South Carolina added a pair of cornerbacks last week and Clemson is hopeful of picking up a heavily recruited safety this week.The Gamecocks gained commitments from DJ Daniel of Georgia Military JC and Cam Smith of Blythewood.Daniel chose USC over Georgia and Kentucky. Daniel made his decision known at a gathering of family, coaches and teammates at the school gym. He becomes the first corner commitment in USC's 2019 recruiting class.USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator/secondary coach Travaris Robinson pushed a message of need at the cornerback position on Daniel throughout the process.“It’s more of a need than a want for them,” said Daniel. "I’m looking at the depth chart for them on the defensive side. The support system here is outstanding. I love the coaching staff."Daniel is regarded as the top cover corner in the junior college ranks for this season. Last season, the Griffin, Ga., native had 26 tackles with 3 interceptions and 5 pass … [Read more...] about South Carolina adds two defensive backs, Clemson hopes to land one this week
Dr. Kirt Caton Select Health of South Carolina, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care organization and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, announced that Kirt Caton, M.D., has been named market chief medical officer (CMO). In this position, Dr. Caton will be responsible for market-based clinical leadership and execution of all health care affordability and clinical quality initiatives designed to achieve Select Health’s business goals. He will report to Select Health Market President Courtnay Thompson. Dr. Caton joined Select Health in March 2013 as medical director for Utilization Management (UM). During his tenure with Select Health, he has provided leadership for key initiatives including UM physician and staff training, standardization and enhancement of the review process, and implementation of interdisciplinary team rounds to help reduce preventable hospital readmissions. Prior to coming to Select Health, Dr. Caton spent the … [Read more...] about Kirt Caton, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer by Select Health of South Carolina
COLUMBIA — Will Muschamp made history on Saturday.He became the first Columbian ever to ask for more heat.“I don’t know what kind of weather dance we’ve been doing, but we didn’t get the heat we need,” South Carolina’s third-year coach said after Saturday’s scrimmage, the third of preseason camp. “That is a huge concern of mine.”Saturday was cloudy and cool for a Columbia August, the temperature barely brushing 90 degrees. Muschamp wants a couple of days that the “Famously Hot” city is known for, so he can judge his players and how they handle it.With a noon kickoff against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 1, and a 3:30 p.m. kick against Georgia the next week, it’s going to be steamy in the capital city. Seeing how players handle the last minutes of a practice in stifling conditions would be ideal now, but the weather isn’t cooperating.USC ran 170 snaps in the closed session, and Muschamp said the energy, … [Read more...] about Muschamp wanting more from South Carolina … weather?
The Charleston County School District shelled out serious money to recruit teachers this year — and it worked.The district's chief human resources officer elicited gasps and a round of applause at a school board meeting Aug. 13 when he reported the results of an aggressive and expensive recruiting campaign: The district of about 50,000 students had just two teaching positions left to fill before the start of classes on Aug. 20, and none of them were in math classrooms.The HR officer, Bill Briggman, acknowledged there's more to recruiting and retaining teachers than throwing money at them. But it can't hurt that the district now offers a base salary of $37,407, the highest in the state, with a goal of bumping the scale up to $40,000 over the next two years.For math teaching positions at some high-poverty schools, the district now offers a starting salary of $45,000.The new pay hikes affect the entire salary scale, which sets a teacher's salary based on education level and years of … [Read more...] about Amid teacher shortage, South Carolina school recruiters get aggressive
It wasn't long before the strip of beach got a macabre nickname: the "pit of death." It started in 2015 when a tourist from Pennsylvania spotted a bone sticking out of a mud flat on the north end of Edisto Island. The tide was coming in, and he quickly pulled out all the bones he could find before they were washed away.Ashby Gale, a former ranger at Edisto Beach State Park, was on vacation at the time, but he stumbled on his own discovery in the area not long after: a skull, with a few teeth still attached.Together, the bones and skull were components of a cow skeleton, dating back to the mid-1800s.It was evidence of a beach community, hundreds of years old, that's now been lost to the sea. South Carolina's coast, like the rest of the modern shoreline, isn't fixed. Over time, it's fluctuated to spots that are miles from its current location. Those are changes that have happened over millions of years, but there are more recent examples that change, in the islands and the … [Read more...] about Clues remain from South Carolina’s former beach communities, victims of shoreline change