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USC, Clemson set dates for spring football games

For those anxious fans waiting through the cold temperatures, help is on the way. South Carolina and Clemson have scheduled most of their spring football practices.

The Tigers begin first, hitting the fields on March 8. They'll practice four times before spring break and return for 11 sessions after March 23.

USC begins March 19. The schools' spring games are set for April 12 (Clemson) and April 19 (USC).

The schools have usually allowed open practices and have two or three scrimmages at their stadiums before the spring games. In the past, the scrimmages and spring games have had free admission.

Only some sessions have been scheduled for each school but a full schedule should be posted soon. Check or for updates.

• BIG TIME?: Yes, that was a familiar face in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

In a story headlined "Who's Got Next?," detailing the lives of players in the NBA Developmental League, SI snapped a photo of the entire NBDL roster standing on one court. On the left side of the two-page spread, halfway up, wearing a purple shirt and looking rather disinterested in the proceedings, is former USC star Carlos Powell.

Powell left USC in 2005 as the Gamecocks' sixth-leading career scorer and leader in career games (132), the last mark eclipsed recently by Tre Kelley (134) and then Brandon Wallace (135). He played in Portugal, New Zealand and Ukraine before returning home.

The Florence native played for Golden State's summer league team before his stint in Ukraine, but after he came home, he applied for the NBDL. He was chosen second overall in the 2007 NBDL draft by the Dakota Wizards.

Powell ranks third in the NBDL in scoring, averaging 22.8 points per game. He's scored 30, 32 and 25 points in his last three games.

• READYING FOR THE TITLES: The USC and Clemson track and field teams were in action again last week, logging several NCAA championship provisional times and gearing up for the title events at the end of the season.

The Gamecocks' Jason Richardson finished second in the 55-meter hurdles and was followed by Johnny Dutch in the same event. Brittney James placed third in the long jump and the women's 4x400 relay team won its event.

The Tigers' Polly Hardy finished just shy of a top-five mark in the school record books, logging a 7.89 in the 55 hurdles. Candice Johnson was runner-up in the 800 and Jenna Baker logged a personal-best in the 3,000.