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This guy is an embarrassment to the program and university. The other major coaches at SC are not this way - Tanner (AD) Holbrook (baseball) and Staley (women's BB) are complete class-acts. Spurrier has his quips, but I don't think anyone objectively thinks he's not sportsmanlike. Martin, on the other hand, is exactly what you said - Bobby Knight without the punches. Embarrassing.
7 months, 1 week ago on Carolina’s Martin Apologizes For Rant At Player (And It’s Unlikely To Be The Last Time We Write That)
Looks like the Round Mound of Touchdown knew what he was talking about ...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Pease Hire Official At UF; Ex-UK QB Tweets Warnings
@bpa_kc Interestingly enough, most Carolina fans actually wanted the Cotton Bowl more than the Capital One. The payouts don't really matter since they're all shared with the conference, so everyone just wanted something different than playing another Big 10 team in Florida. Not that we should be too picky after an atrocious history of bowling, but this is the 6th Jan 1 bowl against the Big 10 since the year 2000.
I think there was some traction with the idea of us playing Oklahoma (Spurrier vs. Stoops), but once OU went BCS I think the Mizzou/Ok State matchup was a better fit.
Not complaining but just wish for some variety. At least we have a new opponent unlike UGA ...
8 months, 3 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
A quick tidbit on the Roosters. Coastal Carolina used to be part of the USC system - USC Myrtle Beach or something like that. That's why they had a Rooster variant. They broke away about 20 years ago and this is the first matchup.
As for your comment on FCS games, I could not agree more. November games in the South are so incredible, that it's a shame to waste them on creampuffs. Last week I drove 3 hours to the USC-UF game. It was cool, crisp, with orange and red leaves and a great tailgating atmosphere, all followed with a nightcap of a great SEC match-up. Now make the opponent anyone from the FCS and the whole dynamic changes.
9 months, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/22/13
This is so impossible to predict that it's almost pointless. There are just too many scenarios.
What will be interesting is what happens if the conference ends up with several 10-win teams, none of which are SEC Champs. SC, A&M, Mizzou, and Auburn are all in that mix. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, no one is going to want to see a rematch with UCF, so that will hurt their chances of landing in the Sugar Bowl.
9 months, 1 week ago on SEC Bowl Projections – 11/20/13
Very cool analysis. I wonder if it looks different if you separate the games where the team in the 4th quarter has a)essentially already won, b)in a tight matchup, or c)essentially already lost.
Reason being is that the playbook and opponent players both could change. In a game with a comfortable lead, the playbook moves to a run-oriented game, and the opponent buckles down on run stopping. This might explain why Hill drops off so much in Q4 - it's really a testament to the fact that when the playbook is wide open in Q1, he's incredible. In a game that is already lost, the opponent likely puts in 2nd string and all of the sudden it's easier to get yards in garbage time. This might explain UK's QBs in the 4th quarter.
Regardless, Manziel's stats are really incredible.
10 months ago on Meet The Fast Starters And Strong Finishers Of The SEC
Or maybe Mr Cunningham is wise to the old saying "never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink"
Especially after he saw what Butch Davis went through ...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Was UNC Looking At The SEC When Maryland Broke Ranks? It Doesn’t Seem So
You don't consider a half-dozen flags on Tennessee during the final drive in regulation to be some good luck? Or a fumble on the goal line by an opponent in OT?
Kidding aside, UGA is deep enough to still run the table in the East and give GTech its annual beating. It's the SECCG where they'll really feel these injuries.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Georgia’s Richt Has The Luck Of Job
I'll be the first to admit that this entire saga has been handled in a childish manner by Spurrier. But for all the brouhaha about journalistic integrity with regards to free press and objective opinions (which I am all for), the 'press' side continues to ignore the aspects of journalistic integrity that include proper fact checking and source reliability. Though most of Morris' pieces are opinion columns (which typically, by definition, require neither), the piece that Spurrier chose to use as the lightning rod was loose with the facts. Call Spurrier a whiner all you want, but he was smart enough to wait until he had a legitimate item to blow up.
This website is quick to call Spurrier a baby (and fairly so), and quick to defend the field of journalism (why of course), but has been a bit silent on holding Morris' feet to the fire with regards to the truth. On many other topics (realignment anyone?) this site is quick to condemn sloppy journalism, but I've missed that same standard on this Spurrier/Morris/State paper thing (forgive me if I missed an article or statement to the contrary somewhere. I will admit that sometimes my garnet glasses filter such things out).
11 months, 2 weeks ago on South Carolina Paper Removes Columnist Muzzle: All Topics In Play
Give credit to UGA for an incredible offensive gameplan. Playcalling was tremendous.
I just hope that the chemistry isn't coming unglued in Columbia.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/9/13
Why were they holding back against Clemson?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Richt: Georgia Won’t Be Holding Back Against Carolina
I'm probably biased, but either way am not buying the Tigers yet. I'm sorry, but a BCS champ team does not give up 550 yards at home. I think the national media is looking for a new storyline, and I expect it to perpetuate in the coming weeks as Clemson has some easy games coming up next. But a 3-pt win over UGA does not equal NC status. Take that from a Cock fan that has beaten UGA 3 times in a row but has never even made a BCS bowl.
All of that said, kudos to Clemson for some very crafty scheduling. Having 3 marquee games, perfectly spread out, is about as good as it gets.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Could Clemson Trump The SEC In January?
Aggie fans are a trip
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop Before You Start, Aggie Fans
Aggie fans - I know that you want to get behind Johnny Football. Trust me, I was the same way with Stephen Garcia. Garcia wasn't nearly the star that Manziel is, but he gave us (what we thought) was the best chance at winning. That's not to say that there weren't other reasons why we liked him, like his hard nosed effort to get 1st downs with his feet regardless of the beating he would take (and JF has many reasons to like too), but ultimately it was because we were nervous about replacing him. We had this guy Connor Shaw who had looked terrible in his only action, and with the defense we had plus Lattimore, it was now or never and we needed Garcia.
Then a certain AD who you should all know kicked Garcia off the team. We all cried foul. (And to be fair, the way Hyman went about it was rediculous, and in fact I am still glad that Hyman left.) The reality was that Garcia should have been kicked off sooner for other things, so he had it coming. It a sort of way it was like OJ Simpson - he got royally screwed by the courts on his prison time for roughing up that guy in the hotel room, but at the end of the day, you don't feel that bad for him considering his prior actions. So good riddance Hyman but also good riddance Garcia.
But now fast forward to today. Shaw is 18-3 as a starter, and we all just wish that he would have taken over sooner! It's not that Shaw is a better QB, but the TEAM is better with him as the leader. Think about that ...
11 months, 3 weeks ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
I guess Southern Cal always gets the benefit of the doubt ...
1 year ago on First USA Today Coaches’ Poll Of The Season Has Bama On Top, 4 Other SEC Squads In Top 10
Love the Garcia reference. Johnny Manziel is exactly what Garcia would have been if he was consistently good.
1 year ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania
Obviously I am glad to hear this, though in hindsight this seems to be a non-story. Thanks for being one of the only news outlets to put in the headline "communication within itself is not a violation of rules." And to not write a big scare story when there wasn't one to write. (Though this would probably have driven page views)
What this did raise in my mind is how absurd some of the NCAA rules really are. Don't get me wrong, I understand the amateur model, and know that things become a slippery slope, but these rules confine athletes more than their student peers that are going into other professional fields. As a university student I went to countless recruiting dinners and traveled for recruiting functions with various potential employers. I never thought once that I would pay my own tab. But we expect these guys to not be able to have a dinner purchased for them? Seems a bit absurd. (I'm thinking of the UNC guys here, that got hammered with violations for that trip to Miami).
1 year, 1 month ago on South Carolina: No Wrongdoing Between Clowney, Jay Z
@John at MrSEC @Gamecock in ATL Got it, thanks.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Bowl LineUp Coming Into Focus; Be Ready For Griping
I agree it would be good to play the Pac-12, though honestly if it were a low tier bowl it takes away the excitement. Would I like to see Georgia play So Cal in a ranked matchup? Yes. Would I like to see a 7-5 SEC squad play Washington? Meh. Sure, it would be more interesting than seeing them against another 7-5 ACC team, but I would travel for the later if it were my team, but would not make a long distance trip for the former.
Maybe I have been way out of the loop, but does this mean that the Cotton Bowl is no longer affiliated with the SEC?
I see 7 wins on that schedule. Add a bowl game and 8 is a realistic possibility, but not 10.
1 year, 1 month ago on MSU’s Mullen: “Eight Wins Have Kind Of Become The Norm”
@I4Bama People need to stop with the argument that Miles is living off of Nick Saban's work. If that were true, then Nick Saban would still be trying to turn around Mike Shula's mess. Miles has been the coach at LSU for 6 years - and as goofy as he may seem, you can't argue with his success. Three times he has a top 10 finish.
Miles is a players' coach, and that helps him recruit. It only works because it's genuine. If Saban tried this it would be awkward.
1 year, 5 months ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake
"just four teams" haha is this guy serious?
Could you imagine if Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin would have all won titles in the past 7 years? Tell me the B1G wouldn't be the best league in the land. What a joke - looking for pageviews I guess (and he probably got them).
1 year, 6 months ago on CBS Blogger Swings, Misses On SEC Strength: Dominance Doesn’t Require Perfection
@JamesKeith Last I checked, none of us are paying a fee to read this website.
On the USC DL topic, however, I too felt that coach Ward stepped over the line with the "more than football" comment. Brad Lawing has been an assistant at USC for nearly 20 years, so I don't think he owes anyone an explanation if he wants to leave, and if he does want to explain it, he doesn't need his boss to do it. In the past few years, Lawing has done a great job of coaching what has been one of the league's premier d-lines. And it goes well beyond Clowney.
1 year, 7 months ago on Swinney Says UGA-Clemson Game Could Shift To A Monday; But That's Not Likely
I'm so confused by this game. Yes, the turnovers were key to Florida's wins and losses this year (ask me how I know), but this is a team with the most impressive resume in college football. And yet they seemed clueless. I don't know what to blame it on other than not being into the game ... but it's hard to imagine someone not getting up for the Sugar Bowl.
On a side note, those were probably the best uni's I've seen all season by any team. Old school UF looked awesome. So much better than all of that pro combat crap that everyone wears ...
1 year, 7 months ago on Observations On Florida’s Nightmarish Sugar Bowl
Spurrier should suspend him for the UF game. This has no place in the game, and hopefully the team will look beyond Saturday and think about the broader message here.
1 year, 10 months ago on USC’s Quarles Could Face SEC Discipline For Punching LSU’s Lonergan
Why has everyone (Mr SEC included) jumped to the conclusion that Spurrier is wielding some sort of power to have Morris fired? If that does happen, and if that is what Spurrier is alluding to about "changes" being forthcoming, then I will stand corrected and admit that Spurrier is crossing the line.
However, how do we know that USC is not simply cutting off Mr. Morris' press pass? I'm not an expert in this realm, but presumably the university grants press access to certain individuals for these interviews, calls, etc. If one of those granted access repeatedly prints lies, why is it not in the university's right to revoke that special access? Sure, Morris can write whatever he wants, but the university does not have to enable him and give him undue credibility by allowing access to Spurrier. If THAT is what the "changes" are that Spurrier speaks of, how is that taking away the freedom of the press in any way, shape, or form?
1 year, 11 months ago on Doyel: Spurrier Needs To Worry About Coaching, Not The Media
@John at MrSEC @83toATL John, I agree with you about how every fan thinks the media is biased against them. And personally, I think the Ron Morris thing is overblown - at the end of the day Morris is one of those writers that people read, in part because they hate him. Just look at all of the comments on his page - "Ron, you stink, and your writing is terrible" and yet that commenter reads that page time and time again.
However, I will get more specific than "83toATL" did. This isn't just about Ron Morris in general. This, in my opinion, is specifically about the piece that Morris wrote last week (this site linked to it), where Morris basically accused Spurrier of playing a hurt Shaw, causing him to get hurt further, and then covering it up. From the Morris column:
"Me thinks Spurrier has adeptly shifted the attention from one of the most ill-advised decisions of his illustrious coaching career"
"Despite the injury, according to Spurrier, Shaw could have returned to the game in the second half. And, according to Spurrier, Shaw is “fine” to play Saturday against Missouri. Maybe I missed where USC physicians invented a new cure over the weekend for deep bruises and/or fractures to the shoulder. Or, maybe Shaw is an incredibly quick healer the second time around."
"Or, maybe Shaw goes into Saturday’s game with the same questions surrounding his running and throwing abilities as he did against UAB.
My guess is the latter. My guess also is that, because of Spurrier’s poor decision to play Shaw against UAB, USC will be dealing with the quarterback’s sore shoulder for most of the remainder of the season."
And then, as we know, Shaw plays every meaningful snap in the game and goes 20-21 passing.
I think it's THIS article that peeved Spurrier enough to not want to speak to Morris, or perhaps, to have Morris' fellow journalists goad him into an apology. Like him or not, if there is one thing Spurrier wants in his legacy, it's that he played clean and had integrity. That's why he went to such great lengths to open the program up in the NCAA probe last year. That's why he went off on Morris last year when he lied about Spurrier stealing Ellington from the hoops team. And that's why he's ticked again at Morris with the concept that he put a player's health at risk. Whether he is being a baby or not is for the individual to decide (this site, even though I like it, obviously feels that way) - personally, I think Spurrier is gloating a bit ... letting this one simmer until people read the Morris article and then see Shaw's stat line from Saturday ...
Childish or not by Spurrier, you've got to admit that Morris is again out of line.
John - you're a journalist - would you write something like the above?
1 year, 11 months ago on USC’s Spurrier Stops Answering Questions From The Media
Put aside the issue of whether or not the dad should be talking ... wouldn't Joker be better served to put him in rather than save him for later? I'm not sure Joker needs to be worried about how good the 2016 UK team will or will not be ...
I guess the counterargument is that Smith and/or Newton can help him win THIS season better than a true frosh, but if it were me, I'd rather be a coach of a 3-9 team with a promising QB that is developing and some sense of "next year" for the fans than a 4-8 team that has no sense that next year could be better.
1 year, 11 months ago on More Issues For UK: QB Frustrated, Suspension Possible For Safety
Good look at the landscape. I think, due to schedule, that the most likely undefeated team outside of the SEC would be FSU. An undefeated FSU would likely play ahead of the one loss Bama that you describe (even though I would argue that a one loss Bama would be more deserving). The other top 10 teams are most likely to each lose a game (as is typical in most years in CFB).
Of course, given that there is an SEC title game, I actually think it will be unlikely to see more than one 0/1 loss teams in the SEC. The reality is that someone always slips up somewhere - it's a tough conference week in and week out. I don't know the stats (would be interested if someone does), but I don't think there are usually 2 teams that finish in the SEC with 1 or fewer losses.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bama-LSU Part Deux? Won’t Happen Says SI.com’s Mandel
@John at MrSEC @TremontReb Hilarious ...
1 year, 11 months ago on SEC Suspends USC's Swearinger For Nasty Hit; Conspiracy Theorists Need To Hush
Gotta obey the rules DJ ... that's a big loss for the Mizzou game
Maybe I am missing something here, but why didn't they just move the game back to Saturday?
1 year, 12 months ago on Texas A&M, Florida Both Put At Disadvantage By Postponement Of Aggie Opener
Great move Ags, and nice job promoting the conference in TX.
Is Red Clay trying to say that A&M has not been relevant since plastic helmets were introduced? I'm not sure Ole Miss has a lot of room to talk. I guess this guy hates Ms State so bad that he takes it out on A&M because they have the same color jerseys ... wow that's logical
2 years ago on Aggies To Put “SEC Country” Billboards Up Across The Lone Star State
This is a big concern - especially since Auguste's backup (Legree) is inexperienced and played poorly last year. I would guess that some freshmen will get playing time.
2 years ago on Carolina's Secondary Gets A Little Younger, Thinner Due To Injury
2 years ago on Reilly’s Rant About Notre Dame A Sign Of Things To Come For The SEC
Agree it's a myth that the players are not being penalized. They are, which is unfortunate since they are 'innocent' in this case. Also punished are the fans ... this is a tough pill to swallow for another group of 'innocents' here.
However, the NCAA punished the Institution known as Penn State, and there's bound to be lots of collateral damage.
That said ... it's a good reminder of perspective - all of this 'collateral damage' is meaningless in the big picture of life, but what Sandusky did has created heartache and turmoil that will last a lifetime. May God be with the real victims here.
2 years, 1 month ago on Can We Stop Saying The NCAA Isn't Penalizing Penn State's Players?
@John at MrSEC No, I totally agree that the AD job is one of those 'heads you win, tails I lose' type of jobs. And as I said, I think Hyman overall was a good AD for Carolina.
My main point is just that him leaving now is actually not a bad thing for Carolina. The next big thing will be replacing Spurrier, and I just don't know if I trust Hyman to do that. Mike McGee hired Tanner, Holtz, Odom, and Spurrier. That's pretty darn good for an AD at a school that has been mired in mediocrity for most of its history. If we get another AD that has that sort of mindset, and we also get the tailwind of Hyman's facility projects and the NCAA bullet that he dodged, we will be in good shape.
Thanks for the response. Personally I liked the nuked paragraph.
2 years, 1 month ago on A&M Outduels Carolina For A.D. Hyman
Thanks for being humble on the Spurrier hire. The other thing not accounted for here is the failed hire of Darrin Horn.
So on the surface this looks like a big coup for A&M, but talk to Gamecock fans and they will probably tell you the following:
1) Hyman's hires have been mixed to down (Horn bad, Staley good, Martin seems good, but obviously time will tell. Also Horn would be weighted much more than Staley given that Men's BB is much more popular (nothing meant against Staley, it's just the way it is)). The best coaches, hands down, at USC are Spurrier and Tanner. These were not Hyman hires.
2) Hyman has done a good job as a project manager. This includes overseeing revenue growth (much of this was SEC TV money, but the alterations to the season ticket program have helped), facility improvements (I would argue that the baseball diamond is the nicest in the country, and they are finally getting some football things fixed, e.g. the videoboard), and last but not least, the NCAA investigation (the NCAA actually got all gushy with love for SC, and penalties were avoided ... never thought I would see that).
3) Other/intangibles are also probably negative. Hyman's wife personally got involved with the Stephen Garcia saga (on personal grounds), which came across as out of line and unprofessional. Hyman also refused to back Spurrier with the Ron Morris saga (which I will admit was goofy, but Hyman could have provided some cover fire and still played down the episode. Instead he went Pontius Pilate style and washed his hands. Regardless of how stupid it was, Spurrier should have had some good political capital built up with Hyman that should have been cashed in.
So while I would say it's a good move for A&M, that's more because they got an experienced SEC AD. But for Carolina, the "projects" seem about done, and the next big AD move will be replacing a retiring Spurrier in 3 years. Do I want Hyman making that hire? I don't think so. So this is actually good for A&M and SC.
John - curious of your take on this when looked at through this lens. Thanks for all of the good coverage each week.
@Dash1Bravo Here's also hoping that Spurrier has a few more years left in him.
2 years, 2 months ago on A New Era Begins At Texas A&M
@JB TexasEx As Ronald Reagan used to say ... "there you go again."
Did I ever say that South Carolina was a flagship school in the SEC? No, I didn't. SC adds depth, intriguing games on a national level (e.g. SC vs. UGA), and a strong fan base and atmosphere (80k stadium). Not an Alabama, but certainly an asset to the conference.
You are changing the subject a little bit to current performance with your reference to Bama and LSU. By that measure alone, Texas is not a powerhouse in the Big 12 anymore than Tennessee is in the SEC. But we both know that is the wrong metric. Beyond Bama and LSU, UF, UGA, and Tenn are all big brands that any conference would kill for. Add SC and Auburn and you start to get the idea on depth in the conference. Oh, now add A&M too, which even though you despise, you know is a very strong addition to the league.
As for the future, I know you read a lot of Orangebloods.com, but let's get real - no one knows how the realignment will shake out. Count FSU and Clemson IF you get them. Those would be nice schools for you to add, but don't count them yet. Also we'll see how the TV deals turn out.
@JB TexasEx Sounds like Texas for the 20 years prior to Mack Brown's arrival.
@JB TexasEx @TheN8tureBoy Counting FSU and Clemson already? We'll see if that ever comes to fruition.
@AllTideUp @JB TexasEx @TheN8tureBoy AllTideUp - Exactly.
JB TexasEx, singlehanded through his comments, is proving everything that the "A&M propaganda machine" supposedly lied about TU:
1) Texas is arrogant and full of themselves
2) Texas is hard to get along with
3) Texas whines about everything that doesn't go their way
4) Texas is actually jealous of others when they do something to better themselves, especially if it was against the wishes of mighty Texas
No wonder Notre Dame won't join your league! And don't try to act like TCU and WVU were sound replacements for A&M and Mizzou. In the short run, everyone in the Big 12 will get more money because it's a smaller pie. But in the long run things will continue to be problematic and the league brand will suffer. The only flagships left are TU and OU. TCU is a one hit wonder that will fade like Utah. WVU is the next Louisville of the early 2000's. Texas Tech is already over. Kansas is like Kentucky - one good season every 20 years and the other 19 years only cares about basketball. Okie State helps with depth and SOS, but doesn't draw any national interest, even when playing big opponents. Kansas State is like Pittsburgh without the history - comes on the radar once every 4 years for a big game, then goes AWOL until next leap year. I don't need to mention Baylor or Iowa State. Nebraska and A&M had real brand equity and staying power, like TU and OU. Half of the top shelf teams are gone.
Next go round of TV deals are not going to be pretty because by then the Big 12 will be like the ACC of yesteryear - 1 or 2 good teams and a dozen mediocre ones. Next thing you know the 1 or 2 teams aren't so good anymore.
@JB TexasEx Wow, those are a lot of stats you keep on your rival that you say you don't care about. Why are you trolling an SEC dedicated site again?
Loyalty IS why they joined the SEC. You can't say they are disloyal because they left a dysfunctional Big 12 that was being dictated by TU.
Nice video. They should get a 2 min version to show on the big screen pre-game like UGA does. Gets everyone fired up.
I think the point that both you and Spurrier are missing is that division games DO count more than non-division games already. First of all, by defeating a division opponent, you have not only added a win but you have handed them a loss. So you control the destiny of one game for each division opponent. Secondly, In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker is head to head (division!) and the second tie-breaker is division record. So really this is just about HOW MUCH more division games count.
That said, I know you like to pick on Spurrier for being a baby/whiner, and that might be fair sometimes, but I am not sure why this is a case of whining. Look back at last year when the Cocks didn't make it to Atlanta, and point me to a quote from then that shows Spurrier complaining about the rules. Then it could be whining. But to wait until the offseason and then bring it up? That's not whining, that's the professional way to do it.
I think it's a bad idea, but I don't think Spurrier is a whiner for bringing it up in the manner in which he has.
2 years, 4 months ago on Spurrier Still Pushing New Division Champ Plan; Richt Scoffs
Newt Gingrich would have tried to send a LinkedIn request to Ronald Reagan. My guess is that the Gipper would have declined.
2 years, 7 months ago on Totally Off-Topic Subject: LinkedIn Is For People You Know
This is a lame idea. The division games are ALREADY worth more by virtue of the first 2 tiebreakers - head to head, and then divisional. So in aggregate, divisional games are worth a half game advantage.
This just comes across as being a poor sport.
2 years, 7 months ago on More Schedule Whining: This Time From Carolina