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About TheBigSpur.com

TheBigSpur.com was established in August of 2007 and since then has been one of the fastest-growing college sports communities and media outlets on the Internet.

Originally an affiliate of ESPN, TheBigSpur.com joined the 247Sports network in September of 2010. 


Led by a team of insiders, including Tony Morrell, who has been the authority on Gamecock football and recruiting for a decade, TBS features the best inside information and scoop on Gamecock athletics and is the clear market leader in breaking news, recruiting and inside coverage of Carolina football, baseball and basketball. 



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TBS Staff

Tony Morrell

Owner & Publisher

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For the better part of the decade, Morrell has been the authority on Gamecock football and recruiting. He joined TheBigSpur.com as a co-owner and daily contributor in May of 2009 and his addition directly led to a skyrocketing of growth in daily visitors and members. Morrell is a native of Rock Hill, S.C., and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

JC Shurburtt

Owner & Publisher
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Shurburtt founded TheBigSpur.com in 2007 with former partner Keith Allsep after a stint at Rivals.com as the Southeastern Recruiting Analyst and Recruiting Editor. In addition to his contributions to TBS, Shurburtt is a National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports and is one of the most respected authorities on recruiting in the country. Prior to TBS joining 247Sports, Shurburtt was a national recruiting writer for ESPN.com. Shurburtt is a native of Spartanburg, S.C., and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate.

John Whittle

Senior Writer/Managing Editor

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Whittle has been with TheBigSpur.com since 2007 and handles the daily beat coverage for all of South Carolina athletics with a concentration on Gamecock football and baseball. He's widely regarded as the authority on South Carolina's national championship-winning baseball program and is the only baseball recruiting writer in the market. Known for his witty, friendly style of writing and penchant for breaking news, Whittle is respected across the state of South Carolina and the SEC for his work. Whittle is a native of Columbia, S.C., and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Wes Mitchell
Football Analyst/
Recruiting Reporter

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Mitchell joined the team with TheBigSpur.com on August 1, 2012 after spending his career as a reporter, and later a publisher, at Scout.com. He is well-connected in the football program, both at a team and recruiting recruiting level. Mitchell is a do-it-all reporter and is well-versed across all sports. Currently, Mitchell is a co-host on The Zone from 1-4 p.m. on 1230 AM in Columbia, S.C. A York, S.C. native, Mitchell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

William Gunter

Basketball/Recruiting Reporter 

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Gunter, a former high school basketball and AAU basketball coach, is the authority on basketball recruiting in the state of South Carolina and is known throughout the Southeast for his knowledge of basketball and basketball recruiting. Gunter joined the TBS staff in 2008 and is the founder of Palmetto Scouting Basketball and also co-hosts Sports Talk, First Edition on 1400-AM in Columbia, S.C.. Gunter is a native of Lexington, S.C., and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Juan Blas
Senior Staff Photographer

Blas is known throughout the Midlands of South Carolina for his ability to shoot pictures and his work has been featured in numerous venues around Columbia and the state. Blas joined the TBS Staff in 2008.



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