South Carolina will kick off another college football season when the Gamecocks host North Carolina on Aug. 29 in a game televised by ESPN.
This will be Steve Spurrier's ninth season as South Carolina's coach, and he will have opened seven of them on Thursday night ESPN telecasts with victories in the first six. The Gamecocks opened last season on a Thursday night, topping Vanderbilt 17-13 in Nashville.
Vanderbilt's 2013 opener against visiting Ole Miss had been mentioned as a candidate for ESPN's first Thursday slot.
ESPN released a schedule Monday of Atlantic Coast Conference games it will televise during the week. The cable network will telecast Florida State at Pittsburgh on Labor Day night and will have four ACC head-to-head Thursday games throughout the season.
Among those will be Clemson at North Carolina State on Sept. 19, Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech on Sept. 26 and Georgia Tech at Clemson on Nov. 14. The Yellow Jackets are having to play at Clemson two straight years due to the ACC adjusting its schedules with the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...