Friday, August 01, 2008
In the end, though, there was no place like home for the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder, as he announced moments ago that he was staying home and playing for South Carolina Gamecocks.
Clemson was also voted 2nd worst uniform in college football last week by Campus Squeeze and before that on the Bleacher report.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
-Wofford-because it's Wofford.
-UAB- Not enough talent to over top the gamecock d; will stick around for a half.
-NC State-Strength is running backs and receivers-we should be effective against both, especially the receivers given the strength of our secondary; no line on either side of the ball and a horrible secondary; a double digit victory is not out of the question.
-Vanderbilt- Loss of personnel makes them the Vandy of old; inexcusable loss last year anyway because Vandy was (and remains) under talented compared to USC; this is a revenge game and I would not rule out a blow out victory in Nashville.
-Kentucky- Another "celler dweller" with a loss of personnel. Way too many losses of talent to compete four quarters with USC. They really could have difficultly scoring but a serviceable defense could give us a few problems, but it will not matter in the end. Another conceivable 10+ point victory for the Gamecocks. Spurrier makes it 16 in a row.
-Ole Miss-Nutt's rebuilding but is a scary good coach-you have to admit that even if you don't like him; the Rebels have no offense to speak of, but scare me because we don't seem to be able to find a way to beat these guys; all said, we have more talent and should come away from Oxford with a close win (less than 7 points).
-Arkansas-always play us tough but lost a ton of personnel and will be adjusting to a new system; this game may provide Spurrier with the opportunity to blast a "quality" SEC foe in front of a huge crowd at the Brice.
-Tennessee --Spurrier hates Phat Phil and the Gamecocks will have revenge on their minds after a close OT loss last year; talent gap has narrowed significantly and I see this one going either way (the winner takes it by three or fewer points)
-Clemson --If I was not sporting garnet colored glasses, I would put this one in the category below based on history and the talent differential. I don't think the latter is that great, but it's enough along with Clemson's mental edge in this one to conceive of another loss to our rivals from the Upstate. However, the rivalry factor puts this one into the toss up category along with the fact that this game has been very close every year in recent memory with the Gamecocks last victory in Death Valley against a "more talented" team. Fact is, we have a more talented coach that could take Clemson's players and kick our asses pretty bad. That intangible alone makes this one winnable. Like Tennessee, this one goes to one of the schools by three points or less.
Probable losses (but all winnable):
-Georgia -- Admittedly, interchangeable above with Clemson as a toss up as we always play them tough early (and occasional win); I'm however drinking the cool aid that they're the best team in the country; they were the best team at the end of last year and lost no one. I hate to say it, but this could be a 10+ point UGA win.
-Florida -- I think Spurrier will keep this one close, but Florida overwhelms us with talent. To say we will have to play our "A" game is an understatement.
-LSU --lost their quarterback and some other key players, so this one is not inconceivable this year, especially in front of a home crowd. With that said, LSU has planty of potential "NFL talent" on the roster and will be formidable. However, out of the "probable losses", I think this one is the most winnable. LSU will not be as good as Florida or Georgia this year.
THE LOHD SKINNY:
If we win the "wins", "probable wins" and "should wins" (collectively, the "win" categories), we go 7-5. One slip up (which is conceivable) and we're 6-6. If we take care of the "win" categories and win one toss up and upset a "probable loss team", that's 9 wins. This would be a special year in my opinion. At the end of the day, I think 6-6 is the worst the 08 team will do in any combination, and 10-2 in the best this team will do in any combination. So the record will be somewhere between 6-6 and 10-2. I predict 8-4, with wins against all of the "win" categories and a victory against Tennessee at home. That makes us 5-3 in the SEC and.....See you at the Chick-Fil-A bowl.
I think there is more to this story than meets the eye. If the coaching staff knows about the packets, and did nothing about it. That should be some kind of recruiting violation. I wonder if the Clemson staff sends out packets with pictures of Clemson players getting out of trouble, or beating women. The package would probably say something like this, “come to Clemson, where you can get away with pretty much anything. Feel like throwing your girlfriend down some stairs, go ahead. You can still play on the team. ”
Thoughts? Garcia is our willie korn and is going to be the 'great white hope.". From this moment forward USC football will never be the same and the point that we all remember as the turning point. Not saying SEC champs this year but USC will be the SEC Champs by the time Garcia graduates.
Question is will beecher still be the starter for the NCSU game? I can see him starting but garcia will get majority of snaps.....
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
UVA Junior offensive lineman Will Barker and redshirt freshman lineman Dave Roberts were picked up at Club 216 on Water Street at 3:45 Saturday morning. Police say both men admitted to stealing beer from a cooler at the nightclub. Both face larceny charges. Roberts, who is 19 years old, is also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and with using a fake ID
"Wait...it get worst..."Club 216 is "Charlottesville, Virginia's only gay and lesbian bar and dance club.""
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
First, let's take a quick glance at what we got on offense.
Whoever the quarterback is will have wide receiver Kenny McKinley to look for down the field. McKinley compiled 968 yards and 9 touchdowns on a school record 77 catches last season and has a good shot at breaking every South Carolina receiving record this season. He didn't participate in the Gamecocks' spring game, but is expected to return in time for fall practices. Dion Lecorn will also return at receiver as the Gamecocks look for more consistency from their offensive line, which returns three starters. Senior tailback Mike Davis, who rushed for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, will probably get the go-ahead at tailback in replacement of Boyd. The running game was ranked No. 101 in the nation last season with an average of 113. 7 yards per game, while the passing offense ranked No. 37 at 258. 2 yards per game. We know the two weapons at TE so who does LOHD think is the sleeper impact player on offense?
By now you are saying...get to the point...well here is who we think will be a "hidden gem" in 08 -
Eric Baker.......Baker, in 2007, was at Fork Union Military Academy where he played on both sides of the ball... rushed for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns despite battling an ankle injury... a four-star prospect, was considered the eighth-best prep schooler in the nation by Rivals.com. Check out these two videos - 1 and 2.
Look for Baker to emerge as the season progresses. I know he could face a redshirt but we are holding out hope for him. And Yes Maddox, Davis and Wallace are good backs but look for Baker to add that much needed spark on offense. Heck give him a screen pass and let him work some magic.
Monday, July 28, 2008
With the season a little over a month away it is important to look at where you have been and where are we headed. As a football program we are inching oh so close...
Just to show you guys exactly how close we are...Spurrier's record at South Carolina is 21-16. At first glance, not overly impressive right? Particularly not to someone unaware of the state our program was in when SOS took the reigns and/or the difficulty of our schedule year in and year out.
Well of those 16 losses, 9 of them are by 7 points or less.
Spurrier ALWAYS preaches the importance of winning the close games and that being the mark of a good team. Let's just assume we were able to win 4 of those 9 games mentioned above. Several games come to mind that could easily comprise these 4 (Mizzou in the Independence Bowl, @ Florida in 2006, either of the 2 Clemson losses that we led in the 4th quarter, UT last year, Auburn at home in 2006, etc etc).
IF we had won 4 or those 9 7pt or less losses, Spurrier's record would be 25-12, a winning percentage of 67%, and an average record of 8-4 over 3 years. I know I'm really playing the what-if game here so shoot me down if you must, but I think that really illustrates just how close we are to where we want to be!
Hopefully this year is the year that our boys get it together and win a few of those oh so important close games! GO COCKS!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
-Mediocrity challenges Spurrier
-Morris: Spurrier uses caution as precaution
-For McKinley, no bunnies or Heffner
-Seems Fighting on the job does not help - Cory Boyd waived by Buccaneers
-Bengals waive ex-USC RB Irons
-Gamecock Showcase recap
-Media pick Gamecocks to finish fourth