Saturday, January 26, 2008

USC set to take on UK today...

Coach Dave Odom's retirement tour makes a stop at the University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena as the Gamecocks (9-9, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference) take on the Wildcats (8-9, 2-2), who are coming off a 72-66 victory against No. 3-ranked Tennessee.

The numbers aren't encouraging. USC is 1-20 at Rupp, with the lone win coming in its SEC title season in 1997 on senior day. Odom is 0-6 at Rupp.

The Gamecocks are coming off a 73-71 loss to Florida in their first game since Odom announced Jan. 18 he was retiring at season's end.

But I got hope in the gamecocks that they can win against UK....I know it is a long shot with Chad Gray not producing and Raley-Ross slow to get back into form but as a Carolina fan we always hope for the best. Go Cocks!

Sidenote --- Seems VCU is trying to keep the coach that USC is "rumored" to be after.

Let it be known...

We here at LOHD now officially hate Brian VanGorder and the Atlanta Falcons.

VanGorder Quotes:

“I want to come to South Carolina and do a great job for coach Spurrier. That’s really my focus. I’m anticipating developing college players again and trying to create a defense that’s among the best in the SEC.”
From a profile on VanGorder that appeared in The State on Jan. 13

“Certainly, the three-year contract is nice, and I think that’s a statement for everybody. But my intentions are to be at South Carolina and be there a long time.”
After being hired on Dec. 19

We normally only hate clemson but this is an exception. Brian VanGorder is scum much like his former boss Bobby Petrino and you can tell he is only after money. I hope that money in Atlanta buys him all the happiness he can afford. And we now hate the Falcons more than PETA.

Cheers to hoping the falcons lose all games in 08-09 by at least 2 TDs, their defense is ranked as one of the worst and VanGorder gets turf toe!

Friday, January 25, 2008

USC ranked No. 3 in baseball coaches' poll

The University of South Carolina baseball team is ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches’ poll released this morning.

The Gamecocks, who were 46-20 a year ago, were also No. 2 in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll.

Arizona State was No. 1 in the coaches’ poll followed by North Carolina. Rice and Arizona round out the top five in the poll, which includes four Southeastern Conference teams.

Vanderbilt is No. 6, Mississippi No. 8 and Mississippi State is tied at No. 23 with Clemson University.

speaking of rings

I am guessing the engagment ring did not look like this. If I was an LSU fan I might have to drop the 1200 bucks for one of these nice National championship rings.


It has come to my attention mainly by a phone call that THE MAGIC CRUMPKIN has been duped into getting engaged. I dont know what kind of trickery she used but I assuming it was by rubbing the magic crumpkins belly and making wishes. Congratulations MAGIC CRUMPKIN of West Virginia and in case any one was wondering it isnt his sister even though it is an accepted practice up that way.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spurrier announces Ellis Johnson as DC

The drama from today is least now our coaching change is complete but now Ark-Kansas is pissed.

The question out there still is "how does this affect recruiting?"

From Joe Person at The STATE---

"Steve Spurrier, at a press conference today announced Arkansas defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as USC's new defensive coordinator."

Seems it has come full circle - Spurrier spoke with Johnson, who was then at Mississippi State, and reportedly offered him the job before hiring VanGorder, according to sources.

"Johnson received a three-year deal from new Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, but has not signed the contract, according to another source close to Johnson.

Johnson is a South Carolina and former head coach of The Citadel. He has long expressed an interest in returning to the state, where he has a lot of friends and family."

Oh the the live press conference from work - HERE

Here are some day after news stories to catch up on if you missed the drama yesterday:

the word is

I think Spurrier knew before it actually happened. Since he said today that there could be a hire in the next 2 hours.

Rumor has it Ellis Johnson has been contacted by the University. The other rumor is, Charlie Strong has also been contacted by Steve Spurrier.

Now what

As Joe Person's broker the story this morning that Brian VanGorder, my first thought was. What the hell are we going to do now? Then I saw the LOHD resident breaking news guy JR posted it as well. Do anybody have any idea where we go now or how bad this will hurt recruiting. VanGorder was in the home of Robert Quinn last night, trying to get the DE to commit to Carolina. I should have listened to what my dad use to say "never trust anybody from Georgia". Well I guess I learned my lesson.
As I am about to be unemployed, I might actually send my resume to Spurrier so see if he can give me a chance. I did win the national championship on NCAA 2008 with this very gamecock defense. I even stopped the run most of the time.

another open letter to Uncle Dave

Dear Dave,

I am sorry to see that you are retiring from the game you have coached for pretty much ever. Now that the season is almost halfway done, could you at least trying to play a big line up, to see what happens. We have gone small and it worked for one game, now lets try going big. Maybe a line up that consists of Carter, Muldrow, Archie, Fredrick’s and Downey. This way Archie can play small forward, and Muldrow can play power forward, just to see how they would compete at a position they should be playing. This would also help with the dept problem, leaving D Day, BRR, and Holmes to come off the bench as well as everybody’s favorite player, the Lithuanian bomber.

Let me know what you think Uncle Dave.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Gamecock Reading for your MLK Day

First, we here at LOHD hope you are reflecting and enjoying your MLK day. If you are at work, then we hated for ya but if so then here is some reading for you today as you try to make it to the 5 o'clock hour.

Random Fact of the Day
There will be 18 former SEC players playing in the Super Bowl and 16 former ACC players in the Super Bowl. The lone star from either Clemson or South Carolina playing (or on the roster I should say) is Anthony Wright (A1).

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Another Preseason poll has USC in Top 25

While five straight losses at the end of 2007 kept the University of South Carolina out of a bowl, the late-season swoon didn't keep the Gamecocks out of the 2008 preseason top 25.
USC, 6-6 a year ago, is ranked No. 23 in College Football News' preseason poll. The Gamecocks were one of seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 and Georgia, where CFN writes "expectations are off the charts," is ranked No. 2, followed by Oklahoma and Florida. The other SEC schools ranked are LSU 6th, Tennessee 12th, Auburn 14th and Alabama 24th. Clemson University, 9-4 last year, is ranked No. 20.

But as we know the preseason polls don't mean a lot but heck, it is great to see USC in the top 25 in the CFN poll and in the rivals poll.