South Carolina's opener now on a Thursday night

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will again open its football season on Thursday night.

ESPN has decided to open its 2013 broadcast schedule by showing the Gamecocks' game against North Carolina. The game is now scheduled for Aug. 29. When the Gamecocks originally announced their schedule months ago, the opener was set for Saturday, Aug. 31.

South Carolina has been a regular on ESPN's opening game since coach Steve Spurrier arrived in 2005. The Gamecocks have played the network's opening game six times, winning them all.

The draw for this year's South Carolina team is defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, an all-American likely playing his last year for the Gamecocks before entering the NFL draft.

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