Bruce Ellington Bombshell

University of South Carolina football wide receiver/ basketball point guard Bruce Ellington – one of the most gifted two-sport athletes in NCAA history – announced this week his intention to forego his senior year with the Gamecock football team and enter the 2014 NFL draft. Ellington’s decision means he will…

University of South Carolina football wide receiver/ basketball point guard Bruce Ellington – one of the most gifted two-sport athletes in NCAA history – announced this week his intention to forego his senior year with the Gamecock football team and enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Ellington’s decision means he will not compete with Frank Martin’s Gamecock basketball team in 2014 – a major blow to Martin’s already struggling squad.

“I would like to thank Coach Spurrier, Coach Horn and Coach Martin for giving me the opportunity to play both football and basketball at South Carolina,” Ellington said in a statement. “I also want to thank all the Gamecock fans and my teammates for the past four years in Columbia. It’s been a great experience and I’ve been truly blessed.”

Ellington caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns this year – including a season-high 140 yards and a pair of scores against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. For his Gamecock career, he caught 106 passes for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns.

On the hardwood, Ellington racked up 893 points, 238 assists and 223 rebounds in parts of four seasons.  During his freshman campaign in 2010-11 – when he was focused exclusively on basketball – he averaged 12.8 points per game.

Ellington joins football teammates Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton in declaring himself eligible for the 2014 draft.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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USC January 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

It’s not like these guys are going to earn any degrees.

Lowcountry Baller January 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Bruce Ellington has his degree – as does his cousin and fellow former Gamecock baller RJ Slawson. This is not a bombshell though. Everyone BUT Will saw this coming a mile away. He should stop blogging about college athletics about which he knows nothing and stick with politics.

Ellington does not care for Frank Martin or they way Martin treated his cousin RJ. Miami boy needs to understand that everyone up here is related to each other and what goes around comes around…

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

A Sociology degree doesn’t mean shit. Sure you might get an Asst. Manager position at Starbucks or Hardee’s. It may help you get a job over someone with a high school diploma, but it’s not a career helping degree. When people ask, “What do you do with a degree in XXXX?” it’s a shitty major.

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

“Miami boy needs to understand that everyone up here is related to each other”

Is that why they all call each other “brotha” and “sista”?

Scooter January 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

What in the hell does he know about politics?

GrandTango January 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Dey done Smoked dey degree at Clemson…

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

If so Clowney would have gone to Clemson. You can’t tell me he’s not hoping to get drafted by Denver.

Guest January 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Ellington already has his degree.

Squishy123 January 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

In what? Anything useful?

Frank January 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Associate degree?

Squishy123 January 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

They say a BS in Sociology, so yeah the equivalent of an AA in anything.

Norma Scok January 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

one worth more than yours princess

Squishy123 January 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

More than a BS in Chemical Engineering? He must be one smart fellow.

Norma Scok January 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

You are so full of shit. Just now you say you have “BS in
Chemical Engineering,” and have been working for “22 years at one of the localmanufacturing companies”

I can’t remember where or when but I read you claimed
recently 2 have 2 degrees and don’t work in a field with either of them. Then you have said things like the following
7 days ago under “Jadeveon Clowney Has The Need … The Need For Speed”
“BTW – I work at USC and know a little bit about some of the
“special admits”, including Clowney.”
A month ago under “One For The Thumb!”
“I’m not even from this trailer park of a state.”
2 months ago under “ South
Carolina-Florida: Upset Averted”
“I work at USC and have firsthand knowledge how the system
at the Div I level and in this school works” this is also when you claimed you played d2 basketball.
Umm, USC isn’t a local manufacturing company and if you don’tlive here you don’t even work for USC.
You have been caught for being the lying troll you are
making shit up. Seeing as how full of
shit you have been proven to be I am done with you. Have a short unfulfilling life douchebag!

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I’ve worked at USC as a researcher on several projects for a number of years. If you look in the directory, I’m there dumbass. Unless Dirtpecker U. just randomly adds names I don’t see where the confusion is. I’m not from this state, but I do live here… I realize that in your little circle everyone has lived here forever and is related. I did go to school on a Div. II basketball scholarship, I realize this is confusing to you because I am white, I didn’t major in Sociology, and I actually did graduate.

The only thing you got right in your little tirade is that USC is not a local manufacturing company, I never said it was.

If I’m a troll, then I guess you’re my little lost puppy that follows me wherever I go. Maybe you should stick to being GrandTango, you’re exposing yourself with the same level of stupidity.

Norma Scok January 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

so as “a researcher” you have knowledge as you claim into students academic records . You have repeatedly claimed to have 1st hand knowledge and information on several players. How is that even possible? Its not. you are same dumb fuck that thinks its funny to laugh at suicide and you claimed to name yourself after the kid got run over. add it all up and you are a pathetic troll.

Squishy123 January 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

I thought you were done with me. If I’m a “troll”, does that make you a “liar”?

Aren’t you the person who’s taken over the name of another person on this blog? According to someone who now goes by something like Norma Scok 3, that’s apparently what you’ve done. How sad is that?

And yes, on occasions I have had access to student records. That’s all I’m going to say about that… because that’s really none of your business.

How’s your blood pressure doing? Calm down before you have a stroke.

Norma Scok January 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

or because its 100% illegal and you could lose your job and go to jail. I would pray you can hide well you fucking pussy

Squishy123 January 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Ha!!! Now working with the Registrar’s office and DataWarehouse is illegal? Why did I have to complete all the security paperwork to access certain data if it were going to be illegal for me to do so. Give it up Norma, you’re just talking stupidity now.

Norma Scok January 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

it is for you to talk about a students information and you know it dumbass.

Squishy123 January 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

What did I state that isn’t common knowledge? I have never looked at Clowney’s files because he was not an Engineering student and as far as I know has never taken an Engineering course. That may be shocking news to you.

You might want to stick to talking about things you know what you’re talking about and not trying to make federal cases out of things you don’t.

Norma Scok January 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Oh not so fast, you have repeatedly commented on here you have personally seen his information, and then have 1st hand knowledge (meaning more than what is public information) and then passed it along via social media (blog site comment section). If you signed security documents saying you wouldn’t do that, then you would be in violation of said discloser documents. Lets see what else you have said. u have now supposedly given a full description of who you are, and where you went, and what you did in college. Im sure a call to the registrars office with this information that you have “disclosed” and nw downloaded printouts of all the bad things you have repeatedly said time and time again in a negative manner towards the people who pay you may cause come problems for you. Lets find out. I am sure there are so many white d-2 basketball players that got degrees in Chemical engineering that previously worked for 22 years at a local manufacturing plant. If you are in the directory, as you claim, you wont be that hard to figure out. FYI this hatred of you has nothing to do with USC either. I have had a family member pass away in a manner you wrote about as a joke. I did not find it amusing, and now I promise with the information you have given out now, I will do my best to get you fired.

Squishy123 January 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

You’re funny.

Okay Kojak, find out who I am and report me. I bet you won’t because you’re nothing more than a lost puppy who’s all bark.

Other than that… sit… roll over… good boy!!!

easy now January 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm

1st what have you done with yours, if you have one? He by the way has earned a sociology degree in only 3.5 years while playing 2 sports at a very high level. Not an easy task for anyone and a hell of a lot better than anything you have ever done I am sure. If he makes a paycheck in the NFL he would have earned more than you in your life in just one year, if not he has something to fall back on. I’ve seen your posts before, they are always very stupid and disrespectful. I don’t think too many people can be as dumb as you in real life, so you must be just a troll.

Squishy123 January 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

A BS in Sociology (worthless degree by the way) in 3.5 years. That time includes taking courses during the summer.

So will he be making more than you do as well? So if he’s drafted, what will he be doing 3-4 years from now when he’s out of the league? Janitor at Starbucks?

GrandTango January 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

“Bombshell”….LMAO….FITS hit count must have really taken a dive when I took my hiatus…
You are desperate. bro…
I really hope Bruce makes a lot of money. He certainly deserves it. He really worked HARD, and was clutch so many times..

Also: SC is not like Clemson…SC will be fine because the coaches can develop the talent they recruit, and have waiting. The SC coaches don’t have to beg kids to bail them out…nor do they give bad advice to save their own butts, like Clemson…
Best of luck Bruce.

PS: Martin will not be judged on Bruce staying or going. He has another year to build. then we’ll see.

Lowcountry Baller January 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Martin is toast. In another 18 months, he will be back cheating at high school ball in Miami and Carolina will be left to deal with the NCAA.

Bruce Ellington is a great kid who came to Carolina because of Darrin Horn (which is why he is thanked in the press release). Ellington and Slawson – cousins and AAU teammates – were a “package deal.” Oliver Purnell wasn’t sold on it and Horn was there to close it. And Steve Spurrier was the unwitting – but very happy – beneficiary.

GrandTango January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for the info. I don’t disagree. but all the “experts” in Columbia say it’s just a matter of time before Martin is winning big.
I guess we’ll just have to see. Even if he does win, they are just saying that, because they bad-mouthed Horn so much…and Martin is their kind of guy…

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Those experts are the same people talking about football national championships every year too.

Scooter January 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Cary Rich, an expert? That is about like calling PhIIIL Kornbutt an .

Ass Clown Inc. January 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Folks publishing his book…Now that would be a bombshell.

Smirks January 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Not much of a bombshell, somehow I think he has far better chances getting into the NFL than he does the NBA. He’s gotta do what is best for him, more power to him.

Good luck Bruce, and thanks for all you’ve done for the Gamecocks!

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

And if neither of those work, maybe he can take work as Rick Henry’s assistant sports director. He’d probably be a little better than Joe what’s his name that is trying to be the next Dick Vitale.

Elfego January 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

You cannot and should not blame these young folks for making better life choices. That is plain ridiculous.

Fastmouth January 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I truly believe that USC could have made a better choice than Martin for its basketball coach. I say give him 1 more year to show improvement, and if there’s none, he’s got to go. Horn surely didn’t have it together, but I don’t think Martin is what they needed either. I don’t really know what the answer is.

Squishy123 January 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

USC could drop basketball and save the athletic department a ton of money. Nobody in Columbia cares about college basketball.

JJ January 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

If you think this is a bombshell, you haven’t been paying attention. The writing was on the wall since at least yesterday, in case the C1B performance didn’t solidify it

P.S.-he’s played a whopping 3 games with the basketball team this season–they’ve already moved on, and we all knew this year was still going to be a struggle, Ellington or not, considering Martin had to build from the ground up.


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