Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friends, family and former teammates will memorialize David Pitchko's life Wednesday night in New Jersey.
David Pitchko's fall from "crazy" young athlete into a man without a memory or words started slowly five years ago. First, the former University of South Carolina wide receiver started making repetitive sales calls to the same customers for his uncle's company. Then came the slurred words and the inappropriate behavior. His uncle Joe called his mom. Something was "wrong with Dave." Doctor after doctor reviewed Pitchko's case, but it would be months before doctors determined that Pitchko was suffering from frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a progressive neurological disorder that robs sufferers of their memories, words and, eventually, their lives. Pitchko's battle ended at age 44 with his death on Dec. 3. He left behind parents, siblings…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Mitchell, a former USC quarterback, died in September.
Employees at the company where former USC quarterback Allen Mitchell used to work are selling barbecue plates to raise money for Mitchell's wife and kids. Mitchell, who was one of two quarterbacks who led South Carolina to its first 10-season win in 1984 as part of the "Black Magic" Gamecocks, died in September at age 48 after committing suicide. His former co-workers at Trane in West Columbia are holding a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the company's office at 111 Lott Court. Meal tickets for $10, and must be ordered by Monday. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for $5 before the event and during the event. The drawing will be at 2 p.m. the day of the event. The prizes include holiday wreaths, Trane items, gift …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
USC may have punched its ticket to Florida with a 27-17 win over rival Clemson.
Updated (11 p.m. Nov. 24): South Carolina may have punched its ticket to a New Year's Day bowl game with a convincing 27-17 win over Clemson on Saturday night. Experts at ESPN and CBS Sportsline project the Gamecocks will be playing in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day against a Big Ten school. ESPN's Brad Edwards has South Carolina (10-2) playing Wisconsin. CBS Sportline's Jerry Palm has the Gamecocks playing Northwestern.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The South Carolina runningback is likely lost for the season after first-half knee injury against Tennessee.
For the second straight season, South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore is done for the season following a knee injury. Many are also speculating whether the athlete, lauded for his strong character and work ethic as well as his athletic skills, will ever be able to play football again. Draft analysts such as ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., have picked Lattimore the top NFL running back prospect in 2013 if he decided to forego his senior year. Here are some of what fans and media are saying about his gruesome injury. A massive outpouring of support from around the nation, including tweets from many college and pro athletes and coaches, made Lattimore the top trending topic on Twitter in the hours after his injury. A community page on …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Funeral services for Allen Mitchell, a former USC quarterback, will be held Wednesday in Lexington.
Services for Mr. Franklin Allen Mitchell, 48, of Lexington will be Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main Street, Lexington. A private burial will follow services at Ridge Crest Memorial Park, Batesburg-Leesville. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at Milton Shealy Funeral Home, Batesburg-Leesville, SC. Allen Mitchell was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend, who deeply loved his family, and was eager to love and serve all those who needed him. He was a coach in the Lexington Dixie Baseball organization and enjoyed coaching. He loved nothing more than supporting his children, Riley and Walker, at their various interests. Allen was a committed follower of Jesus, and …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
He led the Gamecocks to a 10-2 record in 1984.
Allen Mitchell, one of two quarterbacks who led South Carolina to its first 10-win season in 1984 as part of the "Black Magic" Gamecocks under Joe Morrison, has died, according to media reports. He took his life over the weekend, according to reports. He was 48. He is survived by his wife and two children. Mitchell, along with QB Mike Hold and a tremendous defense, tore through opponents including Pittsburgh, Florida State and Notre Dame in 1984 — leading the Gamecocks to a 9-0 record and national prominence. But a 38-21 loss to Navy on Nov. 17, 1984 — which some attributed to the Chicken Curse — ended the Gamecocks' chances at a national title. South Carolina wrapped up with a win over rival Clemson before losing to Oklahoma State in the …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Fans attending the contest will receive a souvenir card commemorating the Gamecocks’ first 11-win season.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The University of South Carolina will honor the Gamecock Football team during halftime of the men's basketball game against Florida on Saturday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. Head football coach Steve Spurrier and members of the team are expected to be on hand. Fans attending the contest will receive a souvenir card commemorating the Gamecocks’ first 11-win season. The Gamecocks finished the 2011 campaign with an 11-2 record and ranked in the Top-10 for the first time in school history. The season culminated with a 30-13 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Tickets for the basketball game remain on sale at the Colonial Life Arena box office, by calling 800-4SC-FANS or through the internet at …