It's been quite an offseason for the Gamecocks. 

A coach and his staff is replaced. A new staff is brought in. Players decide to transfer. New recruits are added at a torrid pace. 

Now, South Carolina is telling its lone signee from the fall signing period that he will be released from his letter of intent and will not be a Gamecock. 

Tyrone Haughton has been told by the staff that he is released from his letter of intent and he is free to sign elsewhere. Haughton was the first piece of the puzzle for the Gamecocks in 2012-2013 and all indications appeared to have him set on being a Gamecock for the next basketball season. 

A strong sign things weren't right when it took a few weeks for Martin, or a member of his staff, to contact Haughton and get a feel for where they stood after the coaching staff turnover. USC began to add four new recruits to the puzzle last weekend in a two-day span and South Carolina looked to keep Haughton as part of the group charged with rebuilding the Gamecocks. 

According to, Haughton was told that the release was due to his academics. Haughton and his mother disagree stating that grades aren't an issue here but it was apparently enough for Martin and USC to decide to part ways. 

It's a tough break for a young man that wanted to be a Gamecock. I've spoken to Haughton through Twitter on occasion and he seemed excited about the opportunity of being at USC. He even mentioned just the other day that he wanted to do what he could to make himself and this program better. 

This now leaves South Carolina with two open scholarships for the upcoming season. It almost wouldn't be a surprise if more change comes for USC in the near future. It just seems to be the norm these days. 

At any event, let's all wish Tyrone the best in future.