Game Time Set for SC-Kentucky Football

GAMECOCKS HOME OPENER TO BE PLAYED UNDER THE LIGHTS 7:30 pm Kick Time Set for Kentucky Game on September 16   COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 25, 2017) – The South Carolina football home opener will be played under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium, it was announced today. The Gamecocks will host the Kentucky Wildcats in an SEC Eastern Division showdown at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 16. The contest will be televised on SEC Network. South Carolina leads the all-time series by a 17-10-1 count over Kentucky including an 8-4-1 mark in Columbia, but the Wildcats have won each of the last three meetings between the two schools, including a 17-10 decision in Lexington last season….

Newton won’t throw; McCaffrey debuts Thursday

Quarterback Cam Newton, who’s still recovering from surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, will not add throwing to his rehabilitation schedule this week. Last week, head coach Ron Rivera was hopeful when asked if Newton would start throwing on the side with head trainer Ryan Vermillion during the team’s three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday. But Rivera, who’s admittedly optimistic when it comes to injuries, got ahead of himself by one week. The Panthers’ original plan had Newton beginning to throw 12 weeks after surgery, which would be June 22. That timeline remains the same, so the fact that Newton won’t toss a few footballs in front of cameras this week isn’t a big deal….

Jonathan Stewart is perfect for Christian McCaffrey

CHARLOTTE – When the Panthers drafted Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey eighth overall, many wondered how his arrival would impact running back Jonathan Stewart , Carolina’s workhorse runner the past two years. Stewart was asked recently during OTAs if he was concerned about losing carries with McCaffrey on board. He stiff-armed that question to the ground. “Who cares? We want to win Super Bowls, right?” Stewart told the Associated Press. “That’s the bottom line on why we drafted him. It’s not about people getting carries, or people getting touches, or getting touchdowns. It’s about what you what can contribute to the team.” This all got me thinking about the Stewart-McCaffrey duo and the Carolina running…

Carolina Panthers Offseason Dates Announced

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will begin their offseason workout program April 17, the first day on the NFL calendar that teams with returning head coaches can kick off the nine-week program. The NFL released offseason dates for each team Monday, the first day that teams with new head coaches could begin workouts. After five weeks of conditioning and limited field work, the Panthers will hold the first of nine Organized Team Activities – basically practices without contact – on May 23. That will jumpstart three consecutive weeks with three OTAs each, then they’ll wrap up the offseason program with their mandatory veteran minicamp June 13-15. First day: April 17 OTAs: May 23-25, May 30-31, June…

  Deacons Participating In All-Star Games

                                                                         WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  – Three Wake Forest senior football players have been selected to postseason all-star games.   Linebacker Marquel Lee and cornerback Brad Watson will play in the 92nd annual East-West Shrine game on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Both will play for the East team.  Brentson Buckner, an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals, will be the East team’s head coach.   Rover Thomas Brown participated in the Tropical Bowl in Daytona Beach on Sunday, January 15.  Brown helped lead the National team to a 28-14 win over the American team.  Brown had one pass break-up in the contest.   Brown was the MVP of the Military…

Steve Wilks Named Defensive Coordinator

CHARLOTTE – Head coach Ron Rivera’s right-hand man has been handed the responsibility of leading the Panthers’ defense. Steve Wilks, the Panthers’ assistant head coach the past two seasons, has been named defensive coordinator. The position had been held the past six seasons by Sean McDermott, who left to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills. “Sean was well overdue for the opportunity that he received. He’s ready for it. I’m excited for him, and I’m excited for myself,” Wilks said. “I’m ready to step into this role and continue to do the things we’ve been doing and trying to get this defense back in the top five, top 10.” Facing a rash of injuries…

Panthers Have 8th Overall Pick In 2017 Nfl Draft

The Panthers (6-10) have the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. This will be the third time Carolina has picked eighth overall. In 1996, the franchise drafted running back Tshimanga Biakabutuka. In 2003, the Panthers selected offensive tackle Jordan Gross. The last time Carolina had a top-10 pick was 2012, when the team drafted linebacker Luke Kuechly at No. 9. The year before, Carolina selected quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick. The 2017 NFL Draft will begin April 27 and take place in Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers Opponents 2017

The Panthers’ opponents for the 2017 season have been completed based on the regular season standings for 2016. In addition to home and away games against NFC South foes Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, Carolina will play all four teams from both the NFC North and the AFC East. The Panthers’ remaining two intra-conference opponents are based on the 2016 standings. Carolina will host Philadelphia and play at San Francisco with all three teams locked into last place in their respective divisions. This is the first last-place finish for Carolina since 2010. Dates and times will be announced by the NFL in the spring. After that, an on-sale date for single-game tickets to Panthers…

Skrosky Resigns as Elon Head Football Coach

ELON, N.C. – Elon University head football coach Rich Skrosky has resigned his position to accept a coaching job at Florida International University. Director of Athletics Dave Blank made the announcement today, saying he only recently learned of Skrosky’s interest in the FIU position.   “This was an unexpected development,” Blank said. “Rich was offered an opportunity that will best allow him to pursue his career goals.”   Blank noted that Elon’s football program has made progress in many areas during Skrosky’s three years as head coach. “We remain committed to building a successful football program in the Colonial Athletic Association, and we expect to begin a national search immediately to find the right person…

Panthers Versus Redskins

CHARLOTTE – This Monday Night Football matchup between Carolina and Washington isn’t just about cornerback Josh Norman facing his former team, though that’s obviously been the point of emphasis throughout the week. “You guys know me better than I think anyone else,” Norman told the Charlotte media during a conference call, “and you should know how this is going to go down.” Norman has never been one to tie down his exuberance on game day. Needless to say, this reunion will be packed with emotion. But this game involves much more than Norman’s personal battle. Carolina’s defense, for instance, is going up against the league’s second-ranked offense – a unit boasting a variety of weapons…