Friday, October 17, 2008

5 keys to a USC win vs. LSU

This week's "5 Keys" are in honor of the man above.....I actually hate that he got canned earlier this week. I was hoping Tommy would stick around for a few more seasons to cause more heartburn at Klempson but oh well.....
The South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) will play the #13/14 LSU Tigers (4-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, Oct. 18 and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8pm. The Gamecocks have put together four straight wins while the defending national champion Tigers suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday at Florida. LSU leads the all-time series, 15-2-1, with Carolina's only home win coming in the 1930 campaign.

What will it take to make that 2 wins at home for USC? Well here are LOHD's 5 keys to a gamecock win---

1. Stop the LSU Run --- Simple right? USC D must step up big time and slow down LSU's Scott. LSU's offense starts with them being able to establish their running game. USC must shut it down before it can start. This will force LSU's young QBs to have to step up to beat one of the SEC's best defenses. If we can force this then it looks good for a USC win.

2. Garcia --- The young buck must man up this week. Time to prove all the haters, doubters, etc wrong. Time to seize control of the USC QB Slot. We all know that a Spurrier offense works best when the QB has time to throw, make plays and spread the ball. All 3 must happen vs LSU. We need the o-line to win the trench battle and protect Garcia. Garcia has to be the leader that USC needs him to be....all eyez on you kid.

3. Continue the 3rd Down / 1st Down trend --- The Gamecocks were a solid 8-of-17 on third down conversions at Kentucky, 47.1 percent, right in line with their 46.9 season percentage (46-of-98), which is the second-best mark in the SEC and ranks 22nd in the country. They converted just 35 percent last season. Conversely, they held the Wildcats to just 1-of-16 on third downs (0.6 percent). For the season, Carolina has held its opponents to just 30-of-94, 31.9 percent, on third downs, fifth in the SEC and 24th in the nation.

The Gamecocks lead the SEC in first downs, totaling 148 through seven games, an average of 21.1 first downs per game. The Gamecocks have had at least 20 first downs in five of seven games.

4. Creating / Eliminating TOs --- USC can not do like they did vs. UK and have 4 turnovers. In the LSU game there is no room for error. So zero turnovers for USC. Flip the coin and the defense has to create some easy points. I would love to see some LSU fumbles and INTs made by the USC secondary. Defense help would be good....While the Gamecocks are one of the nation's worst in turnover margin, ranking in a tie for 10th in the SEC and 107th in the country at -1.0 per game, the defense has minimized the damage. Carolina has surrendered just 27 points following their 20 turnovers, while they have scored 41 points following their 13 takeaways.

5. USC Special Teams Play --- In this game, USC needs something special from the special teams unit. Need to win the field position game, need to get some good PR/KR and heck a block FG or K would be 'real nice.' Lastly, Succop needs to foucs on getting the job done. We all know he is good, heck he leads the nation in field goal attempts this season with 19, two more than any other kicker.

My prediction is a USC win by the score of 24 - 20. Should be a SEC Classic and big win for USC!

A USC "Did you know?" for Friday

The Gamecocks have lost 18 games in the Steve Spurrier Era, 11 of which have come by a touchdown or less and seven of which came to ranked opponents.

Top 10: Best college football mascots

Check out who is #9 ! You go Cocky!

Fox Sports Article

Top Ten Worst Team Names in College Football

A little Gamecock Hate here with ranking USC at #2 on the list per Sporting News.

Is Recruiting to blame for Bowden being fired?

Interesting read here from Bart Wright with the Greenville News


Thursday, October 16, 2008

alex trebek shows his love

Alex Trebek and the boys from Jeopardy showed USC some love yesterday with this question.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vote 4 Spurrier

Make sure you vote for Univ of South Carolina Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award! Vote everyday! Click below...

Steve Spurrier

USC headin' to Dallas for post-season

So says's latest bowl projections for the season!

USC vs. Texas Tech

Could this be Mike Leach's first taste of USC football before he comes over to Klempson?

Stop the Rumor: Spurrier is not going to UT

Today, I was listening to 104.9FM in the Upstate and they got on some discussion about "they heard" that Phil Fulmer is "soon to be out" at Tennessee and the coach they are targeting for the replacement is Steve Spurrier.

Enough with this mess as this rumor is coming back again and let's all be honest here for the last time...Steve-O is not leaving USC for UT.

Klempson going with a "Orange Out" and having a TigerWalk

Gotta give Dabo credit for stirring things up and generating some energy for the 3-3 tigers vs the revamped GT. Here is the letter sent to me from a friend to CU students from Dabo-

Dear Students,
I want to take time to thank Terry Don Phillips and Clemson University for the opportunity to serve as Clemson’s Head Coach for the remainder of the season.
I’m extremely excited about the remaining games, particularly our next game against Georgia Tech. It is extremely important to me to engage our student body so they can get behind our team and support these players for the remainder of the season. Student support is critical to our team and to me personally; therefore, for the Georgia Tech game, I’d like to implement our solid orange concept full force by having an orange-out for the Georgia Tech game. Our team will wear all orange for Georgia Tech and I ask you to join in by wearing orange to support the team. Additionally, we will have the first ever TigerWalk, which will begin from Perimeter Road (near Jervey Athletic Center) and continue through the parking lot (Lot #5) located behind the West End Zone as they enter the locker room to dress for the game. The team will arrive approximately at 10:00 a.m. and I ask that you show up and be loud and proud!
I also plan to invite all the students to a practice and plan for a pep rally in the near future. Student support is vital to our success and I encourage you to get behind this team and demonstrate the Clemson spirit. You will be hearing from me with regards to the pep rally and student practice invitation. We need to exemplify One Clemson.
Thank you in advance for your support and remember – Wear Orange and Go Tigers!
Go Tigers!
Dabo Swinney
Head Football Coach

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

USC nabs Gilmore on the recruiting trail

South Pointe defensive back Stephon Gilmore made a verbal commitment to play for South Carolina during a news conference Tuesday at his school. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is considered by many to be the best defensive back in the state in the Class of 2009. Gilmore picked USC over Alabama and Tennessee.
I feel this is a great sign that the program is heading in the right direction!

USC WR Lecorn moves to defense

Per this article.

"Dion LeCorn, who started six games at receiver last season as a freshman, has been moved to spur linebacker. LeCorn's playing time at receiver had been reduced significantly with the emergence of Jason Barnes, Moe Brown and Joe Hills."

I find this a odd move but I guess if he wants PT then Spurrier has to find a avenue to plug him in....I don't see this lasting....maybe a wake up call as others have stepped up and he needs to elevate his game.

LOHD List of Possible Candidates for the Clemson Job

Here is a list of coaches that LOHD has put together that could be a good replacement at Klempson. Some of the below have already been rumored, some we have omitted b/c they are not a logic choice,others we here at LOHD added but for the most part it is a complied list for you to analyze.

  • Mike Bobo, Georgia offensive coordinator
  • Dabo Swinney, depending on the outcome at CU
  • Dave Christensen, Missouri offensive coordinator
  • Bud Foster, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator
  • Todd Graham, Tulsa head coach
  • Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt head coach
  • Mike Leach, Texas Tech head coach
  • Brian Kelly, Cincinnati head coach
  • Jim Leavitt, USF head coach
  • Todd Grantham, Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach
  • Jerry Moore, Appalachian State head coach
  • Troy Calhoun, Air Force coach
  • Will Muschamp, Texas defensive coordinator
  • Gary Patterson, TCU head coach
  • Charlie Strong, Florida defensive coordinator
  • Brent Venables, Oklahoma defensive coordinator
  • Mike Locksley, Illinois offensive coordinator
  • Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator
  • Lane Kiffin, just-fired Raiders boss/ex-USC offensive guru
  • Brian Van Gorder, Def coor at Atlanta Falcons
  • Jim Grobe, Wake Forest Coach
  • Bill Cowher, retired NFL coach
  • Phil Fulmer, soon to be fired coach at UT barring a miracle

Thoughts? Am I missing anyone? Anyone on the above list that is "no chance?"

USC's O-Lineman Batchelor suspended indefinitely

Per The State Paper - HERE

Not the news you want to see from USC after this and leading up to the LSU game. We all can agree that we need all the depth we can get at the offense's weak spot - the offensive line. Hope big number 74, Batchelor, figures everything out and he is back on the team soon.
USC needs to remain focused on the big game this Saturday and eliminate distractions.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Klempson News Thread

The lip-quiver LOHD will miss.......LOHD touched on our thoughts of Bowden and Clemson - HERE.



Timeline of Tommy Bowden's tenure at Clemson

Tommy Bowden: "Clemson's been very good to me"

Trustee saddened, not suprised by Bowden's departure

Text of letter sent to IPTAY members

Update from News Conference...
Bowden, under the terms of his contract, will be paid as if he’s still head coach until Nov. 30. On Dec. 1, his $3.5 million contract buyout kicks into effect, meaning he will receive payments twice a year through Dec. 1, 2014. That is 3.5 mil over 6 years.

Other Issues reported in the media, thought this was interesting--
Bowden’s father, Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden, issued a statement: “Tommy called me early this morning and told me he felt like it was fixin’ to happen, he felt like it was inevitable. He’s thankful for the experience he got there at Clemson. He has no hard feelings towards them. This is just the nature of this game right now. He’s disappointed but he’s got his priorities in order in his life so he’ll move on and won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. At least I don’t have to worry about him beating me again.”

  • Favorite quote from terry don during the press conference..."clemson was obviously struggling." Boy he is a quick one...took 10 years to figure that out?
  • Sounds like from the news conference this is more of Tommy making the decision to "move on." Maybe they are just framing it like that but Tommy brought it up according to Terry Don.
  • Danny Ford is not being pursued as Coach so all tiger fans can come back to reality.

Dabo is set to talk at 8pm...more later....

-Dabo stated that the option could be used on Saturday...that is a good move in my opinion

-Jeff Scott got a job promotion, Brad Scott is not getting fired

There is more

Coach Dabo Swinney first move as head coach of the Tigers was to fire the Mad Scientist. What about Brad Scott, is he next?

Clemson Quote of the Day on Bowden Firing

On the firing of Bowden, this is what Harper said on ESPN -

"They just told us. It's what he deserved," said senior quarterback Cullen Harper, who was benched after the Tigers' loss to Wake Forest loss and replaced by highly regarded sophomore Willy Korn.
Wow...seems not all is happy in Clemson, SC.

see ya

Tommy Bowden has been relieved of his duties as head coach at Clemson. News just broke after Monday staff meeting. What the hell is going on?

Inside sources tell me that a group of Trustee’s went to the president of Clemson and said it is either you or him. Somebody has got to go! I guess they decided Tommy could go, we will have to see how Dabo Swinney can do.

two weeks in a row

Last week Chris Smelly was offensive player of the week, this week Garcia and Captain take honors as SEC Special Teams and Freshman of the week.

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK STEPHEN GARCIA Quarterback SOUTH CAROLINA 6-2 ? 221 Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson HS) Garcia came off the bench in the third quarter and completed 10-of-14 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown in South Carolina's 24-17 win at Kentucky. At the point Garcia came into the game, Kentucky led, 17-14. He led Carolina to 10 fourth-quarter points, giving the Gamecocks their first win since 2005 when trailing after three quarters. Garcia also had 22 yards rushing on six attempts.

SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN Return Specialist / Defensive Back SOUTH CAROLINA 5-9 ? 185 ? Junior Mobile, Ala. (Murphy HS) Munnerlyn returned a kickoff 84 yards to set up a touchdown and also returned a blocked field goal 81 yards for a touchdown to lead South Carolina to a 24-17 win at Kentucky. His kickoff return came late in the first quarter and set up a one-play,16-yard drive to tie the score, 7-7. Munnerlyn's blocked field goal return came early in the second quarter and gave the Gamecocks a 14-7 lead. Munnerlyn also had two tackles and two pass deflections on defense as Carolina held Kentucky to just 218 total offensive yards.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gamecock Weekend News Thread

Despite four turnovers, four missed field goals, and five penalties, the Gamecocks left Lexington with a 5-2 (2-2) record. The USC defense allowed just 10 points and held the Wildcats to 218 yards in total offense, 55 of which came in the second half.

Here is your weekend shot -

Final Stats / Notes
Backup QB helps lift Gamecocks to victory
USC posts another impressive road win
Defense bails out Succop
'Stephen surprised us all'
Morris: Spurrier, Garcia zing Cajun spice in win
USC coaches: Which way did they go?
McKinley's dream catch has dash of nightmare
Munnerlyn has breathtaking day
Spurrier goes with his gut

Gamecocks Win On The Road, Defeat Kentucky 24-17
Spurrier beats Kentucky again with 24-17 win
As LOHD stated ... Garcia will start against LSU
South Carolina Gamecocks 24-17 over Kentucky

Blogs -

Garnet and Black ---5 POINTS: Time to Save the Program -- South Carolina 24, Kentucky 17

Sea of Blue ReCap

Sea of Blue ---UK vs. South Carolina: "Old" Kentucky beats the 'Cats (with an assist from Stephen Garcia)

Spurrier reaches 100

The recent UK win was No. 100 in SEC play for Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. He trails only Bear Bryant (159), Johnny Vaught (106) and Vince Dooley (105) in total number of SEC wins.

Kenny sets new SC records

McKinley entered the UK game needing just four catches to break Sterling Sharpe’s career record of 169 receptions in a career. After a 7 reception day with 88 yards and 1 TD....the record is his alone. His next record is the career receiving yardage record, which he needs 152 more yards to break.

McKinley has had a reception in 37 consecutive games. He set that USC record earlier this season passing Sharpe and Jermale Kelly, who each had a 34-game streak in their careers. McKinley is tied for the fifth longest current streak in the NCAA in consecutive receptions. Jarrett Dillard of Rice leads the way with a catch in 42 straight games.