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BC-SC--South Carolina Sports Digest, SC

January 5, 2018

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

SOUTH CAROLINA-MUSCHAMP

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has promoted Bryan McClendon to offensive coordinator, filling one of the Gamecocks biggest items on the offseason to-do list. Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Friday, saying he talked with McClendon soon after the interim OC had helped the Gamecocks to a 26-19 victory in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 620 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

T25-SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED — A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 17 Kentucky at No. 23 Tennessee: Kentucky has lost at Tennessee each of the last two seasons and now returns to Knoxville for a Saturday night matchup with a team that could use a big win. Tennessee has lost at No. 22 Arkansas and at home against Auburn in its first two SEC matchups after squandering double-digit leads in both games. Kentucky has won its first two SEC games over Georgia and LSU by a combined total of just eight points. SENT: 510 words. AP Photos LABF105, TNCL106, GAATH329, MSRS105.

T25-ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 12 North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia. One of two matchups of ranked teams this weekend has the defending national champion Tar Heels (12-3, 1-1) looking to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season, a 81-80 defeat at No. 24 Florida State on Wednesday night. That attempt comes at the site of perhaps their most humiliating defeat from a year ago — a 53-43 loss in Charlottesville, Virginia, that marked the lowest-scoring game in coach Roy Williams’ tenure at his alma mater. The Cavaliers (13-1, 2-0) have won five in a row and, true to form under coach Tony Bennett, have held each opponent in that stretch to 60 or fewer points. SENT: 520 words. AP Photos LABF105, TNCL106, GAATH329, MSRS105.VAROA311, FLSC108, INRF104, NCBM106.

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