Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
When most of the country looks at this weekend's home match-up against South Carolina State, they will shrug at the I-AA (I don't care what fancy acronym they have given it, it's I-AA) opponent. Indeed most South Carolina fans consider this game just another game, but for some reason South Carolina State has decided this is the greatest thing to ever befall them. Sure most I-AA teams view their games against I-A teams as opportunities for an upset, exposure, or at the very least an exciting break from their normal schedule. But there is something else here, or at least people have been writing about something else.
South Carolina State is a historically black college. They have never played South Carolina before. This game came about because SC State, along with Wofford, Furman, and The Citadel, asked that they be considered by Clemson and South Carolina when choosing their 12th game. The smaller schools figured if CU and USC were going to pay someone to come play them from I-AA, why shouldn't the money stay in state. Parts of the legislature agreed and neither South Carolina nor Clemson had any particular objection, so the scheduling was done. South Carolina played Wofford last year; Clemson plays Furman this year. That's it; that's the whole story. No race relations issues, no underlying Klan conspiracy, just one state school playing another.
If you have read the paper this week, you would think this was the triumph of Thurgood Marshall in Brown. Ron Morris, columnist for The State (Columbia), has written articles highlighting the race angle here and here. Today's Post and Courier (Charleston) contains an article by Ken Burger entitled S.C. State - USC Matchup About More than Football. Sorry, Ken; it's not. Why make an issue of something that is not one. Two state schools are playing football and instead of saying, 'I hope we have a good game, isn't it nice these two are playing,' so much media coverage has been trying to create some sort of racial tension between SC State's all black football team and USC's mostly black football team.
Just enjoy the game for what it is: South Carolina playing I-AA South Carolina State.
Even SCSU Coach Buddy Pough is downplaying the historical importance of the game. -Charleston Post and Courier
Here are some articles not predominately about race.
Apparently SC State (who is a historically black college in case you were unaware) will rely on a solid ground game - Greenville News
Also the USC secondary configuration that gave up 0 TD passes to uber-over-hyped Matt Stafford is no longer good enough. USC is shuffling its secondary - Greenville News
South Carolina State has suspended 4 players for Saturdays game. - The State
The Spartanburg Herald Journal proves why subscriber numbers are down. It is reporting that Emanuel Cook will rejoin the USC lineup. Nevermind that Cook, who had an appendectomy in August, PLAYED LAST WEEK!!! That must have been easy for the Spartanburg paper to miss, the game was on ESPN2, some small little start-up network from Connecticut I hear. I took a little time to thumb through the rest of the Spartanburg paper and discovered they are also reporting breaking news: South Carolina secedes, War Possible. Thanks for the heads up Spartanburg. Helpful as always.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Earned second-team All-SEC honors as selected by the league's coaches... a semi-finalist for the Groza Award... connected on 16-of-20 of his field goal tries... his 80.0 percent accuracy was fourth in the SEC... actually only missed two - a 51-yarder that hit the left upright against Georgia and a 33-yarder against Houston in the Liberty Bowl... other two misses were blocked... was 10-for-11 from inside 47 yards... booted a 50-yarder against Tennessee and a career-high 55-yarder - the second longest in school history - against Vanderbilt... also had a 55-yarder taken off the board against Florida due to a penalty... averaged 42.8 yards per field goal attempt and 40.1 yards per field goal made... connected on 37-of-39 extra points for 85 points overall... his 85 points led the team and was the third-highest single-season total in school history... averaged 6.5 points per game, fourth in the SEC and the third-highest mark among kickers... 29 of 73 kickoff attempts (40 percent) were touchbacks... averaged 43.7 yards per punt, which would have ranked third in the SEC with enough punts to qualify... was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Mississippi State when he connected on all three of his field goal attempts (39, 35 and 47 yards) and punted six times for a 48.7 yard average... also averted a certain blocked punt and scrambled 16 yards for a first down, leading to a Carolina score.
2005: Handled the kickoff chores as a true freshman and was the backup placekicker... kicked off 59 times for a 62.3 yard average with 29 touchbacks (49 pct.)... attempted two field goals, missing from 50 yards against UCF and from 46 versus Georgia.
Guerry, who wasn't in uniform against Georgia, was spotted holding a beer bottle by an officer at 2 a.m., according to the incident report.
What does it take for these guys to learn to stay out of trouble? Safe to say he may not get the same treatment as Q Richardson or E Cook with being arrested because he is a walk on not a scholarship player....sad but true.
Sidenote - Check out this story about a Texas Football Fan Nearly Castrated in Bar Fight in Oklahoma Bar. (h/t: shotpolitics.com)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thomas, who started USC's first two games, won't play in the first half after being called for a personal foul then unsportsmanlike conduct in a span of five plays during the University of Georgia's opening possession Saturday. The Greenville News writes:
"Carlos is going to sit out the first half this week," Spurrier said. "Maybe we'll get his attention. You can't open your mouth and do the things he did." Spurrier said Thomas "shoved the kid on the first one and the second one he said something to the referee."
Check it out.
Monday, September 10, 2007
-LSU is really good; they took the ACC’s best team and destroyed them. 48-7
-Michigan sucks; there isn’t much to say other then Michigan sucks
-Oklahoma might be the 2nd best team in the country, or Miami just sucks
-super stats so far this season, if Colt Brennon keeps it up he will pass for over 5700 yards this season, averaging 482 yards a game as of right now.
-If Ray Rice keeps it up for the season he will rush for more then 2100 yards, averaging 180 yards again as of right now.
-Notre Dame is a joke, and will not get there normal cup cake walk to a BCS game. Join a conference damn it.
-Two teams to watch out for this year, Washington and South Florida
-Penny’s call of the year, Oregon will upset USC on October 27th, write it down
- Why can’t I pick 5 games right on a parley card?
-How about Darren McFadden has 24 rushes for 151 yards and Mike Davis has 24 rushes for 150 yards. No Heisman this year. Granted Arkansas has only played one game.