Wednesday, March 1, 2017

News digest, March 1

Baseball games on broadcast
The American Sports Network, a "diginet" broadcasting over the air (received via antenna, not cable or satellite) on TV station sub-channels, will televise several college baseball games this spring.  There are affiliates in Columbia (57.2) and the Grand Strand (21.3).

McIlwain leaving USC
Brandon McIlwain, who played both football at baseball at South Carolina, has decided to transfer, he announced Tuesday via Twitter. McIlwain saw limited duty during the 2016 baseball season and had one pinch-running appearance this season. His in-season departure leaves the Gamecocks one player under the limit on their active roster.

Here's a portion of a release from USC:

McIlwain, a 6-0, 190-pound quarterback on the football team and outfielder in baseball, played in eight games for the Gamecock football team last fall as a true freshman, including three starts. The Newtown, Pa. native completed 62-of-118 passes (52.5 percent) for 600 yards with two touchdowns and rushed 63 times for 127 yards and a pair of scores.

“Brandon came by today and spoke to me about transferring from the University of South Carolina,” said head football coach Will Muschamp. “I support his decision and wish him all the best.”

“Brandon has all the skills to be a terrific baseball player,” said head baseball coach Chad Holbrook. “I have no doubt as he devotes more time to the sport, he can do great things. We have enjoyed him immensely and we wish him well as his career moves forward.”

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