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Dedication of the Dodie

Click here for a photo gallery from Wednesday’s dedication ceremony

Student athletes, coaches, and members of the Gamecock Club gathered for the dedication ceremony for The Dodie Academic Enrichment Center today. Dodie Anderson, the donor whose generosity made the building possible with a $6 million donation, was also in attendance with her family. The center is the first building in what will become the Athletics Village and will facilitate the academic needs of student athletes.

Athletics Director Eric Hyman started the event by thanking everyone who made The Dodie possible including donors and those in charge of construction and design. University President Dr. Harris Pastides reflected on the outstanding year the university has had so far in the areas of both athletics and academics. Pastides said that The Dodie “will bring together academics and athletics very literally.” The building offers student athletes large study areas, a dining facility, tutor rooms, and computer labs. Several rooms in the building will bear the names of donors who contributed to the project.  Pastides said that the facility will serve as “a great recruiting tool.” Football head coach Steve Spurrier mentioned that the Dodie was one of the many reasons Gamecock signee Marcus Lattimore chose South Carolina.

Women’s soccer All-American and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Blakely Mattern represented the student athletes at the dedication. She was extremely excited about the new building and expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped with the project, especially Dodie Anderson. Mattern said that the building would lend to an even greater student athlete community, something she has cherished during her time as a Gamecock. “I would stay [at South Carolina] forever if they would let me,” said Mattern.

Men’s basketball head coach Darrin Horn said that he knows Dodie Anderson loves to win. “She loves those ‘W’s,’” he said.  When Anderson stood to speak, she was welcomed with a standing ovation. She quickly confirmed Horn’s statement by stating that she would “love to see more 34-17’s and 68-62’s.” She spoke of her hopes for the athletic community, and ended her speech with a vibrant “Go Cocks!”

The dedication came to a close with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Hyman and Pastides stood with Anderson as she cut the garnet ribbon. In the eyes of the Gamecock community, the Dodie is a big step for the athletic department and a huge win for the university.

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Darrin Horn on ESPN’s “The Herd”

Listen to South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn on ESPN’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd. Click here to listen on ESPN.com.

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Darrin Horn on ESPN First Take Wednesday

South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn will be on ESPN’s First Take Wednesday, Jan. 27th. The show airs from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN.

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One-on-One with Darrin Horn

WLTX News19’s Bob Shields sat down with South Carolina’s men’s basketball head coach Darrin Horn for an in-depth interview recently about how he became a coach, his family, the SEC and the Gamecocks – click the photo below to watch the video interview.

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Carolina Calls with Darrin Horn Tonight

Tune to Carolina Calls with Head Men’s Basketball Coach Darrin Horn live from Wild Wing in the Vista from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight. Listen live on 107.5 The Game or on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

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Horn Building Through Relationships

Brad Senkiw of the Anderson Independent Mail wrote a quality piece on Coach Horn and his emphasis on building relationships with his players. Click here to read the full article.

“I think a year in, and I can’t speak for them, but I’d hope that they would see that we’re going to believe in them, we’re going to back them, support them and help them grow in every way that we can,” said Horn, a father of two. “At the same time, we’re going to challenge them quite a bit. They seem to be playing hard, which is how I measure it, and as long as that’s happening, I think we’re getting through.”

Horn’s basis for success is predicated on two aspects: on the court and off the court.

“I think the hardest thing to do with the way we coach is for young people to separate what happens on the court from what happens off the court,” Horn said. “We’re fairly demanding and we’re brutally honest. That’s hard for all of us — human nature — to accept sometimes. We feel that’s what’s going to make them their best on the court and we feel that’s what’s going to prepare them for life.”

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Darrin Horn Call-In Show Tonight

Men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn has his first call-in show of the season live from Wild Wing in the Vista from 7 to 8 p.m. Listen live on 107.5 The Game or on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

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