Saturday, August 29, 2009
Cooke is still in the process of getting some of his classes worked out and seeing what can transfer and what cannot. Right now it is believed he will have to sit out a year despite being a walk on. Cooke will have three years to play two. Cooke could very likely sit out this year using his redshirt year while paying his own way and then get a scholarship next year as the Gamecocks do have six scholarships to give. He would be eligible to play in the 2010-11 season, when the Gamecocks will need to replace a bunch of key guys: Devan Downey, Dominique Archie, Brandis Raley-Ross and Evka Baniulis. One of the major reasons for Cooke transferring to South Carolina was his relationship with Gamecock freshman Lakeem Jackson.
Cooke is a 6'6 wing player that has a good face up game and more importantly has a seven foot wing span that allows him to guard other post players and not give up to much ground.
Cooke may not be a show stopper but we will certainly welcome him to gamecock basketball. He joins two other commitments for the 2010 class: R.J. Slawson, a 6-7 forward from the Charleston area, and Eric Smith, a 5-9 guard from Mullins.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Developments of note recently -
Senior Toney Baker, who has missed all but one game of the past two seasons because of a knee injury, is atop the N.C. State depth chart handed out Friday before NCSU coach Tom O'Brien's news conference. Jamelle Eugene, another senior, who started the fall top the depth chart, is listed as the second-team back. I suspect that Eugene will get the majority of PT though.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, redshirt freshman R.J. Mattes is listed as the starter at right offensive guard ahead of senior Andy Barbee; Dwayne Maddox is starting ahead of Terrell Manning at the boundary linebacker position where injured Nate Irving played; and junior Jeff Ruiz is listed ahead of freshman Chris Ward at punter. Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilson is listed ahead of junior returning starter DeAndre Morgan at field cornerback.
Here is a dose of news from NCSU for your reading pleasure:
- Tom O’Brien Does Lunch
- 'Tired' Wolfpack gets chance to rest
- Russell Wilson Q&A: 'I'm never afraid'
- How dare you call "Spurrier & USC average"
- Pack teams up quarterbacks, receivers
- Wolfpack could go either way
- Pack follows O'Brien's lead
- Pack looking for answers
- The Sporting News likes the Wolfpack quite a bit
- Coming in at an average weight of 314.8 pounds, NC State has the second-beefiest offensive line in the league.
- Profile of NC State’s QB Russell Wilson (ESPN)
- Preview of NC State’s Season (TechSideline)
- Latest College Football Lines (College Football Locks)
Also N.C. State tight end Mario Carter is out for the season with a knee injury, school sports information director said this week. He was the No. 3 tight end on the depth chart behind George Bryan and Matt Kushner.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wilson also is a smart qb.....in 275 attempts, Wilson threw one interception in 2008. He ended the season with 249 consecutive passes without an interception. It's the longest streak in school history and the longest active streak in the nation. No wonder he is a All ACC QB contender and has experts talking NCSU winning the ACC.
Ellis Johnson and the USC defense must limit this threat. Must wrap him up, slow him down, get in his face, knock passes down, keep changing looks on D, play smart....all that to win as this kid is truly special whether you like NCSU or not. Containing Wilson is job #1 in 8 days on ESPN for the Gamecocks.
- I think rating us at #11 is a bit low as I would say about 8th: SEC position rankings: Offensive line
- Good story about Gamecock fullback Patrick DiMarco in The State.
- Many believe discipline still a problem for the Gamecocks
- Let's welcome Andy Demetra as the new USC hoops, baseball announcer
- Injured Geathers will miss opener
- Linebackers provide core of defense
- Practice report: New PK glad to be at USC
- Here’s a 2009 preview about the N.C. State Wolfpack football team.
Post-Spring Previews: Florida Gators
Ten Games That Will Shape the SEC: No. 7 -- South Carolina at Georgia
- Gamecocks starting offensive line and top backups announced
- NCSU students to attempt "white out" for USC game
- Gamecocks Geathers Mug Shot
- U of South Carolina - "The Best is Here"
- USC WR/DB Joe Hills opts for Tennessee State
- Gamecocks & Bud Light
- Former Gamecock & Current Nuggets' Player Balkman arrested in Florida
- Gamecocks and Legal Issues (AGAIN?)
- Gamecocks Football --- Feel the Thunder Video
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Love It! Go Cocks!
The lineup as of 8/25/09:
--Jarriel King at left tackle
--Rokevious Watkins can back up at both tackles,
---Offensive lineman Steven Singleton (6-3, 300) is taking occasional reps at noseguard in a certain scheme, when the defense “needs a big body,” said defensive line coach Brad Lawing. Can we say "run-stuffer?"
The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. Every student entering the game will receive a free "Beat Carolina" white T-shirt, as a gift from Time-Warner Cable. Also, all students will receive a free "Beat Carolina" red towel and all other fans in the lower level will receive a free "Beat Carolina" white towel to wave during the game.
USC coach Steve Spurrier has released the following statement regarding the Geathers issue ---
"We are disappointed in the actions of Clifton Geathers the other night. He has been suspended indefinitely from the team until all the facts come in."
Monday, August 24, 2009
Also before he left USC, Travis Haney of the P&C reported Hills had this statement -
"Coach Spurrier told me it was best that I play defensive back. I told him I didn't think it was good a move and wanted to talk with my family," Hills told the Sarasota newspaper. "My family didn't like it and I decided on Thursday night to leave. Coach Spurrier didn't tell me why he was doing this. He gave me an excuse, but it wasn't one that I felt was legitimate."
The "fan can" design is the latest marketing gimmick from Anheuser-Busch. You can find them in Columbia, SC. Some people say they'll encourage underage and binge drinking which is just dumb to try and connect but whatever.
I know one could say that is not garnet but give them credit for trying. Heck, one might even say not good timing LOHD to bring this up after Geathers and Balkman with alcohol related incidents....but you are missing the point. Well, speaking of that issue...I wonder if they were drinking Gamecock bud light?
The WSJ did a story on this "fan can" and its relation to the possibility of binge drinking or underage drinking - HERE. And Columbia TV station WIS did a story on this also - HERE.
Thoughts? Good idea or bad idea from Anheuser-Busch? Who is bringing gamecock bud light to the first game?
(h/t: http://bradwarthen.com and pics to his credit)
Nuggets forward and former gamecock, Renaldo Balkman was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The 25-year-old Balkman was arrested by Temple Terrace, Fla., police at 4 a.m. Saturday, after he refused a blood-alcohol content test. Balkman was booked at 5:30 a.m. and released on a $500 bond at 12:30 p.m.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out over the next week and I am sure the media is loving it. The Gamecocks could ill afford to lose another defensive lineman for any period of time. Ladi Ajiboye will be suspended for the first three games. Nate Pepper has been limited in camp because of a chronically balky knee.
Additionally, freshman Ronald Byrd will miss the season after having knee surgery.
Defensive head coach Ellis Johnson has expressed more and more concern about depth up front in recent weeks.
Geathers was our guy that we picked for a breakthrough season, I guess he wanted to make a name for himself a different way in 2009. Let's hope I am wrong and no matter how this plays out that Geathers gets his sh*t together and makes a impact on the field in 2009.
Giles, well let's just hope it stuck to verbal and not physical.
Seems over the weekend that Geathers was arrested; Giles had a "fight" that is under investigation.
Not good but before we cast judgement, let's gather facts.
Geathers incident -
USC starting defensive end Clifton Geathers faces three charges after he was arrested following an incident at a Vista nightclub early Sunday morning.
Geathers, 21, is charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after Columbia police, responding to a fight between Geathers and a bouncer at Club Ice, struggled to detain the 6-foot-8, 281-pound Geathers.
Under USC policy, Geathers was suspended following his arrest.
Giles incident -
In the incident at East Quad, a university spokesperson said security guards called police about an altercation between Jarvis Giles and a woman in the lobby of the dorm at 4:30 a.m. After officers arrived, Giles and the woman told officers it was a misunderstanding.
USC spokesperson Margaret Lamb said police are looking into the matter. Lamb did not identify the female, but a source said she is Giles’ girlfriend from Tampa, Fla.
Full Article HERE and a take from the Free-Times HERE. I am sure more on this later......
Sunday, August 23, 2009
- Practice report: Hills, Clements go to defense
- South Carolina Football Player Profile: No. 40 LB Eric Norwood
- Nice guy Brown tries to finish first
- South Carolina Preview: Gamecocks Look For Breakthrough Season
- Meet Bryce Sherman, the Next Brandon James
- Stephen Garcia Leads the 2009 South Carolina Gamecocks, But To Where?
- Worst Case Scenario: South Carolina Gamecocks
- Ron Morris of The State writes that the huge number of football scholarships is a bigger drag on athletic programs than Title IX. Even Spurrier says that of the 85 scholarship players on a roster, typically only 50 to 60 will play during a season.
- Sophomore Alonzo Winfield is the favorite to start at Carolina’s “spur” position… a hybrid safety/linebacker.
- Whitlock has come a long way — on and off the field
- Practice report: Sherman may be next on scholarship
- Will we see Carolina’s new “Wildcock” formation.
- USC coaches hope for consistent Garcia
- Blog: Scrimmage notes, observations
- USC's Spurrier calls Garcia's performance 'very average'
- USC's Garcia getting his head in the game
- Gamecocks RB Sherman comes 'out of nowhere'
- South Carolina baseball listed as one of the country’s “winners” after the MLB signing deadline.
- Moneyball shorts USC's Dyson
- Dyson, Ebert set to return to Gamecocks
- Former Gamecock Mack makes All-Star team
- Outfielder Seth Constable (5-10 170) of Lewisville, NC has committed to USC for the 2011 class.