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Yeah - I think you nailed it mon General. Phil Knight's excesses at Oregon and with Nike Pro Combat have made this de rigeur now. If you don't do this sort of thing - and you're not Alabama - then you've given recruiting opponents another selling point against you (minor and dumb as it may be, on the level of "hey, we have an on-campus Chik-fil-A").
Frankly, I abhor our new regular UA uniforms (the ones introduced last year) but we've won so much in them that any bellyaching about them will likely fall on deaf ears. I would go back to the first edition UA unis - a little more of a classic look.
I would prefer that if we did this sort of uniform gimmick, that we at least send money to Wounded Warrior - like we did in '11 and '10. I looked to see if that was the case this year, but unless I missed something (doh!) I didn't see it. I think that is a shame, though I loved the way we honored that Gamecock military family before USC-UGA.
2 years, 6 months ago on The Importance of Gray Uniforms | Football
I definitely agree, Flounder. I also think we may have an advantage since the Pack just got the news that their big 4 star 2G recruit from last recruiting cycle has been cleared by the NCAA, and they're deeply involved with another top 2G recruit right now who might be able to join NCSU in the spring.
2 years, 6 months ago on Sindarius Thornwell Has South Carolina in His Final 2 Schools | Recruiting
John - Do you think the referees who didn't flag the Elston hit deserve to be suspended too?
2 years, 7 months ago on SEC Responds To Questions About Suspension Of UM's Elston
If Rutgers tampered, then we need to forbid the release. He can go to Rutgers on his own dime for his wait-out year, or go someplace else.
2 years, 8 months ago on Gamecocks Football: Is Sheldon Royster Rutgers Bound? | Football
I don't blame you for putting Probation at the bottom, but it was a $500k doh! that probably scared some recruits away and will put a crimp in our style just as we're turning the corner in football. Plus, Eric Hyman gets credit for steering us out of the mess, but also takes a share of blame for his office having gotten us in the mess in the first place.
2 years, 9 months ago on 2011-12 Gamecocks Lowlights, 10-6 | Other Stuff
Georgia's historical success will always trump your current facts, Malaise. I read that in the AJC or someplace. Who you going to believe? UGA's legendary self-regard, or your statistics?
2 years, 9 months ago on Georgia Always Plays an Easier Schedule | Football
Great series. Looking for big things out of A.J. Everyone puts emphasis on tackle play, but great guard play is going to make Shawn Elliot, Everrette Sands and the Gamecock RBs very happy men.
2 years, 9 months ago on Gamecocks Top 20 for '12: No. 19 | Football
Thanks for the link-love, Flounder!
2 years, 9 months ago on Gamecocks Stock Report: Week of July 14th | Other Stuff
Do you think Georgia would have beaten Arkansas last year - particularly the way Georgia was playing later in the season before the Tech game? Saying both Georgia and South Carolina played Auburn - and that the Auburn game cost SC - is true. It still doesn't vitiate the fact Georgia managed to avoid playing Bama, LSU or Arkansas for a second year in a row, despite the fact it was originally slated to do so (Alabama - which would have been a great game). Lest you say that Georgia needed to "complete" its home-and-home with Ole Miss, keep in mind that South Carolina's home-and-home with Mississippi State was taken away in order to give the Cocks LSU. While no two schedules are created alike, it's fair to say that there was some intervention in the SEC front office to allow Georgia to get what, by all accounts, is the least-difficult schedule in the East, which all the major reporting services and commenters concede. Insofar as Georga was the frontrunner for the Eastern Division in 2012 the minute after the SECCG ended, and before the schedule changes emanated from Birmingham, Spurrier's comment is no less accurate. Thanks for your great blog.
2 years, 9 months ago on Spurrier Says UGA Picked Over USC Because Of Schedule
I'm curious where you think South Carolina's Mike Davis falls - then I see you pretty much followed Rivals' rankings, except advanced Gurley higher than Williams and Kimbrow.
2 years, 9 months ago on Top 5 SEC Freshman Running Backs
Awesome, awesome post.
2 years, 10 months ago on Have A Parade Anyway | Other Stuff
I've argued that Bowens should be the Mike starter, and Wilson should play Will, unless Damario Jeffery crushes it at Will.
2 years, 11 months ago on Gamecocks Football: 95 Days Until Kickoff | Football
Great series, General.
2 years, 11 months ago on Gamecocks Football: 97 Days Until Kickoff | Football
There are a lot of people who make "jokes" that are insulting, and also fall back on the old "I don't know why folks are so upset" too. Don't we all do it to a certain extent? It's also amusing to hear that the "division-wins-only" plan will be "hotly debated" during Media Days when so many - in humor! not insult! - dismissed the proponent of the plan as a "crybaby" and predicted that no one else would ever back the plan. Sic transit mundi.
2 years, 11 months ago on Carolina's Spurrier Is Ready To Do Some More Talking
@John at MrSEC Assuming you're not being facetious about not enjoying your own site, that's kind of a bummer. I read it every day, but rarely get to scan the comments (or leave one - sorry about that). You're in a tough spot because you have to sometimes pop 12 balloons (now 14). If people didn't feel so passionately about their teams, however, then there wouldn't be a need for blogs like this though. In any event, if you were Caspar Milquetoast no one would read you - the "you attacked my coach" comments means you must be doing something right. Still won't stop me for sticking up for my guys when I think you've been too hard on 'em - and while, yes, the photoshop of Spurrier was clearly based in humor (yes, I got that), I felt it was of an acidic flavor - more biting and character-questioning than jovial. Thus 'ad hominem'.
Note I haven't attacked you personally (even though I feel you sometimes channel the sensibilities and talking points of a CMR-can-do-no-wrong UGA fan). I don't particularly favor the Spurrier plan, but an endorsement by the 'Mad Hatter' - even if he is (or hams it up to be) crazy as a march hare - takes it out of the realm of whining. Sorry if you disagree. There are cogent arguments against it, granted. It will never be adopted - certainly.
In any event, thanks for all you do.
2 years, 11 months ago on Miles Backs Spurrier: Only Division Games Should Count
@John at MrSEC John - love your blog but don't project your biases onto me. Actually, I don't support the plan - I just don't utterly dismiss it out of hand as whining the way you have. I also wasn't the one who superimposed a picture of Spurrier on a whining baby.; that's ad hominem by anyone's standards - even if you have an autographed photo of Spurrier on your wall, or would love to move to Charleston (and we'd love to have you).
Why would the cross-division games be meaningless exhibitions when they would certainly be tie-breakers for conference standing, and count for post-season RPI / BCS rankings, not to mention bragging rights? You're letting your disdain for the idea lead you into overheated invective and hyperbole.
In any event, that's two of the SEC's top 3 coaches endorsing the idea; based on LSU's 2011 regular-season success, Miles cannot be accused of whining (the way you dismissed the concept out--of-hand with an ad hominem attack on Spurrier).
1, The idea has merit regardless of who proposes it.
2. Of course Mark Richt doesn't like the idea - UGA has avoided Alabama, Arkansas and LSU for two seasons (2011, 2012) and perhaps will for 2013.
3. Regardless of whether other leagues adopt the idea, Spurrier's proposal is fair because it would apply to all teams equally.
4. In any event, it's unavailing to look to pro leagues (most particularly the NFL) because they don't intend to be fair - they manipulate the schedules to create parity. The best teams most often play the hardest schedules. College leagues, on the other hand, should promote fairness. Imbalanced out-of-division scheduling is inherently unfair. You can say (and have said) that "life isn't fair" and "them's the breaks" but that sort of attitude is, to my way of thinking, a cop out or an excuse to keep things the way they are. If there is a suggestion that promotes fairness - and is easy to implement - why dismiss it out of hand? By the same token, who cares if other college leagues haven't adopted it - the SEC doesn't need to follow other conferences.
5. Non division games are not exhibition games - they count for total wins, bowl appearances, BCS standings, tradition.
6. If all SEC games are "equal" as the Commissioner said - to which you agree - then why bother with divisions at all? Why not abolish divisions and just schedule like the NFL does every year? Or seed the league 1-14 and play odds versus evens? Or even onto permanent cross-division rivals?
7. I agree it will never happen, but that's different than scoffing at it as "whining."
3 years ago on Spurrier Still Pushing New Division Champ Plan; Richt Scoffs
Who you gonna believe, John? This smart-alec? Or your own lyin' eyes?
3 years ago on The SEC Captures The Flag - Again (And Rival Fans Hate You For It)
1. A third "Ace" on the starting rotation.
2. Price to have a great start - or if he doesn't, to quickly switch him back to the bull pen and Koumas back in the rotation.
3. Roth to continue to lead the NCAA in ERA.
4. To win the Florida series.
5. To sweep the Vandy series and the UGA series.
6. Like you, I desperately want us to win a pennant in Hoover - I don't know why we're snake-bit there.
3 years, 2 months ago on South Carolina Baseball: 2012 Expectations | Other Stuff
You're right - what else can we do but trust Spurrier and hope that Jeep lands on his feet. The more I think about it, the likeliest explanation is that Hunter simply wasn't getting it done on the recruiting trail; it's not enough simply to be a decent position coach - you have to be a great recruiter too or else we are placed at a disadvantage with our rivals. If the replacement comes with the reputation of being a strong recruiter, and not much experience with safeties either, then that would tend to support this thesis. If the replacement, however, is a pure position guy without a big-time recruiting rep, then perhaps the explanation was that Jeep simply wasn't getting it done as a defensive coach, and would be a better fit at a place that will let him coach offense.
3 years, 2 months ago on Gamecocks Football: Thoughts on Losing Jeep Hunter | Football
The Wildcat fans used to take over the Frank McGuire Arena too - they would chant "Blue!" "White!" back-and-forth to each. They had a grand old time. I'd argue that the CLA was a bit of a boondoggle, since the basketball team was only consistently selling out during Fogler's NCAA tournament runs - but the City of Columbia was pushing us to build a bigger arena, too. I think the 18,000 seat CLA was more wishful thinking than anything. As far as current attendance woes, I blame that more on the product than the packaging ... the CLA is a vast improvement over the Carolina Coliseum in every sense of the word otherwise.
3 years, 3 months ago on Is the Colonial Life Arena Hurting the Basketball Program? | Basketball
His recruitment has been odd to say the least ... interesting that it was Shawn Elliot who went to see him, not Steve Spurrier, Jr. or Mangus.
3 years, 3 months ago on Gamecocks Recruiting Soap Opera Starring Quinshad Davis | Recruiting
If you read Phil Kornblut's blurbs on Chris Brown for the last few months, it seems that Chris was happy to play for the Cocks, but his father was very much pushing him to go out of state. Whatever reason, I wish him the best - rather see him at Notre Dame than at a rival SEC school or Clemson. Part of me wonders if he may not still one day wear the garnet and black - as a transfer. Likely wishful thinking.
3 years, 7 months ago on Chris Brown Shuns South Carolina | Recruiting
Interesting. I would leapfrog LSU to number 1 just to reward them for agreeing to schedule a top 5 match-up in week 1. If we don't credit teams for winning big inter-sectionals early in the season, then why should they ever bother playing them. In any event, LSU had a tougher row to hoe than Boise State, and beat last year's runner-up as convincingly as the Broncos beat a middlin' Georgia team.
I wouldn't have leap-frogged Stanford over South Carolina and Va Tech. Not yet at least. I wouldn't have bumped WVU for winning a lightning-shortened home game over Marshall, and I wouldn't have punished TCU so severely for losing to Baylor.
Just my .02. Or $2.02 with all the extra words. Hah.
3 years, 7 months ago on 2011 BlogPoll Top 25: Week Two Ballot | Football
Also .... Rokevious Watkins was just named SEC Offensive Linemen of the Week after his first start at RT. I think we all miissed just how well Rok played. Very excited about the way the line pass-blocked for Stephen and opened up big running lanes for Marcus in the second half. Shawn Elliot is worth his weight in gold.
3 years, 7 months ago on USC vs. ECU: Quick Postgame Impressions | Football
I had to miss the kick-off and first 10 minutes (don't ask!) so I tuned in just in time to hear that Connor had fumbled in the red zone, and then to see Marcus's so-called 'fumble' (which I believe was a poor call, but what can you when video is inconclusive).
Today I got to watch the first USC drive on ESPN3 replay. Yes - Shaw fumbled and, yes, threw a poor ball that coulda been picked. But in that first series he also rushed for a 1st down on 4th and one ... Marcus had two excellent runs ... he hit Alshon on a nifty pass ... missed Alshon for a TD by a hair's breath and an excellent defensive play ... and was earlier robbed of a TD to Jason Barnes by a no-call when the ECU defender was clearly holding onto Jason.
Connor's deep balls were better than Garcia (three times he overthrew open receivers badly). I feel like if Connor had not fumbled and/or managed to hit Barnes or Alshon for a TD, we'd still have seen Garcia come in (and likely win the starter job) but at least Connor would have a lot of confidence. I feel like he got robbed a bit ... especially as the rest of the quarter unfolded.
I would have the Noles a little higher, and the Broncos a little lower, but its hard to quibble with that top 10, except maybe the Hogs in light of Knile Davis's season-ending injury and a new QB (even as talented a one as
3 years, 8 months ago on BlogPoll 2011: Trying Not to Be a SEC Homer in the Preseason | Football
A three-peat would be too much to hope for. As Fitt correctly points out, we lose so many veteran position starters (seniors Morales, Wingo, Thomas, Beary; first rounder Bradley) that I'm worried even if we convnce juniors Mooney and Mattthews to stay and play with star-of-the-future DeSean Anderson, we still have practically a whole new batting order.
But you got to love our battle-tested weekend rotation of Roth, Homes and Koumas, and Price as a closer. If you believe great pitching wins the day (I do) then you have to think we've got a puncher's chance to return to Omaha in 2012.
3 years, 9 months ago on Gamecocks Baseball: Another Run in 2012 | Other Stuff
Flounder - I totally agree. I think this guy is a total diamond-in-the-rough. Per PK, he is only 16 - and he is already 6'9" and 275.
The main reason for my optimism is that I trust Shawn Elliot - and have a ton of respect for Robbie Caldwell. If they both wanted Zandi, then he's got to have a ton of upside. Even if he doesn't grow another inch in height, after a year of weights and nutrition, he will be able to carry 325. With those long arms, he will be a monster at either tackle spot.
I'm feeling bullish on our OL recruiting with Alex Kozan and Joe Harris making unoffcials this weekend.
I wish ever-so-slightly that Kelvin Rainey had waited until this weekend to give his commitment, since it got lost in the CWS swirl. Rainey is a 4 star and a real prize 'get'.
3 years, 9 months ago on Gamecocks Football Recruiting: Mason Zandi Commits | Recruiting