2 comments

  14. South Carolina vs. Georgia: Could a Loss on Saturday Be Curtains for Mark Richt?

    On a chilly night in early November 2008, South Carolina soundly defeated a struggling Tennessee team helmed by then-coach Phil Fulmer...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 772 reads 7 comments

  15. South Carolina Football 2011: Why Starting Connor Shaw Was a Bad Idea

    On Friday, I wrote that starting Connor Shaw would be a " bad idea ." I was promptly raked over the coals by Gamecock fans and Bleacher Report regulars who said things like, "How ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 1,429 reads 7 comments

  16. South Carolina Football 2011: Why Starting Connor Shaw Is a Bad Idea

    In the Old Testament Book of Proverbs, t he wise King Solomon lays down some timeless wisdom concerning life, love, spirituality and coaching a team with dark horse BCS fantasies: ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 569 reads 5 comments

  17. 5 Games South Carolina Doesn't Have To Worry About in 2011

    It's weird. Players, coaches, staff, trainers, waterboys (and girls), mascots and pretty much anyone else associated with football all know that "looking ahead" (that is, speculating ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about almost 3 years ago 202 reads 1 comments

  18. South Carolina Gamecocks Football 2011 Season Preview: Week 6

    I'm taking a big risk by saying what I'm about to say. There's a distinct possibility that I could be banned from the South Carolina Gamecocks page forever and be subsequently ...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 1,453 reads 7 comments

  19. South Carolina Football: How Will G.A. Mangus' Arrest Affect Gamecocks' Season?

    We now know at least three things about South Carolina QB coach G.A. Mangus that we didn't know a week ago...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 3,221 reads 3 comments

  20. South Carolina Football 2011 Season Preview: Week 5

    Vs. Auburn—Saturday, Oct. 1 (TBD) In what is shaping up to be a déjà vu moment for some college football fans, South Carolina will take on the reigning BCS champion Auburn Tigers Week 5 in Columbia, S...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 480 reads 11 comments

  21. South Carolina Football 2011 Season Preview, Part 2: Weeks 3 and 4

    South Carolina vs Navy — Saturday, September 17 (6:00 pm ET) This is an interesting matchup for at least three reasons. First, Navy, East Carolina and South Carolina will each play one another in 2011...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 1,611 reads 6 comments

  22. College Football 2011: 5 Exciting Opening Weekend Matchups

    Tell me if this sounds familiar. You wait all summer long for the start of college football. You suffer through the long, miserably hot days. You work, you love, you live. You go to the beach...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 399 reads 1 comments

  23. South Carolina Football 2011 Season Preview: Weeks 1 and 2

    Vs. East Carolina—Saturday, Sept. 3 (7:00pm ET) Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they were regular foes...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 2,805 reads 6 comments

  24. 5 Laziest Sports Clichés (Or, What to Say When You Have Nothing to Say)

    Like Shake Weights, the Ab Roller and “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” sports clichés are for the lazy...

    Paul  Cook Written by Paul Cook about 3 years ago 649 reads 0 comments