Holbrook, USC Aware of, Yet Avoiding, SEC Standings Talk


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — On the concourse at Founders Park, a white board with the current SEC Standings is wiped clean.

On this Thursday, one day before (8) USC’s home series with (2) Texas A&M, the board, updated before each Carolina home game, waits for the dry erase markers to fill its contents.

Chad Holbrook and his players don’t look at it. In fact, they do their best to avoid it, but on Friday night, when marker hits board, Carolina will host Texas A&M with first place on the line in the SEC.

“I don’t talk to them (the players) about where we are too much,” said Holbrook Thursday. “That’s too much for a young player to think about. We’re just trying to win tomorrow night.”

While that statement might sound like “coach speak” (Holbrook has even poked fun at himself for his “coach speak” statements), it is the truth whether or not that resonates with his players or not.

“Obviously we all think about it,” said Alex Destino. “Coach says when these big teams come in, treat it like a Super Regional. This is going to do a lot for us with the national seed, and we’re all aware of that.”

Any way you spin it, right now, at the top of the SEC East standings, Carolina and Florida, arguably two of the best teams in the nation, are tied for the SEC lead.

USC, along with the rest of the SEC, has two conference series remaining in the regular season. The Gamecocks (37-11, 16-7 SEC) host Texas A&M (37-10, 16-8 SEC) this weekend, then travel to Alabama to finish the regular season schedule. Florida (41-8, 16-7 SEC) hosts (7) Vanderbilt in a three-game series this weekend. Four of the conference’s five teams face each other this weekend, making Friday, Saturday and Sunday arguably the most important weekend of college baseball in the SEC.

Holbrook goes one step further.

“Even if we don’t win the SEC regular season, there are a lot of things that can be accomplished,” said the fourth-year head coach. “People are already throwing out seeding and hosting, but I’ve told them all year long, let’s play 56 and see where we stand. That approach has worked okay.”






Categories: Local Sports, Sports, USC Gamecocks