North Charleston already has three shootings on the books in 2014, two of them fatal after a number of incidents on New Year’s Day. [P&C, ABC 4]

The Palmetto State has the cheapest gas in the U.S. for the second straight year. [The State]

Happy New Year and Happy Post-End-of-Year-Fundraising for all you politicos out there. [The State]

The State Ethics Commission says though it collected $230,000 last fiscal year, but that it’s still owed $2.5 million in fines. [AP]

The Bishop Gadsden retirement community on James Island says it’s planning a $32 million expansion. [P&C]

The USC Gamecocks took out the Wisconsin Badgers Wednesday in the school’s second Capital One Bowl victory in as many years. In the post-game press conference, head coach Steve Spurrier, shirt untucked and fresh off a Gatorade bath, grabbed the mic instead of the trophy, charging into the ESPN broadcast, calling Connor Shaw the best QB to ever play at USC, and even getting in a little Dabo trolling. Clemson’s season isn’t over yet, as they await their Orange Bowl match-up tomorrow against the Ohio State Buckeyes. [NYT, The State]

In his post-game interview, Gamecocks DE Jadeveon Clowney made his intention to enter the NFL draft official. [ESPN]

The win also means that Gov. Nikki Haley bested her Wisconsin counterpart Scott Walker in the customary state food bowl bet, meaning some beer, brats, and cheese should be arriving in Columbia some time this week. [AP]

In Pasadena, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, a former South Carolina defensive back, dodged his Gatorade bath, took home the Rose Bowl title and a photo op with Def Jam rapper Rich Homie Quan. [SB Nation]