Saturday, June 13, 2009
The State newspaper sports writer Seth Emerson blogs HERE that Devan Downey is pulling out of the NBA draft and plans to return for his senior season!
Downey released a statement through the team:
"I want to thank my coaches, teammates and fans for being so supportive throughout the process. It was a great experience for me, but the best decision for me right now is to come back to school."
USC coach Darrin Horn also released a statement:
"Devan and I have been on the same page throughout the process. The feedback he received from several NBA teams and personnel will continue to help him grow as a basketball player. Devan is a special young man and player, and we are glad to have him back for his senior season."
Seems this will stay live now - http://downey2therim.com/ - This will be the site for the push to state why Devan is the favorite for SEC POY next season.
This is great for USC with Devan and Archie back in 09-10. Make sure to look at our team overview for 09-10.
As we know he was in Milwaukee for his final workout (the team has a story on its web site, along with pictures and video, of Downey's workout).
Seems he will take the entire weekend to decide if he stays at USC, goes to Europe or takes his chances with the NBA draft....
- UGA-South Carolina to kick off at 7 p.m. ...can not wait!
- Post-Spring Previews: Florida Atlantic .... Garnet & Black posting.
- Draft starts Tanner's juggling act ....like every year, gotta reload...This year six current players were drafted and six signees. He does say he expects recruits Chris Owings, Will Myers and Brooks Hall to sign with their MLB teams. Also Dalles and Mack....boo!
- USC baseball wrap: Tanner must play waiting game
- South Carolina Baseball 2009 MLB Draft Recap
- From the Desk of Eric Hyman ....blah, blah, blah...
- Season ticket sales are down for Carolina, but their seat tax and the SEC’s new tv deals will still drive the bottom line upwards. ...dollar dollar bills ya'll!
- SC football and basketball players getting smarter - highest ever team GPAs last semester.
- Alabama football on probation
- Preseason Top 120 Countdown from Rivals: 115-111
- Preseason Top 120 Countdown from Rivals: 110-106
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- The Cocks have had another era equal to Spurrier’s run.
- According to The Charlotte Observer, Coach Spurrier offered a scholarship yesterday to ninth-grade safety Shaq Roland.
- USC Gamecocks have 2nd toughest nonconference schedule
- Spurrier loses out on Montana
- Recent Spurrier Interviews
- Blake Mitchell where did you go?
- Keys to Success in 2009: Number 4, Finding a Replacement for Kenny McKinley ... A Garnet & Black post
- USC pays $800,000 guarantee to Fla. Atlantic
- USC raises $6.3 million in seat-license plan
- Devan Downey and Dominique Archie may both go to Europe.
- Devan Downey is '50-50' and Archie is still thinkin'
- USC's Archie withdrawing from NBA draft
- Video Coach Tanner's season wrap-up
- South Carolina Baseball 2009 MLB Draft Recap
- Gamecocks in the MLB Draft.
- D Mack goes to Yankees
- USC's Sam Dyson hears his name called
- USC's Catcher gets drafted
- USC baseball signee picked by Brewers
- USC fans still watching MLB draft
- Another USC signee gets picked
- USC baseball gets some signees
- High price tag dropped Dyson into 10th round
- NCAA to announce Bama penalties ... this 'book-gate' happened under Shula
- Tide football placed on three years probation
- ESPN.com is continuing with its non-conference schedule theme by asking its writers to list their “dream matchups,” conference by conference. You can click here to read the whys and how-comes.
- Thursday Random Thoughts About Alabama and the SEC from Bleacher Report
- The other USC has some explaining to do...
- Preseason Top 120 Countdown: Nos. 120-116
Is the decline in ticket sales for USC football due to the economic climate or poor performance on the field?
Travis Haney at THE POST and COURIER reports -HERE- that ticket sales are down "11%" at Carolina currently. Eric Hyman stated today that revenue is up b/c of the seat tax.
I guess this explains the constant phone calls and emails trying to get me to buy more tickets besides the two I already have - "Risner (head of development for sc) said about 6,000 season tickets remain from the base 57,000 (11.4 percent)."
Good news is "The Gamecock Club has added 900 new members," which is not a surprise since you can join for 50 bucks now and get a full book. THAT PISSES ME OFF. As before it took me several years before I got a full book of tickets even at the half scholly level. Now you can pay bare minimum and get all the tickets. But again this has helped me as my seats have improved.
Risner closes with this, "This has been the most challenging time, probably, in the history of our development operation at South Carolina."
Hence more reason to change the way gamecock club operates. Do away with the business model and get back to focusing on the fans. Not to mention it helps to field a competitive squad. Sorry but truth hurts. And I remain committed - I am continuing my half scholarship dues, paid my seat tax and signed up for 2 season tix. All before I step foot in Columbia. Go Cocks!
Looks like one of the two gamecocks looking to figure out there future will put off Europe or the NBA for one more year. I think it is a smart move on Archie's part, as he can improve his stock next season at Carolina and maybe even turn into a draft pick. I have a feeling Downey will take the money and run to Europe. One more year at Carolina can't make him taller.
Any thoughts on this, and what kind of impact will Archie have on the team next year.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Emerson writes that, "Devan Downey texted his high school coach today, saying it was “50-50” he would return to South Carolina."
Seems we have reports from all over the place saying all sorts of things from NBA to Europe to USC. I guess we all can guess until both of these kids make a decision. LOHD has said from the start that both would be better served to come back for another year playing college ball. I think both could raise their value but Devan nor Archie have asked us (yet?).
Stay tuned. They have a June 15 deadline for the decision.
Here is the list -
2. South Carolina
4. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss
I had my fingers crossed on that one but I knew it was a long shot for this kid to come all the way to the east coast to play football.
We have seen Owings and Myers get picked...who is next?
USC fans are still waiting to hear if the names of current gamecocks - C Justin Dalles, OF DeAngelo Mack, P Blake Cooper, SS Bobby Haney, IF A Crisp, P Parker Bangs, P Sam Dyson and 1b Nick Ebert.
Other Signees that could be drafted and will face a decision to go pro or be a gamecock -
- JC Robert Beary, who is listed as a utility person from Apopka, Fla.
- RHP Ethan Carter from Newprt News, Va.
- RHP Brooks Hall from Anderson
- JC player at 2b Adrian Morales from Hialeah, Fla.
- 3rd baseman Christian Walker from Limerick, Pa.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Now the question is will he sign or play for the Gamecocks?
Owings drafted 41st by Diamondbacks
You will recall that the SC Force signed former University of South Carolina QB Blake Mitchell for the 2009 season. But after starting the first two games, and losing the first and second.... Mitchell is no longer with the team. What happen and where did you go?
Monday, June 08, 2009
I welcome the help, especially pitchers, to getting USC on track to visit the CWS again in the near future.
Now that we have entered into the summer months we will begin to analyze the upcoming football season and report on some other things brewing.
Good news of the day is that Clemson lost last night.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
- Post-Spring Previews: Georgia
- Keys to Success in 2009: Number Five, Special Teams Play
- Post-Spring Preview: NC State Wolfpack
- Post-Spring Preview: NC State, Cont.
- 5 questions for USC baseball next season
- Season continues for 11 Gamecocks
- USC outfielder Bradley is All-American
- Morris: Better pitching holds key to USC improvement
- USC baseball's 2010 projected starting lineup
- Top 25 college football players ... SEC has 8 players on the list.
- Morris: Holtz finds a home with Pirates
- Little rest with new SEC football schedule
- Much deserved ... Order of the Palmetto honor is no hurdle for coach Frye
- According to Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News, the powers-that-be in the SEC did the right thing last week when they voted to cap at 28 the number of over-signs in football recruiting.
- Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News has provided everything you could possibly want to know about the SEC’s new television deal.
- UGA has self-reported six secondary violations and three of them involve the football program.