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THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson's Tanner Muse (19) makes an interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M on Saturday in Clemson.

'As good as it gets': Venables reloads Clemson defense

CLEMSON - The crowd rose and so did the noise level in Death Valley. No. 1 Clemson faced fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 10 seconds left in regulation against Texas A&M. It felt like a pivotal moment, even if it wasn't. Kellen Mond made a …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) passes while pressured by Texas A&M's Bobby Brown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

No. 1 Clemson, Lawrence dominate 12th-ranked Aggies 24-10

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 Clemson wanted to leave little doubt it was better than No. 12 Texas A&M. In the process, the Tigers left some doubts that anyone could challenge the defending national champs in another title run.

TIM LEIBLE / THE SUMTER ITEM  South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp answers questions during his weekly press conference on Tuesday at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks play host to Charleston Southern after losing to North Carolina 24-20 last week.

Changes coming as USC prepares for life after Bentley

COLUMBIA - Saturday was a rough day for the University of South Carolina football program. The Gamecocks lost a matchup to North Carolina 24-20, but more importantly, they lost their starting …

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Muschamp, teammates think Hilinski ready to step in at quarterback

The University of South Carolina football team has some changes coming, the biggest of which is coming under center. Late in the Gamecocks' 24-20 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, senior quarterback Jake Bentley suffered what could be a …

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Loss to UNC affects Gamecock's recruiting

The recruiting fallout from South Carolina's football loss to North Carolina on Saturday was immediate. On Sunday morning, running back Lovasea Carroll of IMG Academy in Florida and from Warrenton, Ga., who committed to USC in early May, …

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Gamecocks land DE Hemingway, tight end Shaw

Thursday was a bountiful recruiting day for the University of South Carolina football program as it landed commitments from defensive end Tonka Hemingway (6-feet-3-inches, 255 pounds) of Conway High School and tight end Eric Shaw (6-4, 219) of …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson quarterback Trevor  Lawrence (16) is a first team preseason All-American along with running back teammate Travis Etienne and linebacker Isiah Simmons.

Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. There are also two other Tigers on the second team. Lawrence, the …

AP FILE PHOTO  Clemson's Trayvon Mullen (1) and head coach Dabo Swinney, left, celebrate after the Tigers defeated Alabama 44-16 to win the national title in January. Clemson is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, a first for the program.

Another 1st for Clemson: No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank . The Tigers won the program's …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) is back for his junior season as a Heisman Trophy contender along with sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Clemson poised to make run at back-to-back national titles

CLEMSON - The goals haven't changed for defending national champion Clemson. When asked recently what's left the Tigers, who have won two of the past three national titles, to accomplish, coach Dabo Swinney grinned slyly then said, "We haven't …

PHIL KORNBLUT

Conway's Hemingway to announce commitment on Thursday

Conway High School defensive tackle Tonka Hemingway is the next major instate prospect who will announce his college commitment. Hemingway has set Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for his moment with South Carolina, Duke and North Carolina the finalists. He …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson head coach Dabo Swinney speaks during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

Early Clemson-Syracuse matchup looms large in ACC Atlantic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The biggest obstacle standing between Clemson and a fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship may be an early season Sept. 14 matchup at Syracuse. Clemson has largely breezed through the ACC schedule over the …

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, front, will be trying to replace seven defensive starters this year from last season's national championship team.

Clemson needs to fill major holes on defensive line

CLEMSON - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hears so many questions about the Tigers' defensive losses that he has lost count. He heard it again Tuesday - probably not for the last time. This time it came from one of those impact players no …

SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTOFormer Clemson running back Tavien Feaster (28) runs against South Carolina during the Tigers' 56-35 win in the 2018 season. Feaster is a graduate transfer who is choosing between South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Former Clemson RB Feaster to choose between USC, Hokies

One of the top undeclared graduate transfers in the country is former Clemson running back Tavien Feaster. The Spartanburg native is finishing up his summer schoolwork so that he can graduate in August with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. …

CLEMSON PHOTO  Former Edmunds High School offensive tackle and Clemson All-American offensive tackle Wayne Mass died Thursday, July 4, in Durango, Colorado, after suffering a heart attack. He was 73 years old.

Former Edmunds High School offensive tackle, Clemson All-American dies at 73

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com Wayne Mass, who was a standout offensive tackle at Edmunds High School before going on to an All-American career at Clemson, has died. Mass died on Thursday after suffering a heart attack in Durango, …

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Clemson men's basketball makes offer to 6-6 Styles

The Clemson Umen's basketball program became an early contender for 6-foot-6-inch small forward Dontrez Styles of Kingston, N.C., by dispensing an offer his way on Saturday. The Tigers join Virginia Commonwealth, Georgetown, St. John's, …