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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones said that the 2020 Crimson Tide is the greatest college football team ever assembled.

Crimson Tide 2020 the greatest? What about '19 LSU, '18 Clemson?

By halftime, with Alabama clearly unstoppable and cruising toward a perfect season, the mind began to wander toward an obvious question. Has Nick Saban, the greatest coach in the history of college football, assembled the greatest team of them …

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Defensive line coach Rocker also leaves USC for Auburn

New University of South Carolina football head coach Shane Beamer has been putting a coaching staff together much to the liking of new Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin. After losing offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo and …

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) catches a touchdown pass in front of Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade during the Tides' 52-24 win in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Unstoppable Tide: Alabama routs Ohio State to win crown

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The celebration was at once familiar and unique. The confetti cannons sent a crimson and white shower into the air and Alabama players ran to the sideline to grab their championship hats and T-shirts. It's a rite of passage …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers finished third in the final Associated Press poll of the season.

Perfect Alabama finishes No. 1; Clemson third, Coastal No. 14

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Alabama finished the season No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the 12th time, extending its record by completing the program's first perfect season since 2009. The Crimson Tide were a unanimous No. 1 in the final poll, getting 61 …

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer has gotten off to a rocky start with the Gamecocks.

Beamer off to bumpy start as Gamecocks' football coach

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Shane Beamer can't look at his phone these days without worrying if it's bad news. Player transfers, de-commitment by recruits and offensive assistants Beamer hired opting to leave for a Southeastern Conference …

Boston College's CJ Felder, the former Sumter High forward, scored a career high 24 points in the Eagles' 83-82 loss to Duke.

Felder scores 24 points in BC's 83-82 loss to Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Former Sumter High School standout CJ Felder scored a career high 24 points for Boston College on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to lead to a victory. Wendell Moore Jr. scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 21 Duke hold …

USC Sumter players talk before their first practice of the season on Wednesday.

USC Sumter baseball starts spring practice, but questions about season still loom

The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team held its first official practice of the spring on Wednesday. While it wasn't the first organized activity of the 2020-21 school year, it was a sign that the Fire Ants' season is soon scheduled to …

Former South Carolina offensive coordinator and interim head coach Mike Bobo is leaving the Gamecocks for an SEC foe, as he will be the new OC for Auburn.

Auburn's Harsin hires OC Bobo away from Carolina

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Mike Bobo and Will Friend, who had their contracts finalized this week as part of new football head coach Shane Beamer's first staff at the University of South Carolina, have left to be part of the staff at Southeastern …

South Carolina's AJ Lawson (00) led the Gamecocks with 30 points in a 78-54 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday.

Lawson scores 30, leads USC over Texas A&M 78-54

COLUMBIA (AP) - AJ Lawson scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the second half as South Carolina pulled away and beat Texas A&M 78-54 on Wednesday night in the Gamecocks' Southeastern Conference opener. South Carolina (3-2, 1-0), which had a …

Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III (27) won the Ray Guy Award, the prize given to the nation's top punter, on Thursday.

Sumter’s Harvin becomes first Black punter to win Ray Guy Award

Former Sumter High School standout and Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III has been named the winner of the Ray Guy Award, which is rewarded annually to the top punter in college …

Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai (72) deflects a pass by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during the Tigers' 49-28 loss in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the Sugar Bowl on Friday in New Orleans.

Clemson star QB Lawrence sputters in Superdome again

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on his back, reaching out desperately with his right hand to try to gather in the ball after it squirted through his arms as he was dragged down to the Superdome turf. The Heisman Trophy …

The Sumter Item celebrated the 2020 senior class that lost their final high school seasons this spring.

2020 in review: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year

Just as it did in every other facet of life, the coronavirus pandemic had a massive affect on the world of sports in 2020. No matter the level - professional, collegiate, high school, youth - what the pandemic did to keep games from being played, …

South Carolina approves salaries for football assistants

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's Board of Trustees has approved more than $4.1 million in salaries for eight assistant coaches on football coach Shane Beamer's first staff. The panel approved the deals Monday for four holdovers from fired coach …

South Carolina's Alanzo Frink and the Gamecocks are now hoping for a postseason in the Hoosier state, as the NCAA announced on Monday that the entirety of the men's basketball tournament will be played in Indiana.

Men's March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA announced Monday that all 67 men's basketball tournament games including the Final Four will be played entirely in Indiana in a bid to keep the marquee event from being called off for a second consecutive year because of the …

Ohio State running back Trey Sermon runs past Clemson safety Lannden Zanders during Buckeye's 49-28 win in the College Football Playoff semifinal game in the Sugar Bowl on Friday, in New Orleans.

Ohio State was motivated, far better than Clemson

What happened? I am not sure, but I didn't see 49-28, Ohio State over Clemson, anywhere on the radar. In fact, I saw a similar score, only with the Tigers coming out on the very long end of the stick. There is no doubt though, the Buckeyes …