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Hey guys and gals - I wanted to take an opportunity to take a quick breath and thank each of you for being a member of TheBigSpur.com. It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks with all that has happened to close out the 2013 recruiting class, the first Junior Day, the start of baseball, and the stretch run of basketball season. It’s a busy time but there are a lot of positive things happening in South Carolina athletics and we work hard to cover every bit of it. We do it for you, our members, and we love every bit of it.
Just because the 2013 recruiting season is over, it doesn’t mean there is going to be more than a quick breath taken by the staff on this site. Information doesn’t stop now and, in many ways, this is one of the best times to be a member. We have a lot of great content coming this spring including, but not limited to:
-- Redshirt reports: A breakdown of each of the members of the 2012 class, how each has progressed in the offseason, and where they fit going into spring practice.
-- Class of 2014: The coaching staff is off to a great start when it comes to 2014 recruiting. We’ve had extensive Junior Day coverage from last weekend but next week, we will unleash a series of articles detailing what to expect during the next recruiting cycle.
-- Spring practice coverage: The team will start spring practice the first full week of March and we’ll be there every step of the way from Practice 1 to the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 13. We’ll have detailed reports, valuable insights from market-leading insiders, and much more.
-- Another run to Omaha?: One thing that differentiates this sites from others is the in-depth baseball coverage and insight. We go beyond the box score and bring the best information on both the team and recruiting. This team loses a lot of key pieces from last year but there are still a lot of high hopes going forward.
-- Exclusive interviews: We have interviews set up with coaches to get their thoughts headed into spring practice. We’re not recording radio shows, we’re asking the questions that our members want answered and those will be released between now and the start of spring practice.
-- And more exclusive interviews: We have conducted a series of interviews with young players that have spoken with the media since the time of their arrival to campus. Between now and the start of spring practice, hear what Cody Waldrop, Mason Zandi, T.J. Holloman, and many others have to say as they prepare for an important spring.
Those are just some of the new things to expect in the near future. That’s in addition to the VIP Room, Spurnotes, WG’s Three-pointers, and all of our other features that make this site what it is today.
Since last signing day, TheBigSpur.com has enjoyed nearly a 20 percent growth in membership. The message boards are incredibly active and we continue to produce content that shapes the market. Spurnotes, which JC Shurburtt started when TBS began changed the game. The VIP Room set a new standard. Our baseball coverage continues to set a bar higher than any other in any market. We will continue to get better and improve our product because it is important to be on the cutting edge.
247Sports’ mission has been to become the most advanced network with regards to technology. We believe we have the best mobile platform of any network. We have rolled out products like the Twitter timeline and feed that come across the front page of the board. There’s a lot more coming, as Founder and CEO Shannon Terry lays out in this message board post. It is really an exciting time.
Over the past year, we have added Wes Mitchell to our staff. He’s done a remarkable job covering recruiting and the football team. He’s been an incredible asset to this staff and he’s under contract with TheBigSpur.com for a long time to come. Photojournalist Ryan Bethea was recently hired and he’s only started to show what he can do with a camera. Basketball analyst Alex Irwin provides a unique perspective given his time training with the current Frank Martin-led squad.
OK, folks. I think I’ve done enough gloating. I hope you’re excited about the content we have going forward and the direction this site is headed. I know we’re incredibly excited about everything right now. I had to take a breath to give yall an update. Now it’s time to get back to work. Thanks again for being a member of TheBigSpur.com! - Whittle and the rest of the staff of TheBigSpur.com
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Thanks JW,lot of great information.
Two grand boys, Two state championships. 5-peat USC
It's gonna be a good year!!!
I've never even been on another site nor have I wanted to. You guys do a great job and I can hardly wait for what's about to come!
best site to keep this expatriot doomed to jawja up to date on all things Gamecock. Thx for all you guys do...
You think we can get an updated roster of size and weight?? Have not seen that in a while...
Shameless self-promotion, imo.
The baseball stuff is still so much better than any other site that it is comical that any baseball fan would have a subscription anywhere else.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
JW Any chance we could see a scholarship chart showing players by year for football?
I'm thinking that 247Sports is supposed to have a scholarship chart feature for us to use in the near future. If not, we'll come up with something. That's something this site needs for sure.
Love the Redshirt Report. That's going to be great!
Anothing thing that would be cool to see...I know Scout used to have this, have not been over there in a few years though...
A link that lets you see other kids (that are being recruited from that same sport) that go to and have gone to the same high school. Also a link that lets you view other kids (who are being recruited from the same sport) that are from the same city...
That is an awesome link and attribute...
Have been nothing but an automatic renewing annual subscriber from day one! Paid for another site along the way, & cancelled it barely a month in. TBS is the reason I can out~converse any male I know on anything Gamecock sports related, especially recruiting! My friends spend time on Facebook, & I spend time here. Hands down better coverage, better insight, better features, just better! Thanks for all the staff's hardwork.......y'all are just as big a part of my Gamecock Nation as the coaches & players themselves~
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