The University of South Carolina football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Will Muschamp, will officially report for fall camp on Monday, August 1, and will hit the practice fields for the first time on Tuesday, August 2.

The team will conduct 29 practices prior to the first game at either the new practice fields, located at the west end of Gamecock Park, in the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility, or at Williams-Brice Stadium. The season opener is set for Thursday, September 1, in Nashville, Tenn. against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The 8 pm ET kick between the two SEC Eastern Division rivals will be televised on ESPN.

The Gamecocks have scheduled three practices that will be open to the public – Monday, August 15, Tuesday, August 16, and Wednesday, August 17. Each of those three practices will begin at 6:30 pm. More details will be announced at a later date.

The annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, from 2:30 – 4 pm. More details, including the site for this year’s event, will be announced at a later date.

The weekly Carolina Calls radio show, featuring Coach Muschamp and Todd Ellis, the voice of Carolina Football, will air from 7-8 p.m. on the flagship station of the Gamecocks, WNKT-FM (107.5 FM), and over the Internet at GamecocksOnline.com on Thursday night’s during the season. The show takes place each week at Wild Wing Café, located at 729 Lady Street in the Vista. There are two preseason shows scheduled – Wednesday, August 24, and the annual Pep Rally show on Tuesday, August 30.

The Gamecocks return 45 letterwinners, including a dozen starters, from last year’s squad that posted a 3-9 record.

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