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  1. 5 points
  2. Unless utter incompetence reveals itself Shane deserves at least 5 years assuming we're seeing steady progress and improvement over that time span.
    4 points
  3. The entire offseason we opined and hypothesized about this staff's potential ability to get *more* from the players - to coach them up and have them play to their potential, not degrade as we saw in the previous staff. I think we are on the right track - we have players who have been waiting to show out doing so, like Josh Vann. But the jewel in the crown has to be Jaylan Foster, an almost forgotten portal transfer at the start of the season from Gardner-Webb who leads the SEC in INTs, is tied on the team for forced fumbles, and leads the team in tackles ... holy cow. If he keeps this up he will be looking at all-SEC lists and maybe even All American lists ... I'd say he is certainly a success story in this regard.
    4 points
  4. I started to post this little gem on the Countdown thread, but decided it would be okay with its own thread. This is a restored WW2 Navy training film for flight deck personnel. Each sailor wore a color-coded uniform that designated their role on the flight deck team. Not much has really changed over the years. A couple of takeaways from the film: Know your job and do it well because your life and the lives of your fellow shipmates depend on it. Know where you are at and where you are supposed to be at all times (the same as the playbook in football). Have faith in what your supervisors tell you to do because they know more than you do and are looking out for you and your fellow shipmates (listen to your coaches). Be thoroughly familiar with the required communication (know what the signals mean). Know and accept your role and do it well.
    4 points
  5. Kenny McKinley was a great receiver for South Carolina and left USC as the all-time leading receiver. During his career with the Gamecocks he earned first-team honors from: the SEC coaches (All-SEC), the Associated Press and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was second-team All-SEC by Rivals.com and honorable mention All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com. McKinley also placed his name in the SEC record books. His 207 receptions placed third in conference annals, becoming just the fifth SEC player to amass more than 200 catches in a career. He also became the 12th player in league history to record more than 2,700 receiving yards (2,781). He went on the be drafted by the Denver Broncos. His name certainly eternally belongs in the same breath that Sterling Sharpe, Sidney Rice, Alshon Jeffery, Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Robert Brooks, and Zola Davis reside...Gamecocks Receiving Legends. Nearly 11 years ago to this day, Former Gamecocks WR #11 Kenny McKinley passed away from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The guy is remembered for his impeccable footwork and his famous ever present smile. While he always seemed happy, he was dealing with personal issues that increased his depression. His death was a shock to many of his fans, friends, and former teammates. Days after Kenny McKinley transitioned, Denver sportswriter Woody Paige wrote an article dedicated to the former Denver Broncos Punt Returner and Receiver. The article Paige wrote was striking due to Woody's casual but candid description of his own suicide plan and issues he was dealing with. He was lucky enough to get help before he carried out his plan: https://www.denverpost.com/2010/09/22/paige-we-must-learn-from-mckinley Please take a few moments to read Woody's article and also remember to check on your friends and family. Kenny, Forever to Thee.
    4 points
  6. Our fans would have run Stoops off before he ever had a chance to be successful. Take a look at his record: 2013 Kentucky 2–10 0–8 7th (Eastern) 2014 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 6th (Eastern) 2015 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 T–4th (Eastern) 2016 Kentucky 7–6 4–4 T–2nd (Eastern) L TaxSlayer 2017 Kentucky 7–6 4–4 T–3rd (Eastern) L Music City 2018 Kentucky 10–3 5–3 T–2nd (Eastern) W Citrus 11 12 2019 Kentucky 8–5 3–5 T–4th (Eastern) W Belk 2020 Kentucky 5–6 4–6 4th (Eastern) W Gator 2021 Kentucky 6–0 4–0 We would have run him off in year 3. Everyone needs to calm down and Shane at least have a chance to see what he can do.
    3 points
  7. Think it's way too soon to talk about firing coaches. At this point, get through the season and then evaluate. Canning anyone now is pointless. No way to institute a new offense mid season. If anything the OL coach needs a good looking at, but after the season.
    3 points
  8. Seems like we could eliminate a couple of penalties with team rules/policies: How to eliminate the tossed ball before the endzone? Anyone scoring a touchdown holds onto the ball until he hands it to the ref in the back of the endzone, Marcus Lattimore style. No exceptions. How to eliminate taunting penalties? Obviously we are not mentally disciplined enough to allow any personal discernment, so new team policy is no talking to the other team period. You stand over an opponent, you're benched. Instead, if you wreck an opponent with a great play, you help him up...and then knock his ass down again next play. And you say nothing. You want to get in their heads, smile at them, and then knock their ass down. Now I don't expect any of the above to be adopted, but at some point you have to question the methods you're currently doing if they are not correcting the problem.
    3 points
  9. In honor of @Spur's Addiction's excellent trivia question in the trivia thread, I present this potpourri of musical magic from 1991:
    3 points
  10. Passing game has to loosen up the D. If not, running will be difficult. So far, that is what we have seen from teams. Why respect the pass when we suck at it.
    3 points
  11. Find balance in the attack like we did to start the second half last week - Luke HAS to be able to loosen up the box with throws or they will just keep 8+ in there waiting for whoever gets the ball. Fewer mental mistakes; we need to for the first time this year have FEWER penalties than the other team. Keep forcing turnovers on defense and then for the love of all things holy, put points on the board as a result.
    3 points
  12. In order to be competitive with Clemson I wish we would become better, not they become worse.
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. Well, we are 1-6 against UK over the past 7 seasons. Certainly have NO position to boast or take this game as a sure win, but I feel this is a very winnable game for us. We STILL NEED to find a way to cut out the penalties and turnovers, and stupid unsportsmanlike penalties that hamstring us. Folks are saying that Kentucky "had a bad game" against FCS Chattanooga. Chattanooga gained almost as many total yards as UK did, and led in the 4th Qtr. 16-14. UK had 3 turnovers to the Mocc's 1, so they certainly played a sloppy game. The Mocs had 4 redzone opportunities and scored all 4 times, to just 2 opportunities for the Wildcats. So, a pretty bad game for the WIldcats, right? Well, UK has played three games, not one. Like UGA, they are 3-0. Like Missouri, we are 2-1. Our SEC game thus far was UGA on the road in Athens. UK's one game thus far was at home against Missouri. UGA's SEC Scoring Defense thus far through 3 games: 2nd Missouri's Scoring Defense thus far: 14th UGA's Rushing Defense: 4th Missouri's Rushing Defense: 14th UGA's Passing Defense: 3rd Missouri's Passing Defense: 7th UGA's Total Defense: 1st Missouri's Total Defense: 14th Bottom line: Missouri's defense IS NOWHERE ON THE RADAR with UGA's defense. Then, the third game was at home against a weak Sunbelt Conference team that is borderline FCS-level in Louisiana-Monroe. UL-M has only played 2 games thus far, the 2nd being a 12-7 victory against FCS Jackson State. All 12 points scored by UL-M came by field goals. UL-M gained a total of 250 yards in the game: Jackson State gained 285. UL-M is averaging 11 ppg, 55.5 rushing ypg, and 168.5 TOTAL yards per game, in the two games they've played thus far. So of course they are last or next to last in every offensive statistic in their conference thus far. Two games is not much of a sample size to go on - the three games everyone have played thus far is not much better - but if anyone should be able to show they are a competitive team, it should be against an opponent from the level below them. South Carolina beat FCS Eastern Illinois 46-0, UK beat FCS Chattanooga, 28-23 in a tightly contested game, and had their best game against mid-major UL_m where they won 45-10. UL-M beat their FCS opponent 12-7. So what does all this nonsense mean? Kentucky's strength thus far has been their offensive output, but they've essentially played one FBS and two FCS-caliber opponents, and hasn't really played anyone that had a defense with much of a pulse, with the exception of FCS Chattanooga, thus far. They beat up on UL-M with a terrible defense via the passing game, and beat up on Missouri with a terrible defense via the ground game. And then battled it out with FCS Chattanooga who gave as much as they took. This is a very winnable game. Although there have been a couple or so of those losses to UK in recent years where they seemed to come out with all cylinders firing, I like our chances in a packed Williams-Brice. I remain always hopeful.......
    3 points
  15. Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger is the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Kroeger had a 56.8-yard average. Three of the punts were placed inside the 20. He boomed a career-long 70-yard punt. The Commodores had no return yards.
    2 points
  16. 90.7% of the eligible population in my county have received at least one vaccination shot. I was impressed when I heard this. The local officials have done a great job.
    2 points
  17. Here they are don't get mad saw this and almost fell out of my chair. We Gamecocks fans have had some real tuff times but the humor helps with the pain...
    2 points
  18. So that was a woodshedding. Not a ton of good to take away, but there are a few nuggets: Good News: We cut down on penalties, and had half as many as the week before (5). Bad News: We still had twice as many as our competition. Good News: As a group, Kevin, Juju and MarShawn averaged more than 4 yards a carry for the first time this season (IIRC). Bad News: When you are down 28-0 in the first quarter they tend to give you you those runs; not sure how much they tell us. Good News: Not counting FCS foe EIU, we racked up our highest yard total of the season. Bad News: Still lost by a ton. Good News: Our coaching staff is looking for ways to be creative on offense. Bad news: Nothing says "I don't trust us to be able to do it the old fashioned way" than a gimmick play at 1st and goal from the 1.
    2 points
  19. Oh I agree that "if" is a magic word. If they had run Harris up the middle 4 times and he was stopped at the one foot line on 4th down the same people complaining about the pass would have complained that we tried to run it up the middle when we should have tried to pass once or twice. All of the good plays are ones that work and bad plays are the ones that don't.
    2 points
  20. Have I been disappointed? Sure. What did I expect our record to be after 6 games? 3 - 3. I'm not ready to hit the panic button just yet.
    2 points
  21. I'm not sure what people were expecting? We won two games last year and fired our coach halfway through. And there was a reason for that. we sucked. and still do. We were never supposed to turn things around in 1 season. Building a program takes time.
    2 points
  22. UT going to the black unis for our game is meaningless false bravado, just like it has been for us in the past. A flag of fear to be exploited. The Vols will flinch if our D can hold the line against them. Just go play our game and see what happens.
    2 points
  23. The key is to get our guys to make it ugly for the opponent, not ourselves.
    2 points
  24. To me Clemsux and That to me would be the signature win needed.
    2 points
  25. I have thought for a while that we have too many players who are strong enough, but not smart enough to play like they should. Meaning not knowing what's going on in a game, retaining what they're trained on, and letting their egos get the best of them. It goes back to what that Gator fan said on CT after we first hired Muschamp that we had no idea how bad he was going to wreck our program. I believe Shane and his staff realize the players' limitations, but are working to coach them the best they can. It would be a struggle even without forcing them to learn a new playbook and system. Shane will bring in enough players who are both strong and smart enough to play well to anchor the team on both sides of the ball. I believe they will correctly point out what the current players are doing wrong rather than give up, which is what I believe eventually happened with enough of Muschamp's staff to send the train off the tracks. I just believe this staff is better than Muschamp's and will get the lights to come on with enough players during the season for us to have a decent winning season.
    2 points
  26. Beamer needs to understand: 1) Put a better product on the field and the fans will come. 2) Take care of the stupid penalties and the fans will come 3) Teach your O Line to block some one (anyone) and the fans will come. 4) Teach your players not to spike the ball before they get to the end zone and the fans will come. 5) Teach your players not to taunt (when you are behind on the scoreboard) and the fans will come. In other words Beamer has enough to worry about with this team, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE FANS.
    2 points
  27. Of course I can, and don't call me Shirley!
    2 points
  28. Yeah I can't do them either. I have done spin classes for 30-45 minutes and those are OK. But does not beat riding on the open road. But just by myself on a trainer I will get bored and tired in 10 minutes. Same with running on a treadmill.
    2 points
  29. I hear ya, but stuff goes in cycles and the wheel is turning. I will take it both ways. LOL
    2 points
  30. Jack Rabbit....Sacramento Wildlife Preserve. Muir National Monument Redwoods 7-9-21. This is north of the SF Golden Gate area. Not a hike, but if in SF....you gotta shoot the bridge. Most of the time, it's covered up with fog. Alcatraz. Pinnacles NP. This is a smaller and lesser known National Park east of Monterey, CA. This would be a cool place to hike in cooler weather. Channel Islands, off the coast of CA. You have a 1 hr boat ride over. There is some hiking required to get to places like this. 6-27-21 Joshua Tree National Park, CA. It was too hot for much hiking, but a nice place to visit in cooler temps. 6-26-21
    2 points
  31. More pics...sorry if I'm grandstanding. Lower falls....Yellowstone. 8-16-21 This little guy just showed up and made everyone's day. Looks like he's sightseeing. Yellowstone, 8-16-21 Bitterroot Mtns, W of Hamilton, Montana. MT was all smoked up. Sad. Some of the best summer hiking can be had in Montana. The locals were staying put since fires could pop up at anytime. Phones are amazing. Just whip 'em out and click a great pic! Bitterroot Mtns....Montana. Elevation was about 7k'. San Juan Island, WA. This is one of their beaches looking S. The mtns in the distance are Olympic National Park, and Victoria BC may be in the right of the picture. Mt Baker area, East of Bellingham, WA. 7-21-21 Chuckanut Trail area, Bellingham, WA. These are some tall trees not seen in very many places. Crater Lake NP, Oregon. 7-15-21. It's smoky. When I visited this place in '18, you couldn't see anything. Oregon is burning. Mt. Scott, Crater Lake....you had to hike up to this view. Almost 9k'. Yosemite Valley taken from Glacier Point. 7-12-21. It was around 90 degrees and there is some smoke from fires. Yosemite Valley taken earlier in the AM. This one turned out good. 7-13-21 Yosemite National Park, California. It is a long way up to the top of those peaks.
    2 points
  32. Pics from my summer Sunbird tour. Some of these are hikes, the rest are sightseeing. Hope y'all back east can get out west sometime. It's another world for sure! Sand Dunes NP, CO 9-2-21 Red Rocks Trail, E of Denver Mtn goat near Mt. Evans, CO. Trail on Lookout Mtn, E of Denver. You have a short hike up to the peak. This is 14,258'. Note the date. That marker has seen lots of very cold weather. View from Mt. Evans. These are the Rockies in CO. You drive up to this area, then do some hiking at the top. You always meet nice people at these places. And look...it's a B-24 flying by. Red Rocks trail area, Denver. A deer passing by. Denver area. This is on the way down from Mt. Evans, CO. More Rockies scenery. Rocky Mtn National Park. Almost 12k' elevation. Rocky Mtn NP. 8-23-21. You have to hike up to these places from the parking lot. Just after I took this picture, it got cold and started raining. Crazy!
    2 points
  33. My only concern was that you have the number one ranked quarterback in the country on an official visit and you try to run up the middle, over and over. Show him a wide open offense and throws down field. Hope we did not loose him in the first half.
    2 points
  34. I'm not going to armchair quarterback our play last night. I think people expect too much from this team and our staff. We're climbing out of the Muschamp malaise and it's going to take awhile. We just need to win enough this year to help with recruiting. All I heard all week was how explosive the UK offense has become yet we held them to one touchdown. I hate losing as much as anyone, but I'm going to be patient this year and hope we get better as the year progresses.
    2 points
  35. I had planned for my wife and I to hike our favorite trail today. I have never seen another person on the first three miles of the trail in all the times I’ve hiked it. It starts on private property, so you have to get permission and the gate code to get into the camp. We arrived at the trailhead to find about thirty people going on a group hike. That just doesn’t work for me. My hikes are my time to get away from phones, other people (not counting the wife), and noise. I want to go out and enjoy nature, peace and quiet and get some exercise. So, we left and went to another trail that goes to Lake Wattacoo. I had forgotten that Oil Camp Creek Trail crosses that trail, so we took it. From that point on, we didn’t come across another soul. It was great! This is the time of year I enjoy it the most, once it cools down and you can really savor being outside. Here are some pictures and videos of some of the beautiful stuff we saw, plus my dog, who absolutely lives for hiking. The sheer joy on her face as she runs up the trails, exploring and splashing through the water is worth it, even if I didn’t enjoy it. IMG_1826.MOV IMG_1825.MOV IMG_1777.MOV IMG_1815.MOV
    2 points
  36. Ah, the Golden Spur! in the mid 70s they had a deal where you could buy a ceramic mug for $5. They numbered your mug and kept it on the wall behind the bar. You got one free draft beer in it every single day. My number was oo. At the end of the year you got to keep your mug. Gamecock mug.jfif
    2 points
  37. Simply put we will see a turn around and improvement this Saturday. This problem is going away. Too much talent and depth here with the RB's.
    2 points
  38. UK is a good team and it’s somewhat depressing to think this is our measuring stick. I’m hoping we are better than what was on display at ECU because we won’t win against UK if we play like that. This is a must if we want to sniff a bowl invite.
    2 points
  39. I have a feeling we will win this game. I hope I’m right.
    2 points
  40. Yep! No reason to be down. We got whipped, but we didn’t quit. Stupid mistakes cost us, but they were bigger, faster, and more talented. It won’t be that way for long.
    2 points
  41. Smart move she is a proven winner and worth every penny, Cannot say that about anyone else here at SC
    1 point
  42. SOUTH CAROLINA AT KENTUCKY Gamecock Fanatics Official Game Thread GAME DATE AND TIME: Saturday, Sept. 25th 7:00 P.M. LOCATION: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C. VIDEO BROADCAST: AUDIO BROADCAST: 107.5 The Game LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast Columbia, S.C. - The South Carolina Gamecocks Football team returns to the friendly confines of Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time since the season opener to take on SEC East Division Rivals Kentucky tonight (Saturday). The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in front of what is expected to be a sellout home crowd. The Gamecocks (2-1, 0-1) are looking also to rebound from their first loss of the season 40-13 to SEC East foe Georgia in Athens. Kentucky (3-0, 1-0) come into tonight's game off of a fiercely contested 28-23 win over FCS Chattanooga in Lexington, KY. Tonight's game will be the Wildcats' first road game of the season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 - Brian Custer will call the action for the deuce. He will be joined in the booth by Kelly Stouffer. Lauren Sisler will patrol the sidelines. The familiar voices of Carolina Hall of Famers Todd Ellis and Tommy Suggs handle the call for the Gamecock Radio Network with Jamar Nesbit on the sidelines. CAROLINA VS. KENTUCKY: This is the 33rd meeting between the Gamecocks and Wildcats in a series that dates back to 1937. Carolina leads the all-time series 18-13-1, including a 9-5-1 advantage in Columbia. The teams played just three times (1937, 1978 and 1981) before Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. Since then, they have met every year. Since joining the SEC, the Gamecocks own a 17-12 record against UK, including wins in 14 of the 21 meetings in this century. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Due to COVID altering the schedule, the Gamecocks and Wildcats did not meet until the final regular season game of the 2020 season, a Dec. 5 contest in Lexington. Kentucky posted a 41-18 win over Carolina that night, the largest margin of victory for the Cats in 32 meetings with the Gamecocks. Both teams moved the ball effectively on the ground, with South Carolina rushing for 297 yards, behind Kevin Harris's 210 yards on 21 carries. Kentucky countered with 291 rushing yards as Chris Rodriguez Jr. and A.J. Rose each went over the century mark. Luke Doty, making just his second career start at quarterback, completed 11-of-25 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown and an interception. THE LAST TIME THEY MET HERE: Tavien Feaster (107) and Rico Dowdle (102) combined for 209 rushing yards, nearly matching Kentucky's entire offensive output of 212 yards, as the Gamecocks rolled to an easy 24-7 win in Columbia on Sept. 28, 2019. Feaster scored twice and Dowdle once as the Gamecocks rolled up 387 yards in the win. The Carolina defense pitched a shutout until Kentucky finally got on the board with just 2:32 left in the contest. The seven points was the fewest the Wildcats had scored against the Gamecocks since being held to three points in the 2011 contest. The Carolina win snapped a five-game losing streak in the all-time series. A GAME OF RUNS: South Carolina won 10-straight games over Kentucky from 2000-2009, and 13-of-14 from 2000-2013. Since then, the Wildcats posted five-straight wins from 2014-18 and have won six of the last seven overall. OLD FRIEND ALERT: Kentucky offensive line coach Eric Wolford, has logged two stints on the South Carolina coaching staff. Wolf served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach under Steve Spurrier during the 2009 season, then returned to Columbia for four seasons (2017-20) as the offensive line coach under Will Muschamp.
    1 point
  43. Pfizer states that data from trial of 5-11 year olds show vaccine to be safe and effective. Plans to submit to FDA 'soon' for Emergency Use Authorization.
    1 point
  44. With game three showing up in the lost column, how did the Gamecocks’ perform vs. Georgia Sept. 19, 2021 Here’s a look at the positives and the negatives for the Gamecocks' in the Gamecocks’ 40-13 loss at Georgia on Saturday. Gamecock Positives: Jaylan Foster: The Gamecock defense simply couldn’t get off the field, the senior safety Foster provided a couple of Gamecock highlights, by intercepting a Stetson Bennett pass in the first half and picking off a JT Daniels pass as well in the third quarter for his second pick in the game. QB Luke Doty: Well the Gamecock fans finely got to see Doty on the field in a blowout loss, but in a bit of good news for the Gamecocks through, Doty made his season debut after missing the first two games of the season with a foot injury. But at the cost of an hand injury to starter Zeb Noland. The sophomore QB completed 13 of 26 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but his offensive line gave him little room to work against Georgia’s ferocious defensive line WR Josh Vann: The senior wide receiver has been the Gamecocks most dependable receiver this season. He brought in a 61-yard pass by Noland on the first drive of the game that set up a field goal, and he nearly came down with a similar catch from the arm of Doty before a replay review ruled that the ball touched the ground. Vann lead the Gamecocks in receiving with 128 yards on three catches, adding another nice catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, The only TD for the gamecocks Saturday night.. Gamecock Negatives: Third-down defense: Help in aiding to the secondary’s struggles, the Gamecocks defense struggled to get off the field on third downs, allowing UGA to convert five of seven third-down attempts in the first half along. Finished the night 8 of 12 attempts overall. The secondary: DC Clayton White has said that mistakes by the secondary result in points on the scoreboard, and that was certainly what happens Saturday night. Daniels had little issue moving the ball, routinely finding the soft spots in the Gamecocks zone coverage. Two times a Bulldogs receiver blew by a Gamecock defensive back for long touchdowns. Jermaine Burton ran by Cam Smith for a 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Adonai Mitchell burned Darius Rush for a 38-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter both times the receivers was wide open. Offensive line: Worst of all and most disappointing was offensive line play all night long penalties’ and confusion not able to open any lanes for the running backs while facing an elite defensive line anchored by Jordan Davis, the Gamecocks struggled to keep pressure off Noland and Doty and especially struggled to open running lanes in the first half (13 carries for nine yards). Constantly under pressure, Doty used his legs to escape the pocket but had little time to complete his throws and was sacked twice including a second-half strip sack that resulted in a fumble. Injuries bug hits: The Gamecocks were bruised and battered early in the contest. Starting LB Sherrod Greene went down with a leg injury in Georgia’s opening offensive drive and had to be carted off the field, with Gamecocks teammates gathered around him to offer support. Noland played just one drive and attempted only two passes before a teammate stepped on his hand and forced him into the locker room, prompting Doty’s entrance into the game.
    1 point
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