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COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina football will be represented by quarterback Jake Bentley, wide receiver/kick returner Deebo Samuel and defensive end D.J. Wonnum at the 2018 SEC Football Kickoff Media Days presented by Regions Bank next week in Atlanta.

Gamecock Coach Will Muschamp and the trio of standouts will be at the Omni Hotel and the College Football Hall of Fame for the annual event on Thursday, July 19.

Football operations center

The University of South Carolina’s new football operations building has been officially named the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center, it was announced at the school’s board of trustees meeting held Wednesday.

The facility is named for Kenneth Long, the president of Long’s Drugs, his wife, Cyndi, and their family. Ken is a 1980 graduate of the university’s pharmacy school, while Cyndi is a 1986 USC graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.

Long’s Drugs has held a Gamecock Club membership for 42 consecutive years, and the family has supported numerous Gamecock sports.

“This family has stepped up time and time again to help so many of our programs,” Athletic Director Ray Tanner said. “This is the most ambitious project that we have ever embarked on and it is so exciting for us to forever link their name to this building.”

The 110,000-square foot facility is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. It will be adjacent to the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility and outdoor practice fields.

Muschamp on Dodd list

Coach Will Muschamp is one of 20 coaches named to the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year preseason watch list, it was announced by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

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Collyn Taylor reports for, the Rivals-affiliated website devoted to South Carolina Gamecocks athletics.


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