Saturday, May 09, 2009
Three factors receive most of the blame: a condensed schedule, the economy and an apparent hangover from football season, when the Gamecocks lost to Clemson and had a poor showing in the Outback Bowl to finish the season.
I do agree with those reasons but I feel the biggest reason is trying to turn these chapter meetings into regional meetings and make it seem to much like a business. BAD MOVE!
The coaching staffs and the USC Administration has to get down to business at the foundation of what is the gamecocks. Grass roots. Go to their backyards. Show love in the small towns where sometimes garnet & black bleeds the most and away from the "big cities." This is not a shareholders meeting so stop trying to make it one. This is a college program that people love deeply and we know how that love can be in the south.
If you are going to churn up support well you got to go to the people. You have to engage them and make them feel ownership! You can not ask the people or in this case gamecock club members to drive 1+hour to hear the same ol speech. You have to run this thing like a campaign and focus on the grassroots. Trust me I know this.
It is time for the gamecocks to get serious about the gamecock club and about what can be!
It is time to get the damn gamecock club membership sticker in the mail....sorry I had to slip that in there. It's a membership organization and is not that hard to run it like one. Yes there are 15,000+ egos to deal with but keep it simple. The club is there to support the program(s). The club has to be responsive to its membership. Focus on the membership. It is not a corporation so Hyman quit treating it like one. It is time to focus on grooming the next generation of gamecocks but also showing loyalty to the many gamecock faithful who have stuck by the program during a occasional high and through the many lows. LOHD has always stated that "it is tough being a gamecock fan."
To ask people to drive to hear the same rhetoric is dumb and shame on Hyman for trying it. I know coaches need to be with families and recruit. But they also need to be in front of the masses that help fill the seats and help pay those salaries. Coaching staffs before them did it so it is not like this is a new concept. We are talking once a year here kids.
This could be the problem with college athletics and I feel it is time for USC to get back to fundamentals. If you focus on the basics then the rest will occur. So Hyman you will stay in the black, you will get your new buildings, etc.
I will be entering into a new writing chapter on this blog to showcase what I will call - Gamecocks 2.0. I will attempt to lay down some new thoughts on what the gamecock athletic department should be doing to get the fanbase stoked with not only what can happen but the energy that needs to surround the program.
I ask that you stay tuned......
Tennessee improves its record to 22-27 and 8-17 in the SEC while the loss drops Carolina to 30-19 and 12-13 in league play. The two teams meet in game two on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Calling it the “The Reedy River Rivalry,” the schools and the Greenville Drive announced a partnership today that will feature games between the Tigers and Gamecocks at Fluor Field at the West End in 2010 and 2011 --- Tigers, Gamecocks to play at Fluor Field
South Carolina leads the all-time series 38-32 including two wins last year in the final three games played at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia.
Carolina sits in third place in the Eastern Division and seventh place overall with a 12-12 conference record. Carolina needs to win and I feel strongly that they need to win 2 out of 3 this weekend. To strengthen their chances in making the postseason.
Key stats via USCsports ---
- South Carolina is hitting .307 as a team on the year (514-for-1674) with 82 HR and 333 RBI.
- The team is fielding .973 (1273 putouts, 485 assists, 48 errors).
- The pitching staff owns a 5.15 team ERA. 378 strikeouts in 424.1 innings.
- Opponents are only batting .261 against the squad, second lowest opponents average in the SEC.
- Carolina continues to be strong in the early innings, outscoring opponents 110-48 in the first two innings on the year.
- South Carolina is 28-3 in games when it out-hits the opponent.
- Carolina is also 27-10 when hitting at least one home run.
- The Gamecocks also have a record of 19-6 when scoring in the first inning.
- South Carolina has homered in 35 of 48 games this year with a total of 82.
- Carolina is 27-10 when hitting at least one home run in a game.
Come on guys...it is simple. Clemson is USC's rival whether you agree or not it is what it is...always has been and always will be. In a rivalry situation, the object is to win more than you lose versus your opponent. So to make this even simpler....USC needs to win constantly in every sport vs Clemson. Most sports recently have held their own vs Clemson except football.
Yes I want a SEC Championship badly in football and yes if you asked me would I rather have a SEC championship in football than beat Clemson this year. BUT Spurrier, Horn, Tanner and all other USC coaches need to stress that one goal for the season (no matter the sport) is to beat Clemson. No need to understand it or try to analyze it. Every kid who puts on the garnet & black must know that one of their goals no matter the sport is to beat Clemson.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Today MLB announced that Manny from Mannywood will be suspended for 50 games for violating the baseball drug policy.
This was supposed to be the Dodgers year. They are on a 13 game winning streak at home and have already jumped out to a nice lead in the NL West. Now that there big hitter is gone for the next 50 games, let’s see what happens.
Back to the point....Southeastern baseball (http://www.sebaseball.com/) has issued their predictions for the regionals and it seems USC is slated to be the #2 seed in......Clemson! Ugh....
In our preview that we did for next year you can now remove Carter. As you can see, it is not a huge loss for the team and it opens up a scholarship for use in the future. Which makes you wonder after reading this -Despite strides, hoops faces scholarship loss - if somehow this is related???
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
--In Garcia we trust
--USC has young promising talent
--Spurrier needs some offensive firepower
--Secondary has to step up after the NFL took a lot of talent
USC has 12 starters (five offense, six defense, one special teams) among 40 lettermen coming back for the 2009 season.
South Carolina spring wrap-up
Fact is Coach Horn wasted no time in getting L.J. Hepp to come to South Carolina as the director of operations for the men's basketball team.
Horn, USC fill operations director job
Committing for the 2009 class was RHP John Taylor (5-10 175) of Florence-Darlington TEC. And committing for the 2011 class was RHP Taylor Guerrieri (6-1 180) of North Augusta.
Bradley batted 9-for-14 with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored over the weekend.
Not a big deal but never good to have members of the coaching staff leave especially after being crowned Co Champs of the SEC East. Hope Robert finds success and hope Horn can fill the role of director of operations quickly.
Horn staffer leaves team