Ex-USC Aiken Star Signs With Pirates

Ex-USC Aiken Star Signs With Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Reliever Roberto Hernandez finalized his two-point-75 (m) million-dollar, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday after passing a physical.

The former USC Aiken star went 8-and-6 with a two-point-58 E-R-A and four saves in 67 games with the New York Mets last season.

Hernandez says he also was offered a contract by the New York Yankees, but chose the Pirates because he expects to pitch in more late-inning situations with them. He has 324 career saves, but has not been a closer since 2002.

In 2003, Hernandez donated 1-million dollars to help build USC Aiken’s Roberto Hernandez baseball stadium.

Gamecocks Become Bowl Eligible Against MTSU

Gamecocks Become Bowl Eligible Against MTSU

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Blake Mitchell passed for a career-high 388 yards and four touchdowns and South Carolina became bowl-eligible for the second straight year under Steve Spurrier with a 52-7 victory over Middle Tennessee today.

Mitchell continued his strong play since regaining his starting spot a week ago as the Gamecocks broke a three-game losing streak.

His 15-yard T-D pass to Andy Boyd put South Carolina ahead for good at 14-7. Then Mitchell connected with his favorite target, Sidney Rice, on scoring throws of 37 and 27 yards that put the Gamecocks up 28-7 at halftime.

Mitchell’s final touchdown pass was a 19-yard toss to Cory Boyd in the third quarter.

Middle Tennessee entered with a four-game win streak and motivation for a good showing. Coach Rick Stockstill was Spurrier’s recruiting coordinator a year ago.

The Blue Raiders quickly scored when Desmond Gee caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Clint Marks on the game’s first play. The momentum did –NOT– last.

The Blue Raiders big game comes next week when they take on Troy. A win would give them the Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.

Cookin’ with Clint

Athletic Director Clint Bryant

Augusta State Athletic Director Clint Bryant has spent nearly 20 years in the Garden City. And during that time, he’s received a lot of recognition for his work. Bryant says, “I’ve got a number of first place trophies, a couple of best of show trophies. I have somewhere between 1012 trophies right now.” These pieces of hardware, though, don’t represent conference championships or coach of the year honors, but something with a little more flair. “Every grill’s different like every person’s different.”

You see, Bryant is also an award-winning outdoor cook. He says, “It started as a hobby and now it’s something that love to do. I think my grandmother loved to see people eat and I do to. I like to see people enjoy food.” Name the food, and Bryant is sure to cook it at some point. “I like ribs, chicken…I also enjoy doing a whole pig. Rack of lamb, grilled salmon…there’s nothing I won’t grill. “The key to anyone’s bar-b-que is not being in a hurry…taking their time, letting the meat cook, instead of basically rushing it.” “The line starts down there. Come down both sides.”

The A-S-U A-D regularly cooks for his Jaguar athletes too.And they couldn’t ask for a better training table. “He’s a great chef.
Last year, we had his chicken and sausage and it’s all just perfect.” “This is the third or fourth time I’ve eaten Coach Bryant’s bar-b-que. It’s always good and melts right in your mouth.” “I enjoy cooking for the athletes here at Augusta State university. They seem to enjoy it.

It’s just something I love to do.” So don’t be surprised the next time at a A-S-U basketball game, you see Coach Bryant wearing his second hat. In Augusta, Darin Wernig, N-B-C 26 sports.