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  1. 4 points
    Rocker hasn't been anywhere for more than two years for over a decade...with a number of one and outs mixed in over his entire career...him moving on without accomplishing much is who he is...make no mistake...he was a great player...but coach? BTW...his departure from Georgia was a weird one where he was actually fired then required to sign a NDA to keep the details of that firing secret. Rocker refused to comment and the only reason we know this is because of a freedom of information claim that produced the letter of termination that was personally hand delivered to Rocker himself. He is more than welcome to go join Bobo and the rest of the Auburn clan...think about this...we were so bad we fired our coach in the middle of the season...one of the only teams we beat was All-barn...now they're rebuilding themselves in our failed image...or with coaches that were either fired from somewhere else or on staff for the 2-8 Gamecocks...whose only two wins were over their new DC and Auburn itself...its weird but anyone who wants to jump ship now can get to stepping. I was a Gamecock fan long before any of these clowns came on board and will be long after any of them have left. If history is any indication Rocker will be gone in another two years anyway...and I'll still be nothing but Garnet and Black!
  2. 3 points
    You are really just a liar. Someone mentioned businesses being hurt and you brought up 2 large national companies not leaving as if to say everything is fine. I never once said anything about major businesses leaving nor did anyone else (other than you) . Businesses have been impacted and hurt by this, hence the lawsuits. Just stop already you are making yourself look foolish. Only you could think an entire area under this type of situation only suffers a couple of broken windows. Not "cool" with what happened in Washington, but please quit trying to change with subject and stick to the fact that you decided major corporations not pulling out of town, means no business was really hurt by this nonsense.
  3. 3 points
    There’s a lot going on for South Carolina’s Shane Beamer as he navigates being a head coach for the first time, including roster management, coaching hires, working the transfer portal and finishing his first signing class. The Gamecocks this week added national sack leader Jordan Strachan as a transfer from Georgia State, but lost the commitment of Class of 2022 quarterback Gunner Stockton. Strachan is the fourth transfer Beamer has added from the NCAA transfer portal, and 19 of the 25 spots in the 2021 class are filled. Phil Kornblut has hosted the SportsTalk radio show for 36 years and has covered recruiting for The State since 1996. We asked Kornblut for his take on the state of USC recruiting more than a month after Beamer’s hire. The loss of Gunner Stockton’s commitment, while not surprising, still stings. How much of a hit is it? PK: Certainly, it has to hurt. The kid is an absolute talent based on reviews and his career statistics. You just don’t lose five-star talent and not feel it, especially when you’re a talent-starved program like USC. And the PR hit, as it were on social media, bites as well. Just not the kind of issue a new coach wants to deal with. What now with QB recruiting? PK: There are other quarterbacks in the 2022 class, and new quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield has gotten right to work on that list. One that has emerged as a potential target is Sam Horn of Suwanee, Georgia. He’s another highly regarded dual-threat quarterback. Do we expect USC to try and add a handful of new signees in February? What about 2022? PK: Before the staff can really start to focus on the 2022 class, it has to shore up the 2021 group. There is still work to be done there with transfers and junior college targets leading the way. And there are a few high school possibilities as well. All the while, there is groundwork being laid for the 2022 class and several new offers have gone out in recent days. Can you speak to the different recruiting environments that Will Muschamp faced in December 2015 and January 2016 after he was hired — which had no early signing period and no transfer portal — vs. the world Beamer has to navigate now as a first-time head coach? PK: The recruiting world has changed a lot in the last five years. There is true free agency in college sports now. All a coach has to do is open his laptop, tap into the NCAA Transfer Portal, and hundreds of possibilities exist. That easy access to players should be helpful for a first-year head coach like Beamer. He can quickly identify targets, find out who is interested and begin the recruiting process. Filling needs has never been easier.. How much of Shane Beamer’s early tenure is about accentuating the positives and trying to make sure the publicity the program gets is as happy as it can be? PK: Shane Beamer has to be all about selling the positives of his program. You can put lipstick on a pig, and it’s still a pig. But if you constantly push the positive narrative, and can sell it, eventually it begins to take hold. People start to view things in a more positive light. You just have to be careful not to mislead. Trust is very important at this stage of rebuilding a program. Not to give away your age, ahem, but you’ve seen a handful of South Carolina football coaching changes in your day. How is Beamer doing so far, especially as it relates to setting up the program for some recruiting success? PK: Beamer is saying all the right things thus far. He has been praiseworthy of people, and he’s avoided direct criticism of some people who may have disappointed him. He has been emphasizing the positives he has inherited at USC, and he has spoken highly of the players. He’s got to build that family unit inside the building, and playing up the “want to be here” card is a good way to start. He no doubt is working as hard as he can when it comes to recruiting, and that will put him in position for some successes there. But eventually he’s got to be able to show recruits the final product, and the success on the field will drive the majority of the recruiting success. Have you ever seen as many bumps and roadblocks when it comes to filling the coaching staff? And how does this manifest itself on the recruiting trail, if at all? PK: Coaches bolting when a new regime enters is not unusual at all. Neither are brief stays. John Latina and Brian VanGorder are just two examples of assistants hired by USC who didn’t stay long enough for their coffee to cool. Assistant coaches are, to an extent, mercenaries and always looking for the next best place. And you can’t blame them. They are, after all, trying to take care of their family. They also know then can be fired at any time, so loyalty doesn’t run all that deep. The bottom line for Beamer is, he lost Mike Bobo — and by connection Will Friend — to a higher bidder. And he lost Tracy Rocker to his alma mater. But he also took coaches from other programs who probably didn’t want to lose their guys. It goes both ways. What is a new coach’s message to recruits? How does a Year 1 coach sell the program perhaps in a way that someone in his third or fourth year on the job would not? PK: The first thing the new USC coaches can sell is opportunity. If you are a big-time prospect, good enough to play in the SEC, and you can’t see a chance to play early for a 2-8 team then you’re not looking closely enough. There is the league and the facilities and the academics, but everyone can sell that. What the new coaches have to sell is Beamer. Why is he different? Why do you want to play for him? Why is what he is going to build special and for a lifetime? Beamer is the name and face of the program, and they have to convince recruits that he is somehow different from all the others who are in their ear.
  4. 3 points
  5. 3 points
    Agree, watching us play football under Muschamp was the sports equivalent of a root canal.
  6. 3 points
    This may be perceived as a bad thing from the outside, but I look at it as a good thing, just more taking out the trash. I am fully confident the Coach Beamer will replace him with an upgrade.
  7. 3 points
    Because one of our wins was over them?
  8. 3 points
    Just one more opportunity to improve the staff IMO.
  9. 3 points
    Not unexpected at all, but my dislike for Bobo grows.
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    Oh wow, yeah that was awesome. Me, my son, my brother, and his son all got tickets for the game for Christmas presents. I remember it was cold as crap. We went to Ybor City the night before the game and only drank a couple of beers because it was so cold. When it was time for the parade we gathered outside to watch and as our band passed by the Ohio State fans started chanting "high school ba-aand." Our seats were in the end zone next to the section where the OSU sections were starting. As the game was winding down late in the 4th quarter someone started up a chant of our own..."high school tee-eam!" The looks on the OSU fans faces was priceless. They were so smug and condescending the night before. The icing on the cake was when we left Tampa and finally got back on I-95 we stopped for gas and there were some VT fans at the pump next to us. They had just beat the taters in the IIRC Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. There were GC, VT, OSU, and tater vehicles everywhere. We congratulated each other on our respective victories and my son quickly got the idea to see if the VT fans would like to trade one of their VT car flags for one of our GC car flags. They thought this was an excellent idea and the swap was made. We had a great time waving to tater fans all the way back to Columbia sporting one GC flag and one VT flag. Got flipped off a couple of times. lol Good times.
  12. 3 points
    As far as I can find on the internet there doesn't seem to be a better Special Teams coach in football...super hire...'Beamer Ball' is a very real thing and making special teams a priority on this level is proof of it...great hire
  13. 3 points
    Lots of negativity on the big boards. That's why when Swayin' was running OOTS (Order of the Spur) it was great. This board is very similar to OOTS. And for my personal sanity, I let go of the frustration and anger in Gamecock sports, especially football years ago. I still have relapses, but they are less! I can't pin my happiness in life on sports, especially 18-22 year old kids. Hopefully Beamer gets it turned around and we are competitive in the next few years.
  14. 3 points
    Credit to writer, not me TWAS THE NIGHT BRFORE CHRISTMAS 2020 Twas the night before Christmas 2020 and all through the house Every creature was stirring, from humans to mouse The stockings were tossed on the chimney, who cares It's been months since we entertained, would Saint Nick even dare The children were nestled all snug in their in beds As visions of rubber gloves danced in their heads And Mama in her gaiter and me in my mask Had just settled our brains for a long cleaning task When out on the roof there arose such a clatter I sprang from mt mop to see what was the matter Away to the window I flew like a flash I peeked through the shutter, barely touching the sash The moon on the breast of the new snow Gave me faith that someday we'd have somewhere to go When, what to my wondering eyes should appear But a miniature sleigh and eight spotless reindeer With a little old driver decked out in full gear I knew in a moment we'd have Christmas this year! More safely than Hazmat the reindeer came And he whistled and shouted and called them by name Now Clorox! Now Pine-Sol! Now Lysol and Purex! On Comet! On Purell! On Top Job and Germ-X! Wipe the top of the porch! Then to the top of the wall! Now wipe away! Wipe away! Wipe away all! As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly When they finished and then took a jump to the sky So up to the housetop the reindeer they flew Which a sleigh full of masks and Saint Nicholas too! And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof The pawing of each little rubber gloved hoof As I pulled up my mask and was turning around Down the chimney a big bucked came with a bound! It was covered in plastic from bottom to top And the contents were sterile, despite the long drop I missed seeing his eyes and his dimples so merry But the virus prevents that, these times are scary I imagined his face and his little round belly That shook when he laughed like a hand sanitizer jelly But I saw him outside, though, as he stood near his sleigh And I laughed when I saw him from six feet away And laying a finger aside his mask The reindeer rose up, they had finished their task He waved to me then to his team gave a shout and socially distancing, quickly flew out But I heard him proclaim as he drove out of sight, Merry Christmas to all, we will be all right!
  15. 2 points
    Will Muschamp sitting on a bench in Savannah telling a woman waiting on a bus his life story: "Since I had a gazillion dollars, I coached those DB's for free."
  16. 2 points
    This is a glorious read. https://www.thebiglead.com/posts/dabo-swinney-ohio-state-ranking-01ev1p01c9rs
  17. 2 points
    This was fairly predictable. He played at Georgia and he is good friends with Kirby Smart. Will is not a bad guy. He's just not a good head coach. I wish him well. My hope is he'll have the same level of success with Georgia's defense that he had with ours (wink, wink).
  18. 2 points
    Some of y'all have never been able to make a p*ssy explode in your face and it shows.
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  20. 2 points
    Looks like we are making offers for some good talent along with some good programs, but you can’t get them if you don’t offer them. Good for Coach.
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  24. 2 points
    Fair weather fans, sunshine pumpers, negative nellies, the list goes on and on. I will take the position of the comic strip character "Pogo" We have seen the enemy and HE is US!
  25. 2 points
    Shane was asked specifically at the last presser if he thought his staff was set - in terms of folks leaving. He obviously had sat down with all of them and asked them this specific question, and he stood up for the guys who were still here. For Rocker to flee in the middle of the night like the Browns leaving Cleveland has to royally piss him off, based on how much he puts into loyalty as an ingredient he seeks. All that being said, huge upgrade opportunity ahead ... can anyone point to our DL last year and say they were our strength, despite being littered with four and 5-star talent? No. If Tracy Rocker was a water walker, he wouldn't have have 8 jobs in the last 20 years. So let's all raise a middle finger to Allbarn and move on to better days.
  26. 2 points
    Auburn going to be Muschamp-light in terms of coaches now. It will be interesting how they fare and maybe telling if the HC was the issue.
  27. 2 points
    Meh. Rocker had a rep for being both a good recruiter and a good coach - but he had more talent than any position coach on the staff and our D Line was our biggest weak spot last year. I was hoping that it was just taking a little time for the players to learn what he was teaching them, but maybe he just was not teaching them. He is an Aubie guy anyhoo - I think we can find someone better. I just hope that our current players do not jump ship because they lost their position coach,
  28. 2 points
    We would have also accepted: "Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play."
  29. 2 points
    It's strange seeing people who excused rioting for a year suddenly get really upset about rioting. Mature adults know that violence doesn't have any place in politics, but it seems there's a lot of hypocrites around these parts.
  30. 2 points
    Dust your shoes move on. This kid is going to where ever Bobo is. Cool we all knew. Look at this way getting a fresh start all the way around. I am so glad Bobo is gone. To me in long run will be worth it.
  31. 2 points
    I think you made it clear. Most of us went off topic, especially me! I am sure if we lose early and maybe lose big, you will hear people saying, "see, no HC experience, in over his head, he sucks, we should of hired <insert any coach here>" Humans are very impatient, especially today. CSB needs at least 3 years before we truly judge his hire IMO.
  32. 2 points
    that is how it worked for me....I had the second shot around 1130 am Friday...I started feeling kind of crummy/arm soreness around 8 pm that night and slept like crap...I woke up saturday and just felt like I had a nasty hangover and had body aches...I still did my normal routine but felt like crap. I went to bed early on Saturday and when I woke up Sunday it was like nothing had been wrong. My arm soreness was the same at injection site but I only experienced the malaise with the second injection. That being said, I still exercised on Saturday (probably a terrible idea) and I played golf on Friday night on a simulator so I guess I could have taken it much easier!
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    Imagine spending the better part of the last five years having your brain fried by fascist political propaganda, flying to the Capital to hear Trump bitch about Oprah and Mike Pence, having him and his son and his crazy ass lawyer spin you into marching up to "siege the Hill" and " stop the steal". You get in, smash some stuff and pee on Nancy's toilet seat then wander around aimlessly for a few hours. Upon returning home you hear the Biden won anyway and see a video of your god-emperor calling your acts heinous and begging for Zuck to let him tweet again. Your favorite right wing media site AmericanPatroitEagleDefender of the West has posted your pictures calling you a "gay antifa crisis actor" and you can't leave DC because the airlines have labeled you a terrorist threat and you can't stay because the cops are after you because one of their own just died. You can't sleep because your roommate at the only motel that will let you stay wants to show you his goblin slayer torrents and viking helmet. The sun is setting and its getting cold.
  35. 2 points
    I can't stand going to other sites and reading the constant negativity and bashing. I come here to have something to enjoy and be a distraction from the world going crazy. That's also why I stay off the view point forum. I have really enjoyed the coaching threads and hearing the opinions of others without having to insult the coaches and talk badly about everyone else's mother.
  36. 2 points
    We dumped some trash and saved ourselves a huge headache in the future.
  37. 2 points
    If this was my board this forum would be the first thing I'd axe, to be honest. I view this board as a refuge from places like Facebook, where all people do is argue. This board is in theory supposed to bring us together to talk Gamecocks, and this forum does the exact opposite of that. JMO.
  38. 2 points
    I guess Creminsed is only for basketball coaches
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    You stay on this PF forum 24 x 7 because you are unhappy and get off on attacking others. You're a fucking sad individual. I am saying there is another group out there in addition to the Left and Right who only care about watching shit burn. They don't care about the Left or Right. You don't see the forest for the trees and you're smart enough to know better. Stop acting like a 3-time Loser.
  41. 2 points
    he should have made a stop at USCw on the way for safety reasons
  42. 2 points
    Now that they have the majority, it's only a matter of time before they drop Biden, no need for a "moderate" now.
  43. 2 points
    Sure they do. It gives more power to their bought and paid for boy Biden.
  44. 2 points
    From what I am seeing on Twitter, Razorback fans have nothing but great things to say about Stepp and upset he's leaving, although most are gracious enough to understand he's going home. It's always a good sign when you hire away a coach and their fan base has nothing but good things to say.
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    LINK VIDEOS New University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Shane Beamer officially unveiled the first seven members of his staff Monday morning to the media, a group which includes four holdovers from Will Muschamp's staff as well as a trio of new faces. Formally introduced for the first time were Erik Kimrey (tight ends), Will Friend (OL) and Pete Lembo (associate head coach/special teams), along with the announcement of the retention of Mike Bobo (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Des Kitchings (RBs), Tracey Rocker (DL) and Mike Peterson (OLBs). Connor Shaw will also remain on staff in an off-the-field role that is still being developed. Beamer said that he hopes to fill the final positions on his staff -- the defensive coordinator, cornerbacks coach, wide receivers coach, and the strength and conditioning coach -- very soon, and that all the top candidates for those spots are still very much in play. "Filling our positions while a season was still under way was a challenge, no question about it," Beamer said, adding that his 7-year-old was wondering why his father hadn't added Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney to the staff yet as well. Beamer took time to comment on each of the four holdovers and why he had made the call to keep them. Mike Bobo "It's rare to find a proven SEC coordinator with a track record of success like Mike has. They are few and far between. My dad almost hired Mike at VPI - we sent a plane down to Athens to pick him up and he just never got onto it. Even if he had not already been in this building, he probably would have been my first call." "Even with no spring ball and all the restrictions due to COVID, he did a great job last season, and we're excited to begin to implement some of the cutting-edge schemes we ran at Oklahoma into the run and pass game here at Carolina." Des Kitchings "I ran into Des on the recruiting trail when I was at Georgia. He's a great coach, a great recruiter, and I've just been blown away by him and what he is about. Des is in on the recruiting of virtually every player I have asked about, and he is so well thought of." Tracy Rocker "Tracy and I spent a year together at Georgia. He is loyal and demanding, a great technician. He has coached and played at the highest levels. After it was announced that Tracy was returning, I got a text from Sylvester Croom congratulating me on making a great hire and that it was a great decision, so we are thrilled." Mike Peterson "Mike was only one the four that I had never had a working relationship with, and I wanted to talk to him and see the fit for our staff - and it quickly became obvious that we needed to keep him." Connor Shaw "I met with Connor and told him under no circumstances was I letting him leave this building. We are still working through the specifics, but he will be in mostly the same role he was in before, but will be a little more involved with the football and recruiting side of things." Beamer then broke down the reason behind the hires of each of the three new staff members, and each new staffer introduced themselves to the media and fielded questions via Zoom. Pete Lembo "Ask any coach in America who the best special teams coaches are in the country, and Pete would be the first or second person they mentioned. If I hadn't been able to get Pete, I would probably have just coached them myself and saved the staff position for elsewhere," Beamer said. Lembo comes to USC from Memphis, which finished an 8-3 season on Dec. 23 with a victory over Florida Atlantic in the Montgomery Bowl. "This is a special opportunity ... an opportunity to challenge myself in the greatest conference in college football. (Coach Beamer) is is confident, well prepared, and will excel as a head coach, and my family and I are very happy to return to an area that we are very familiar with after my time at Elon," Lembo said. Lembo said his job will be to build a relationship with every player on the roster, and that if he is doing his job well, each of these players will develop into a better player and make the special teams unit greater than the sum of its parts. "I've been doing this for 28 years, and I figured out early that the way I could make an impact on every player on the team was through Special Teams. My system is simple, easy to learn, and efficient - I feel like I have gotten a PhD in football these last five years (at Rice and then Memphis)," he said. When asked about a successful onside kick to start the game in 2011 against Oklahoma when he was the head coach at Ball State, Lembo said such decisions are only made after film study and lengthy preparation process. "It could be lining up a certain player on their left tackle in punt coverage, or calling a fake. But these only come from a strategic and thoughtful process," he said. Will Friend "I moved into Will's old house when I joined the staff at Georgia. Jeremy Pruitt was right across the street and Mike Bobo was right around the corner. In fact, Will was part of the package with Mike Bobo to come to VPI, so I almost got to work with him there," said Beamer. "Mike's best years at Georgia were with Will as his OL coach. I reached out to several former players from Georgia to ask about him as well." Friend comes to Carolina from the same position at the University of Tennessee. "Why USC? I know Coach Beamer some, and it was an opportunity to get back to work with Mike (Bobo)," Friend said. "Coach Bobo is one of the best playcallers in the country and I've been with him for 12 years. There's nobody better, and my comfort level with him is high." "I also remember what it's like to play at Williams-Brice. I remember 2012 (a 35-7 whipping of the Georgia Bulldogs) and frankly I've never experienced anything like it," he said. Friend said his vision for the offensive line was simple. "It starts with physicality and leadership," he said. Friend said the best OL units have players loaded with what he called "the intangibles." "It's all about toughness and want-to," he said. Erik Kimrey "Erik loves Carolina. As for high school coaches who have made the jump to college, he is extraordinarily qualified and is prepared to be successful," said Beamer. Kimrey, a third-generation Gamecock, said he and his family would have been happy to finish out his career as the high school coach at Hammond and that there was only one place he would have considered to jump into the college game - his alma mater. "I am beyond grateful for this opportunity," he said, and thanked Brad Scott for convincing him to walk on at Carolina and Lou and Skip Holtz for the tutelage and impact on him as a player and then as a coach. "Besides my dad, Skip may be the single most influential person on my career," he said. He also thanked all the state high school football coaches and said he would always be there for them. "Most of all I want to thank Shane Beamer," he said. "I see in him a man of passion and authenticity. I have never heard a single bad word said of him from anybody. I'm excited about recruiting and getting the work done." Tidbits: Kimrey said he expected TE Nick Muse to return next season. "We had a great conversation and I feel confident he will be back. He's a great guy and we need him." Beamer said he was looking for a DC who plays multiple scheme types and who would mesh with the rest of the staff from a philosophical standpoint. When asked about resisting the urge to clean house and start fresh, Beamer said, "Every situation is different. we had a heck of an OC here already in the building. He is loyal as all getout, and he wanted to be here." Beamer also added that a pair of SEC head coaches texted him to congratulate him on keeping Bobo. -- Swayin
  47. 2 points
    I agree with you, for sure. Offensive lines are probably the hardest group to judge. I hope he is successful.
  48. 2 points
    The most impressive thing to me: especially once Shi was hurt, opposing defenses knew all we could do was run. And Bobo's playcalling still got us the SEC rushing champ. I mean, there was NEVER a need to not put 8 in the box against us, even when Shi was healthy ... and he still got 1000 yards.
  49. 2 points
    ... our new Head Football Coach and His Family. Welcome to your latest Christmas in Columbia. And to all Gamecock Fanatics Too. Hope Santa brings you all you need.
  50. 2 points
    I am really hoping for an OC that would bring some excitement to the offense. I will be disappointed if they keep Bobo as the head OC

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