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Sen. Darrell Jackson’s son pushing in-state athletes away from USC


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#1 Doug Jolley

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:07 PM

He has been an influential figure for young, predominantly African American, men in the Richland county area. During a recent outbreak on Twitter, Antione openly admitted to guiding these young men (specifically athletes) away from the University of South Carolina.

The outbreak began when former Gamecock basketball star, Sindarius Thornwell, was tweeting about local players leaving the state for their college careers. Thornwell harped on the growth opportunity South Carolina, and specifically his coach, Frank Martin, provided for he and his teammates. Thornwell, who led the Gamecock’s Basketball team to its first ever Final Four, is an icon in the area. He was very involved in the community during his time in Columbia. In fact, the whole team was, sighting multiple youth outreach events and voluntary community service.

As one can imagine, Thornwell and the rest of the Gamecock fan base didn’t take Jackson’s comments lightly. There has been a lot of back and forth communication between the two viewpoints, but Jackson continues to stand by his thought process. He even took it as far to post a picture of former local basketball star, Seventh Woods, holding a trophy from his team’s NCAA tournament win – subsequently implying that one cannot win that big at USC. Seventh may have chosen the right school for him, and we wish him the best of luck, but he has predominantly sat on the bench and decided to attend a University that was fresh off of the largest academic scandal in NCAA history. It just makes you question Jackson’s true barometer for success, especially if he had any influence on Woods’ decision. A mentor should not value rings over education, player development and personal growth.

Jackson firmly believes that USC cannot help advance the young men of his community. He thinks the growth opportunity provided by the University is sub-par compared to other options. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, his carries more weight due to the mentor role he embraces for young men. As if Jackson didn’t have it hard enough being a Clemson fan living in USC territory, we can only imagine the impact his outbreak will have moving forward. His actions can be served as a lesson to the youth, be careful what you say and do on social media platforms.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:24 PM

In other words he is a tater through and through!



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:50 PM

:) I like how Sindarius is leading the way trying to change the mind of instate high school kids from leaving the state.  Coach Staley had to deal with players leaving the state when she first became head coach here, but she turned it around by signing instate players like Welch, Sessions, Dosier, Coates, and Wilson while winning the National Championship. Coach Staley changed the culture and Coach Martin is doing the same thing now by recruiting the national instate recruits harder than what was done in the past before he arrived. PJ & Sindarius are examples of that and what can happen if more national instate players sign with Coach Martin, the Final Four is just the beginning of what can be accomplished.


Edited by fanalways, 11 July 2018 - 05:16 PM.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:46 PM

In other words he is a tater through and through!


No, nothing to do with Clemson.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:46 PM

:) I like how Sindarius is leading the way trying to change the mind of instate high school kids from leaving the state. Coach Staley had to deal with players leaving the state when she first became head coach here, but she turned it around by signing instate players like Welch, Sessions, Dosier, Coates, and Wilson while winning the National Championship. Coach Staley changed the culture and Coach Martin is doing the same thing now by recruiting the national instate recruits harder than what was done in the past before he arrived. PJ & Sindarius are examples of that and what can happen if more national instate players sign with Coach Martin, the Final Four is just the beginning of what can be accomplished.


Fan - couldn’t agree more!

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:56 PM

He also does not approve of Clemson. I his opinion, everyone should leave the state. I heard a rant from the Tiggers in my family. He pointed out that Brownell and Frank had to used juco or transfers. He seemed unaware that Carolina went to the Final Four and that Clemson made it to the Sweet 16. Good for Sin.




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