Saturday, June 02, 2007
South Carolina improved to 43-18 overall and advances to take on Charlotte in the winner's bracket game at 7:00 on Saturday. The Terriers, who fell to 30-32, play N.C. State in an elimination contest at 2:00. The 49ers knocked off the Wolfpack, 6-3, in the regional opener.
Sidenote---Clemson plays Coastal Carolina after both teams won their opener.
The SEC will have four teams among the final 15 squads competing on Saturday with Alabama, Georgia and Florida vying for the title along with South Carolina.
Going to final round play here is the Top 5:
1. Stanford 828 (-12)
2. Coastal Carolina 830 (-10)
3. Charlotte 838 (-2)
Alabama 838 (-2)
5. Georgia 840 (E)
Friday, June 01, 2007
This annual event invites Krispy Kreme fans to enjoy a free doughnut as a thank you for their continued support.
National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts for thousands of soldiers. National Doughnut Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June.
Happy Doughnut Day from the LOHD!
Bill Hambrecht, a Wall Street investor specializing in non traditional IPOs, has decided to launch a football league to rival the NFL. He and Google executive Tim Armstrong have put up $2,000,000 each to begin the league. They have hired a COO and a CEO, both of whom have experience in professional sports, namely the NBA. Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire, Mark Cuban has signed on to be one of the first eight owners. The league plans to begin with 8 teams. Teams are currently planned for Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Mexico City with 5 other cities to come.
The really cool thing about the league is the way the ownership will work. The New York Times Explains:
Each owner will put up $30 million, giving him an initial half-interest in the
team; the league will own the other half. But eventually the fans themselves
will become shareholders — because each team is going to sell shares to the
public. Then the owner, the league and the fans will each own a third of every
Remember the guy who is running this show specializes in non traditional IPOs. It could work. I'd like to see some good college football players who aren't quite good enough for the NFL still get to play.
Anyway here's the link to the NY Times Article
Also Signal to Noise's Take:
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized, said Donovan agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract.
Donovan, who turned down an offer in April to coach Kentucky, replaces Brian Hill, who was fired after two consecutive losing seasons.
Speculation that Donovan would leave Gainesville seemed to end after he turned down Kentucky and said, "I love the University of Florida." He was also linked to the Memphis Grizzlies' job, but never had formal talks with them and repeatedly refused to comment about any open coaching positions. He said he intended to sign an extension at Florida, where he was making $1.7 million annually.
I think this is a bad move for him but it is a pay raise and the right time for him. With the team roster changing since all those guys went pro it was the right time for a move but to Orlando??? This will end up like Spurrier when he left UF for NFL....coaching in pro leagues is much different and success is hard. I see Billy back in college coaching in 5 years.
• 162 beef sticks
• 40 honey bun sweet rolls
• 35 summer sausage blocks
• 35 bags of barbecue chips
While he and other inmates were given things like a scoop of grits for breakfast, a bologna sandwich for lunch and a chicken leg for dinner, that's hardly enough for a massive professional athlete.
The SEC announced today that the Gamecocks' game Sept. 8 at Georgia would be broadcast on ESPN2 beginning at 5:45 p.m.
ESPN will broadcast USC's home game against Kentucky on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
LOHD has provided you this year with 5 recurits who are in state that you need to go after. Please make every effort to sign these players in the near future b/c they could seriously help our basketball team (we all know we need a big man - why not a 7 footer and a 6-10 guy?).
---7-0 junior Marcus Goode, who attends The Patterson School in Hickory, NC is drawing strong interest from USC, Clemson, Georgetown, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Nebraska.
---6-7 junior Murphy Hollowayof Dutch Fork has USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Kansas and Pittsburgh among the interested schools.
---6-2 Lashay Page of Dillon is being sought by USC, Wake Forest and New Mexico State with USC the favorite.
---6-10 junior Darnarius Robinson, who attends New Horizon Christian School in Danville, VA, is drawing looks from Old Dominion, UAB and Cincinnati.
---6-4 sophomore Alshon Jeffrey of Calhoun County is already drawing the interest of USC, Clemson, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas and North Carolina. He averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season.
Side note ---- The battle for 7-foot-1 Romanian center Catalin Baciu of Fletcher, N.C., between Clemson and USC ended last week. He committed to Clemson. Way to go Odom.
Monday, May 28, 2007
The increase will be phased in starting in 2008.
Other increases from 2008 to 2012:
• Century, $150 to $250
• Roundhouse, $350 to $575
• Half-scholarship, $650 to $1,050
• Full scholarship, $1,350 to $2,200
• Silver Spur, $3,000 to $4,850
• Garnet Spur, $7,000 to $8,500
• Golden Spur, $10,000 to $12,000
• Platinum Spur, $15,000 to $18,000
USC has about 14,000 Gamecock Club members, who are projected to raise $13,965,400 in 2007. With the increases, that figure is expected to go to $21,846,605, according to figures provided to the board. (What about out of those 14K the people that drop???? B/c it is getting too high a cost to be a member)
It is only the second dues increase since 1966. The increase will help fund Hyman's planned $194.9 million facilities plan, which includes a new academic learning center as its top priority.
Alright, so now it is going to cost an "arm and a leg" to be a member. Not to mention the parking and ticket prices keep going up... not to mention every open piece of land is now being bought up to make way for expensive tailgate spots (i.e 20k for a 8 by 8 space)
What do you guys think? Seems the football program is forgetting the important ingredient in a successful program and that is fan base. And I mean true "fans" not those that have money to burn and it is cool now to be a Carolina fan since Spurrier arrived. Don't get me wrong I know you have to put your money where your mouth is and have to "keep up with the jones's" in the SEC but let's not leave behind the true fans.
What about the true fans that have been there from the start? I think we need to slow this race horse down a little or think about a poor man's gamecock club. Maybe us poor fans can park in O-burg and walk to the nose bleed section together?
The Chanticleers (48-11), who won the Big South Conference Tournament and are one of 16 regional hosts for the NCAA Tournament, climbed from No. 14 to No. 12 in the rankings by the magazine's staff.
USC (42-18), also a regional host in the NCAA Tournament, dropped from No. 9 to No. 12 in the ranking.
Clemson (38-21), which received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, climbed to No. 18 from No. 19.
Vanderbit, Rice, North Carolina, San Diego and Texas are the top five teams in the Baseball America rankings.
The Tigers learned today that they have been assigned to the regional hosted by Coastal Carolina University and played at Pelican Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
The Tigers will open against St. John's.
Coastal and Virginia Commonwealth meet in the other opening-round game.
In the other first-round game in the double-elimination regional, North Carolina State takes on UNC-Charlotte.
The winner of the regional advances to play the winner of the regional in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Duke Welker allowed one run in seven innings and Travis Hill escaped a bases-loaded jam in Arkansas' 3-2 victory over South Carolina Saturday, sending the Razorbacks into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
Update --- Vandy beat Arkansas to win SEC Tourney Crown.