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S.C. State coach into DHS Athletics Hall of Fame

South Carolina State football assistant Gerald Harrison is one of two people scheduled to be inducted into the Darlington High School (DHS) Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. Also scheduled for induction is Jazma “Jazz” Green, a 2011 multi-sport graduate of Darlington High who was a standout basketball player at Coker College.

The enshrinement will take place at halftime of the boys’ home varsity basketball game between Darlington and rival Hartsville High School.

Coach Harrison, a Darlington native, became Darlington High’s first head varsity football coach when the two Darlington high schools – Mayo High and St. John’s High – merged in 1995. He had been varsity head coach at Mayo.

In his second year at DHS, he guided the Falcons to the 1996 SCHSL 4A Division II State Championship game with a win over Dutch Fork High in the Lower State title contest. Harrison served eight seasons at DHS head coach before becoming an assistant at S.C. State, his alma mater, under current head coach Buddy Pough in 2003.

Harrison recently completed his 16th season as a member of the Bulldog football staff, where he served as an offensive assistant (running backs) before switching to the defense in 2006 as a defensive line assistant. The S.C. State alumnus also serves as the director of football operations and pro liaison for the Bulldogs.

In addition to six seasons as the head coach at Darlington, Harrison also served coaching stints at Mayo and St. Stephen.

Harrison earned a bachelor’s degree at S.C. State in 1974, and also holds a master’s degree from the institution. He and his wife, Dr. Valerie Harrison, are the proud parents of two children – son Gerald Jr. and daughter Gerrin.

Staley, USC to face Florida

COLUMBIA – No. 21/25 South Carolina looks to remain undefeated in SEC action when it hosts Florida on Thursday night.

The Lady Gamecocks (10-4, 2-0 SEC) are one of four women's basketball teams at 2-0 in league play this season. In fact, the two South Carolina basketball teams are a combined 4-0 in league action – the only SEC school to be undefeated in conference basketball action.

Florida leads the series 20-17, but the Lady Gamecocks have won the last nine and are 9-4 against Florida in the Dawn Staley era.

Clemson women face 'Canes

CLEMSON – The Lady Tigers (10-5, 1-1) and No. 23 Miami (14-3, 2-0) will meet in ACC women’s basketball action at 11 a.m. Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida.

With a start on Thursday, senior guard Danielle Edwards will move into fifth place in program history for career starts, having started all 106 games played for Clemson thus far in her career.

Clemson is looking for its first win over Miami since the 2013-14 season. It would also be the first time that the Lady Tigers have tallied back-to-back ACC wins since 2016-17.

Davis awarded scholarship

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – On Tuesday, during a team meeting the night before Clemson University men’s basketball faced Syracuse on the road in its second ACC game of the season, something special happened.

Head coach Brad Brownell gathered the team and began to start a dialogue of what it is like to be a coach and to see player development first hand. Not just on the court, but in all aspects.

Brownell concluded his speech to the team with, “Something special is about to happen …” That something special was awarding fourth-year walk-on senior guard Lyles Davis (James Island Charter School) a scholarship for his last semester of school.

Last spring, Davis was awarded the “Academic Excellence” Award, presented each year at the Tigers’ basketball banquet by academic advisor Leslie Moreland-Bishop.

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