Three Key Matchups: South Carolina

When the South Carolina Gamecocks visit Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday morning, there will be a lot riding on this game for both teams. Currently 0-2, both squads are desperate for a win that would be their first of the season. Neither can afford to fall to 0-3 as they fight to find a place in the middle of the SEC East standings.

Simultaneously, both head coaches, Carolina’s Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, are residing squarely on the hot seat to retain their jobs.

However, in this COVID-19 era, it is uncertain either would be fired regardless of how poorly their season goes. Either way, this is an important game for both coaches and their teams.

What are the three key matchups we suspect will play prominent roles in the outcome Saturday?


1) Ted Roof vs. Mike Bobo: Yes, I know these two will never line up opposite

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Game Notes Dissection: South Carolina at Vanderbilt

The South Carolina Gamecocks (0-2) are on the road for a second straight week as they travel to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 10. Game time is set for noon ET and the contest will be televised on SEC Network. Dave Neal will serve as the play-by-play voice for SEC Network with DJ Shockley providing the analysis. Dawn Davenport will handle the sideline reporting.

A Carolina win over Vanderbilt would…
— Extend the Gamecocks’ winning streak to a record 12 straight games over the Commodores. South Carolina has not lost to Vanderbilt since the 2008 season. The Gamecocks’ current 11-game winning streak over Vanderbilt is its longest-ever against any SEC opponent.

— Give the Gamecocks their 26th victory in 30 all-time gridiron meetings with the Commodores.

— Improve Will Muschamp’s record against Vanderbilt to 8-1, while keeping Derek Mason winless against

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Dog found shot in the chest in South Carolina

Hope survived a point-blank range shot to the chest earlier this year. Now, she’s thriving in her new home in New York.

LANCASTER, S.C. — A dog who was found shot in the chest in Lancaster County now has a forever home in New York.

The Lancaster SPCA said Hope was found injured around May of this year. 

Mikala Steele, of Lancaster SPCA, said it looked like somebody “walked up to her and pulled the trigger.” 

“But it was birdshot,” Steele said. “She was just in shock and had lost blood. We weren’t sure she’s gonna make it.” 

A volunteer transported her to Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Rock Hill SC for immediate medical attention. 

Steele said Hope suffered several injuries as a result of the shooting including a brachial plexus injury, bruising on her chest and cardiovascular shock. 

Hope then continued her care at Faulkner Animal Hospital while being fostered

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Michael Trigg talking to South Carolina after USC visit

South Carolina missed on a major target earlier this week when linebacker/safety Chase Hattley committed to N.C. State. The Gamecocks hope to be more fortunate this weekend when it comes to tight end Michael Trigg (6-foot-4, 240 poinds) of Tampa.

Trigg is down to USC, LSU and Southern Cal and will announce his decision Sunday around 4 p.m. from his father’s barbeque restaurant, Konan’s BBQ, which is located in Tampa just down the street from Jefferson High School, alma mater of former Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia.

Trigg is coming off a visit with his parents to Los Angeles where he got together with Trojan quarterback commitment Miller Moss and athlete targets Ceyair Wright and defensive end Korey Foreman, and Foreman’s brother Kevin, for one of those non-sanctioned unofficial visits to Southern Cal.

“It was nice, I got to see the city and stuff life that,” Trigg said. “Didn’t really get

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Baker’s Bar settles into South Windermere with more space, bigger menu

Baker’s Bar is now open in West Ashley, taking over the South Windermere space previously occupied by Starbucks. The restaurant, a third concept from Normandy Farm Bakery and One Broad Street co-owners Mike Ray and Ben Johnson, serves pizzas, daily pasta specials and more. 

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Baker’s Bar opened on Sept. 8, six months later than Ray and Johnson had anticipated when they purchased the property in November 2019. After waiting out the quarantine, Ray has been pleased with the response in South Windermere. 

“Since we’re over here basically on the Greenway, it’s definitely a little more family oriented,” he said. “We’ve expanded the menu with appetizers, and we make our own pastas and raviolis and stuff like that.”

Baker’s Bar downtown, which was located in the basement under One Broad Street, shuttered at the end of September when Ray and Johnson permanently closed the all-day cafe upstairs. The

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South Carolina has 556 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths Wednesday

Note: The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing event, and this story contains information that was only updated through Oct. 7, 2020. Some of the information here may have changed because of the breaking nature of the pandemic; updates are reflected in more current stories. For our the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on South Carolina visit, or

a group of people posing for the camera: People wearing protective face masks walk along King St. on July 18, 2020 in Charleston, S.C. South Carolina is struggling with a high percentage of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.

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People wearing protective face masks walk along King St. on July 18, 2020 in Charleston, S.C. South Carolina is struggling with a high percentage of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.

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DHEC reports 556 new cases, 27 deaths

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday announced 556 new

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‘Treated as Expendable’: Immigrant Farmworkers Fall Through Healthcare System Gaps in the Rural South

 This story was published in partnership with Southerly and The Daily Yonder.

On a Thursday afternoon in August, Andrea Hinojosa crossed 140 miles of southeast Georgia in her van, handing out masks, informational fliers, and posters about Covid-19 to farmworkers and immigrant communities. All of the towns she stopped in — Alma, Baxley, Glennville, Reidsville, Lyons — have populations of 5,000 or fewer. They’re surrounded by fields of blueberry, Vidalia onion, pecan, tomato, and other crops. 

Hinojosa, who runs the Southeast Georgia Communities Project, a small nonprofit she founded 25 years ago, wanted to ensure Latino-owned stores, laundromats, and other places farmworkers may visit had information about the pandemic. 

She said that no one else is doing this sort of public health grassroots work in rural towns in the area, and public health resources for Latinos are also scarce. “I’m the only thing going in a 100-mile radius,” she

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How a top South Beach hotel broker is still selling amid the pandemic

  • The hotel sector has been one of the hardest hit since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Susan Gale, a top broker in Florida’s South Beach, gave Business Insider a breakdown of what it’s been like selling hotels during the pandemic.
  • According to Gale, hotels can sell during these uncertain times if both sellers and buyers are willing to adjust to new market demands.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Just days before the shutdown, I had over $70 million under contract in hotels,” Susan Gale told Business Insider. “Every deal got canceled.”

“The market in Miami was unreal before the pandemic; 2019 was a record-breaking year for me and it looked like 2020 was going to be one of the best years in my 20-plus year career of selling hospitality assets,” she said, “but then everything shut down.”

Gale described the energy of the market during that time

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East Carolina vs. South Florida – Game Preview – October 10, 2020

When the East Carolina Pirates visit the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, both teams will be looking for their first American Athletic Conference victory of the season.

The Pirates (0-2, 0-1 AAC), led by second-year coach Mike Houston, rank sixth among the nine AAC teams that have played a game this year in average points scored (28.5). East Carolina’s defense is last in the AAC in points (50.0) and also yards allowed (558.5).

In addition, the Pirates have yet to sack the quarterback, and they are a league-worst minus-four on turnover differential.

East Carolina’s red-zone defense has been unable to come up with a turnover or a stop that keeps an opponent off the board. On 12 trips, Pirates opponents have 12 scores — five passing touchdowns, four running TDs and three field goals.

Among the Pirates’ top performers on offense are quarterback Holton Ahlers and wide receivers Tyler Snead

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Odds: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt

Despite dropping their first two games, the Gamecocks are still undefeated against the spread. They hope to continue that streak as they travel to Nashville this Saturday for a matinee with the Vanderbilt Commodores.

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South Carolina is coming off a mediocre showing against the Gators while Vanderbilt hopes to rebound after getting obliterated by the LSU Tigers 41-7.

According to, the oddsmakers see the Cocks getting the victory by 13.5 points.

The line hasn’t moved too much either from the 12-point opening spread.

ESPN’s FPI seems to agree with the spread as well, giving South Carolina a 79.8% chance of winning the contest.

The over/under is set at 44.

Why was the line set at this number?

Over the past two weeks, USC has had no real issues getting the ball in the end zone averaging 25.5 points over the first two weeks

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