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  1. 2 SC lawmakers will file proposal to pay college athletes, following California’s lead Sept. 13, 2019 This week, California’s state legislature became the first one in the United States to pass a controversial proposal allowing college athletes to profit from their fame by earning endorsement money. Two S.C. Democrats want South Carolina’s Legislature to become the second. S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, and Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, told The State Thursday they plan to file a bill similar to California’s SB 206 proposal when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  2. https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1172177212914769920
  3. Tanner warming up to idea of alcohol sales March 22, 2019 At least in December 2018, more than 50 about one-third of all major universities allowed permitted beer sales at their football stadiums, which was up from less than a dozen 10 years ago. The University of South Carolina is not one of those more than 50 schools allowing alcohol sales, and the school doesn’t have the ability to do so, at least to the general public. Southeastern Conference rules prohibit the sale of alcohol to the general public at football games. Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin said at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Fla. last year he doesn’t see alcohol being opened up “anytime soon." (247 SPORTS-READ MORE)
  4. NCAA is really bias tell you did not do a dam thing to Tarholes if anyone deserved was the assholes among other biggies recently that have got off Scott free. The full list of penalties are as follows: A fine of $5,000, plus 1% each of the football and men's basketball budgets. A reduction of two football scholarships during each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. A reduction of one men's basketball scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year. A reduction of four football official visits from the program's four-year average of 40 visits during the 2019-20 academic year. A reduction of two men's basketball official visits from the program's four-year average of 10 visits during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 rolling two-year period. A prohibition of football unofficial visits during one home contest for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. A prohibition of men's basketball unofficial visits during two home contests for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. A reduction of football evaluation days by two in the fall 2019 and 10 in spring 2020. A reduction of men's basketball recruiting-person days by six in the spring of 2020. Three years of probation. A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release. A disassociation of the former tutor. All involved student-athletes must conduct one rules education session on the consequences of academic misconduct. Participation in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals program review and Academic Integrity Assessment process. A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing her must restrict her from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  5. Gamecocks shown a little love in AP Poll release August 20, 2019 The South Carolina football team isn’t in the AP preseason Top-25, but it is getting some votes. USC’s total of 15 votes ranks 10th in the teams receiving votes category. The Gamecocks also picked up some votes in the preseason coaches poll. The Gamecocks will face the top three teams in the preseason poll in Clemson, Georgia and Alabama. The AP’s Ralph Russo wrote: “Texas A&M and South Carolina are the first teams to have preseason Nos. 1-3 on their schedules since Missouri in 1975. Other teams to face preseason Nos. 1-3. Northwestern in 1968. Minnesota in 1972. Only Missouri won any of the games.” Beyond that top three, USC also faces No. 8 Florida and No. 12 Texas A&M. Missouri, which is facing NCAA sanctions, was one spot out of the poll. The last time South Carolina opened the season ranked was 2014, when it was No. 9. Since then, USC has only once appeared in the AP poll, Week 2 of last season, but made several appearances in the College Football Playoff rankings. They opened last season one spot out of the Top 25. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FULL AP PRESEASON POLL:The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly. WEEK 1 Released August 19 RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS 1 Clemson (15-0) 1 ACC 1,540 2 Alabama (14-1) 2 SEC 1,496 3 Georgia (11-3) 7 SEC 1,403 4 Oklahoma (12-2) 4 Big 12 1,331 5 Ohio State (13-1) 3 Big Ten 1,261 6 LSU (10-3) 6 SEC 1,199 7 Michigan (10-3) 14 Big Ten 1,164 8 Florida (10-3) 7 SEC 1,054 9 Notre Dame (12-1) 5 IA Independents 1,044 10 Texas (10-4) 9 Big 12 1,005 11 Oregon (9-4) Pac-12 860 12 Texas A&M (9-4) 16 SEC 852 13 Washington (10-4) 13 Pac-12 786 14 Utah (9-5) Pac-12 772 15 Penn State (9-4) 17 Big Ten 651 16 Auburn (8-5) SEC 578 17 UCF (12-1) 11 American Athletic 410 18 Michigan State (7-6) Big Ten 377 19 Wisconsin (8-5) Big Ten 370 20 Iowa (9-4) 25 Big Ten 330 21 Iowa State (8-5) Big 12 302 22 Syracuse (10-3) 15 ACC 209 23 Washington State (11-2) 10 Pac-12 200 24 Nebraska (4-8) Big Ten 154 25 Stanford (9-4) Pac-12 141 Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1 .auto-style1 { font-size: small; } .auto-style2 { border-collapse: collapse; } .auto-style3 { color: rgb(128, 0, 0); }
  6. Ranking the 25 best facilities in college football July 30, 2019 Gamecocks come in at number: 6. SOUTH CAROLINA Luxurious state-of-the-art spaces that spare no expense. College football's era of facility upgrades breeds extravagance as programs across the country try and impress recruits with the latest bells and whistles, a necessary arm's race to keep up with the elites. Remember when big screen TVs and a PlayStation were a big deal after practice? Now, you're falling behind if you don't have LED sets inside bathrooms and a barber shop within walking distance of the locker room, complete with uniform-cleansing lockers and futuristic upgrades. How do you get current players to stay and future prospects to sign? You bring everything to them. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  7. Shaping up to be interesting. I imagine the NCAA is well within their legal rights to deny membership to programs that don't comply to their rules NCAA says California schools could be banned from championships if bill isn't dropped The NCAA is ratcheting up its opposition to a California bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their own name, image or likeness, beginning in 2023. (FULL ARTICLE)
  8. SB Nation's Steven Godfrey discusses his feature outlining the system that college football boosters abide by to take care of heralded recruits. Read the fascinating story here:
  9. The NCAA is exploring allowing its athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. Ray Tanner is worried about that. “This is a personal opinion but when I see name, image, likeness it makes me feel like it is pay for play,” South Carolina’s athletics director said. “I’m like, ‘This gives me angst.’ ” Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey feels the same way. “My stance hasn’t changed since I testified in the (Ed) O’Bannon case,” Sankey said. “I think the funding and financial support provided to student-athlete is appropriately tied to their educational pursuits. There is a period at the end of that sentence.” Let's hear your thoughts!!
  10. NCAA Football Oversight Committee approves proposal, allowing bowl season to begin Friday Dec. 20, instead of Dec. 21, sources told @Stadium. Earlier start needed this year because of uniqueness of calendar & limited number of weekends in 2019 bowl season compared w/other years.
  11. College football top 25 rankings With spring practice in the books, let's take a look at Dennis Dodd's adjusted top 25 April 29, 2019, |www.cbssports.com Is this on its way to being the best offseason ever for Clemson? The Tigers completed a productive spring. Dabo Swinney signed the largest contract in college football history. The NFL Draft spread the Clemson brand all over the league. The Tigers landed the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2020. Can it get better? You bet. The Tigers end the spring like they ended last season -- on top of the college football world and these top 25 rankings. This run of excellence may just be getting started for Swinney, who is 18 years younger than Nick Saban.The spring did little to narrow the gap between the nation's top two teams. Within that, Clemson may have widened the gap on everyone else. Sure, Alabama isn't going anywhere, but is it possible that Clemson is just getting started? RK TEAMS CHG RCRD 1 Clemson Swinney's salary could buy Bulgaria. Trevor Lawrence is good enough to play in the NFL. Another round of game changers is about to populate the defensive line. It's the best time ever to be a Tiger. -- 15-0 2 Alabama The only sign of offseason weakness has been Saban's new hip. Even then, the football program's official website sent out a tweet showing Saban working (standing up) the day after surgery. Message: Saban and the Tide aren't going anywhere. -- 14-1 3 Georgia How do you wish to think of these Dawgs -- the team that had Bama down by two touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game or the team that was worn down by Texas in the Sugar Bowl? -- 11-3 4 Oklahoma Quarterback U welcomes Jalen Hurts, who showed flashes of improvement in the little time he played as a Bama backup. The defense has to get better under Alex Grinch ... doesn't it? -- 12-2 5 LSU Ed Orgeron seemingly has everything in place to make a run at the SEC West. No Devin White, but quarterback Joe Burrow has his top five receivers back. -- 10-3 6 Ohio State The moment Justin Fields became eligible, the Buckeyes had a chance to repeat as Big Ten champions ... and maybe more. -- 13-1 7 Florida The Gators were one of the most improved teams in the nation (4-7 to 10-3) in Dan Mullen's first season. Emory Jones at quarterback intrigues me ... if he can beat out Feleipe Franks. -- 10-3 8 Texas Is Texas back? When it starts winning championships, which may be this season. Tom Herman has is rolling in Year 3. The defense returns only two starters. -- 10-4 9 Michigan Shea Patterson's final season opens with the return of four offensive line starters. There are massive holes on defense with the loss of Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary and Devin Bush. -- 10-3 10 Oregon The last Pac-12 team to post consecutive top six recruiting classes might have been USC under Pete Carroll. Mario Cristobal is about to do that in 2019-20. -- 9-4 11 Notre Dame For the foreseeable future, the Irish are going to be playoff contenders. Brian Kelly suggested in a Yahoo story he may retire at Notre Dame. For now, the Irish could use more team speed on both sides of the ball. -- 12-1 12 Utah The Utes are the Pac-12 South favorites (maybe more) with key returners at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and cornerback. -- 9-5 13 Wisconsin Call 2018 a hiccup. The Badgers should rebound and win the return of Heisman Trophy-contending tailback Jonathan Taylor. Four starters have to be replaced on the offensive line. This being Wisco, they will. -- 8-5 14 Texas A&M There are others who think this is the Aggies' breakout year. There are too many question marks, plus a brutal schedule (check out November!) to put the Ags in the top 10. Kellen Mond takes on added duties with the loss of single-season rushing leader and all-SEC tailback Trayveon Williams. -- 9-4 15 Washington The Jacob Eason era should pick up where the Jake Browning era ended. The former Georgia quarterback transferred when Jake Fromm began his ascension in 2017. Under Chris Petersen, the Huskies will always be a factor in the Pac-12. -- 10-4 16 UCF Josh Heupel deserves loads of credit for inheriting a winning streak that reached 25 games and managing the program through the gruesome loss of McKenzie Milton. Brandon Wimbush should be a nice replacement as Knights are the Group of Five New Year's Six favorite for third consecutive year. -- 12-1 17 Nebraska How do the Cornhuskers show up in the top 25 after a 4-8 season? Nebraska responded nicely under Scott Frost after an 0-6 start. Quarterback Adrian Martinez should take a giant leap forward. -- 4-8 18 Iowa State The Cyclones lose RB David Montgomery and WR Hakeem Butler, but QB Brock Purdy is set to become a breakout star. Matt Campbell's coaching ability will keep the Clones hovering around the top 25 all season. -- 8-5 19 Army West Point The Black Knights have double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons (21 total). That has never happened at Army. Coach Jeff Monken could write his ticket at a lot of places. He's sticking around to show us that academy football can be top 25 worthy. -- 11-2 20 Penn State The loss of Tommy Stevens to the dreaded transfer portal has to hurt. Stevens was in the running for quarterback job vacated by Trace McSorley. The Nittany Lions have to go to Michigan State and Ohio State. -- 9-4 21 Washington State Gardner Minshew and his mustache are gone. Eastern Washington transfer Gabe Gubrud will be the latest quarterback to become a star under Mike Leach. The Cougars will continue to play quality defense under Tracy Claeys. -- 11-2 22 Auburn Gus Malzahn is back to calling plays, which means the buck stops with him offensively. The Tigers backslid to a 8-5 record in the first season of Gus' seven-year, $49 million contract. Auburn will run the ball with authority while breaking in a new quarterback. -- 8-5 23 Minnesota P.J. Fleck is making real progress in Year 2 with the Gophers. He at least gets the Big Ten culture. Right tackle Daniel Faalee may be the biggest player in college football at 6-foot-9, 400 pounds. -- 7-6 24 Northwestern Clemson QB transfer Hunter Johnson arrives with a chance for the Wildcats to go back-to-back in the Big Ten West. Doubt them at your peril. -- 9-5 25 Iowa Pencil the Hawks in for something like 8-4. They always seem to be hovering around that record each year. In the suddenly formidable Big Ten West, Iowa plays at Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Penn State and Michigan are also on the schedule. -- 9-4
  12. Duke 'looking into' claim Nike paid Zion's mother ESPN COVER STORY Duke athletic director Kevin White said the school is "looking into" attorney Michael Avenatti's allegation that Nike paid Zion Williamson's mother for consulting services while her son was a top high school recruit. Avenatti, who has been charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike, alleged on Twitter on Friday night that Nike paid for "bogus" services in 2016 or 2017 "as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke." In a statement to multiple outlets Saturday, White said Duke would investigate the claim as a compliance matter. We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it. Duke is fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations," White wrote. "Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men's basketball: all recruits and their families are thoroughly vetted by Duke in collaboration with the NCAA through the Eligibility Center's amateurism certification process." In a statement to Yahoo Sports, Nike said it "firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports and won't be commenting further beyond our statement." Avenatti was charged last week in New York with extortion and bank and wire fraud. He was also charged in California with bank and wire fraud in a separate case. He has said he is innocent of the charges against him. Williamson's stepfather, Lee Anderson, coached his stepson's grassroots basketball team, South Carolina Supreme, which was sponsored by Adidas in 2017. Adidas sponsored summer circuit teams organized and coached by other prominent college players' families, including Indiana guard Romeo Langford's father. Similarly, Under Armour sponsored former Kansas star Josh Jackson's mother's program, and Nike sponsored a team directed and coached by former Duke star Marvin Bagley III's father. During an October federal criminal trial in New York, in which three men were convicted for their roles in pay-for-play schemes to send high-profile recruits to Adidas-sponsored schools, one defense attorney attempted to introduce wiretap recordings, in which former Adidas consultant Merl Code and Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend discussed what it would take for Williamson to sign with the Jayhawks. According to a transcript of the call, which was read in court by defense attorney Mark Moore, Townsend told Code, "Hey, but between me and you, you know, [Anderson] asked about some stuff. You know? And I said, 'Well, we'll talk about that after you decide.' "And then Mr. Code says: 'I know what he's asking for,'" Moore continued. "... 'He's asking for opportunities from an occupational prospective. He's asking for money in the pocket. And he's asking for housing for him and the family.' "And they go on to talk. And Mr. Townsend says: 'So I've got to just try to work and figure out a way. Because if that's what it takes to get him for 10 months, we're going to have to do it some way.'" At the time, White said Duke officials didn't believe Williamson's eligibility was in jeopardy. "All Duke student-athletes are subject to a thorough review to ensure their eligibility," White said in a statement. "In men's basketball, for the past several summers, Duke compliance officials, top recruits and their families have engaged in and cooperated fully with the NCAA Eligibility Center's enhanced amateurism certification process. Duke works closely with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference on all compliance and eligibility matters. As we have stated in the past, we have an uncompromising commitment to compliance in athletics."
  13. DOJ just revealed a massive college cheating scandal which involves celebrities and others. What I found interesting is that Mark Riddell, the director of college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy in Bradenton FL, was also charged with taking SAT and ACT exams in the place of students for money. Will be interesting to see if the NCAA investigates all those high profile football recruits at IMG (including Xavier Thomas) who were at the school when the cheating occurred. I always wondered why those top recruits left their homes to attend IMG. Maybe now we know the answer.
  14. Fenno is said to be talking about TCU and Creighton. Nathan Fenno‏ Verified account@nathanfennoTwo new schools have been linked to the college basketball corruption probe, according to a superseding indictment just filed in federal court. The colleges are identified only as being in Nebraska and Texas. LSU also in the wiretaps:A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI between LSU coach Will Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features Wade speaking freely about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of a prospect, Yahoo Sports has learned.On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”There is no elaboration on what the “Smart thing” is. Javonte Smart is currently a freshman guard at LSU and formerly a top-50 recruit from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Dawkins is known to be on FBI wiretaps during the late spring and summer of 2017. ESPN, citing court records, previously reported that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU via Twitter on June 30, 2017.“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment. “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”“OK,” Dawkins said.“Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid,” Wade said.Smart, a guard who is averaging 11.4 points a game for LSU this season, was not considered a one-and-done NBA prospect when he committed to the Tigers.The tape does not reference any specifics about the “offer,” if the particulars of the “offer” violated NCAA rules, if the player and/or his mother ever knew of the “offer” or if anyone accepted whatever the “offer” was.It does not appear from this part of the call that Dawkins had any knowledge of what Wade is describing.Dawkins declined comment Thursday through his attorney, Steve Haney. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva also declined comment Thursday to Yahoo Sports. Calls and text messages to Wade and Melinda Smart, mother of Javonte Smart, were not immediately returned.The tape does suggest the FBI possesses additional evidence and phone conversations that could be entered into evidence in the second trial, which is slated to begin April 22 in New York.It also speaks to the line of aggressive questioning Wade may face if he testifies at that trial – namely explaining, under oath, the specifics in recruiting conversations such as the above.“As many as I can get in the courtroom,” Haney said. “…We are going to pull back the curtains.”The defense will try to show through wiretapped phone calls and direct testimony from college coaches that Dawkins and Code were not attempting to bribe the coaches to gain an inside track on signing their NBA-bound talent. “The second trial will be an argument over the facts of the government’s case, which we dispute,” Haney said on Tuesday. Namely, if Dawkins and Code were attempting to bribe coaches, why wouldn’t the subject have come up on wiretap when they were discussing recruits?Dawkins, a basketball middleman with deep connections to grassroots hoops, and Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, are facing federal bribery charges in that trial. Three co-defendants who worked as assistant college coaches, Tony Bland of USC, Emanuel “Book” Richardson of Arizona and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, have all reached plea agreements in the case.A call between Dawkins and Wade also emerged during the first trial. The two were discussing 2019 recruit Balsa Koprivica, who eventually committed to Florida State.“So you said to me … there was a 2019 kid I wanted to recruit, they can get him to LSU, you would have funded,” Dawkins said to Wade. “Would you want Balsa?”“Oh, the big kid?” Wade said.Dawkins confirmed he was talking about the 7-foot-1 Koprivica.“OK, but there is other [expletive] involved in it,” Wade said. “I have got to shut my door…”After a brief delay, Wade said, “I can get you what you need, but it’s got to work.”At the trial, Gatto’s defense attorney, Casey Donnelly, said the inference was about “money.” On June 21, 2017, during the timeframe of the calls, Koprivica announced on Twitter he had received a scholarship offer from LSU.Wade never denied speaking with Dawkins but told reporters last fall that, “I have never, ever, done any business of any kind with Christian Dawkins.”At the time, Alleva said in a statement that the exchange between Dawkins and Wade was a “snippet of a conversation in an active federal case.” He added that LSU was “ready, as always, to work with the NCAA on this.”Wade, 36, took over at LSU in 2017. He previously coached VCU and Chattanooga. LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranked as high as No. 3 in the country. The Tigers are 25-5, ranked No. 10 in the country and need only to defeat last-place Vanderbilt on Saturday to win their first SEC regular-season title since 2009.https://sports.yahoo.com/exclusive-...-offer-hoops-scandal-middleman-175046487.html
  15. NCAA Reviewing Football Transfer Rules; Hope for Resolution by 2019 Season February 15, 2019 The NCAA reportedly plans to evaluate its transfer guidelines this offseason and will consider making changes to the system that will impact the immediate eligibility of a player who transferred prior to graduating. "We do believe attention on a small number of high-profile requests can skew perceptions of the scope of staff and committee review," Kaity McKittrick, who will be among those involved in the review, said, per ESPN's Dan Murphy. "Each waiver request is reviewed individually, as they each present a unique fact pattern and almost always confidential information about the student." The committee hopes to have a resolution prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic calendar. As Murphy notes, the NCAA loosened up its transfer guidelines in April 2018. The rule change allows players who transfer to gain immediate eligibility if their decision was "due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." Since that rule change, college football has seen a number of high-profile transfers in the last 10 months. Among the players to transfer are Shea Patterson (Ole Miss to Michigan), Justin Fields (Georgia to Ohio State) and Tate Martell (Ohio State to Miami). Both Patterson and Fields were granted a waiver to become immediately eligible. A ruling on Martell has yet to be determined. According to Murphy, a total of 29 FBS players have applied for immediate eligibility since the start of the 2018-19 academic year, with 19 players coming out successful in the matter. That success rate has brought up talk of free agency becoming a reality in modern college football. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney went on the record, per ESPN's David M. Hale, in February 2018 to say that the rule change would lead to "free agency and total chaos." Thomas Mars, who helped Patterson and Fields receive waivers, believes the transfer numbers are a reflection of college coaches, not the system. "If people think the percentage of waivers granted is too high, the number of waivers that have been granted might just be a reflection of how the football coaching staffs are treating their players," Mars said, per Murphy. "It doesn't necessarily mean the NCAA is being too lenient." After seeing how the new rules have been applied for nearly a year now, the NCAA has the opportunity to figure out what the best course of action is moving forward.
  16. 93. Will Muschamp, South Carolina 2017 Final Coach Ranking: 17 2017 Record: 7-6 This was the fun and exciting breakthrough season under Muschamp? Nope. There was no shame in getting rolled by Georgia, the collapse against Florida was miserable, and the 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl was inexcusable. https://collegefootballnews.com/2019...heir-seasons/2 Here are some SEC LY to TY Stoops 75 to 1 Mullen 23 to 6 Orgeron 45 to 7 Mason 111 to 16 Sabin 10 to 21 Fisher 130 to 25 Moorhead N/R to 34 Smart 11 to 46 Odom 62 to 60 Pruitt N/R to 62 Malzahn 28 to 82 Luke 30 to 83 Muschamp 17 to 93 Morris 66 to 119 Dabo 6 to 3
  17. Interesting article about the soaring salaries of asst. coaches. Two things stand out and it likely impacts the potential hiring away of any of the Gamecock coaches. It impacts how many asst coaches are willing to jump at HC jobs due to the pay. It also holds asst coaches in place due to the lucrative pay and guarantees. Travaris is listed at one of the asst coaches making over $1 mil/yr. USA TODAY
  18. I am not much of a Notre Dame follower, but I hope they curb stomp Clemson and get ghetto stomped by Bama. SEC is the best conference, we just get beaten up with our schedules sometimes.
  19. Muschamp wants import something from soccer: red cards, yellow cards … green cards? Sept. 20, 2018 THE STATE The targeting rule in college football brings with it a host of questions, complaints and general confusion. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a common sense solution of sorts. He borrowed part of it from, of all places, soccer. “You know they have in soccer, yellow cards and green cards and all that,” Muschamp said. “Well some of these (targeting calls) aren’t malicious contact. Kick a guy out of the game if it’s malicious contact. But if it’s not malicious contact and you want to give him a 15-yard penalty. That’s fine. But don’t kick a guy out of the game because he’s tackling a guy on our sideline, the guy weighs 220 pounds, bearing down. “That’s what I think.” One can forgive Muschamp that soccer has red and yellow cards, while green cards are an element of the American immigration system. The red and yellow cards denote two different levels of infractions (red cards are instant disqualification, while it takes a pair of yellow cards to get tossed). At the moment, targeting calls cost a team 15 yards and a player two halves of football. Muschamp explained the new rules have changed the way his coaches teach pass rushing and tackling. “You’ve got to lower your targets,” Muschamp said. “Can’t lower them too much, they call that too. But you’ve got to keep the crown of the helmet out of all contact. When you’re talking in terms of protecting a defenseless player, which a quarterback in the pocket is a defenseless player.” This year, USC has only had one player called for targeting – safety Nick Harvey. He was thrown out late in a win against Coastal Carolina and missed the first half against Georgia. But a season ago, there was a run where it seemed as if a defensive back was averaging one nearly every game. Muschamp noted player safety is important, but also empathized with the split-second nature of the plays in question. There are quick movements, offensive players ducking their heads and other realities that go beyond just talking about the plays in abstract. “When you’re rushing the passer, you finally beat the 330 pounder you’ve been head-butting against for four quarters, and you’ve got an opportunity for a sack, but you’ve got to remember to keep your head out of it,” Muschamp said. “It’s very easy to be critical of a guy that doesn’t get his head out of it.”
  20. WEEK 3: Bowl Projections Belk Bowl Saturday, December 29 12:00, ABC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC ACC vs. SEC Projection: NC State vs. South Carolina SEE LIST HERE WEEK 3: Bowl Projections
  21. College Football’s Growing Problem: Empty Seats "Crowds at South Carolina have ebbed in recent years and scanned attendance made up 78% of the Gamecocks’ announced attendance last season. South Carolina held a one-day sale for the season opener against Coastal Carolina: $18.01 per ticket in honor of the school’s founding year. It sold 3,100 of those." “If you’re in the upper deck and buying a ticket for 45 bucks, and the choice is, I can sit on my couch and have a really good view, you might do that,” said Lance Grantham, associate athletic director for ticketing and customer relations. “The [TV] product is just outrageously good.” According to the article USC averaged 61,121 actual fans last year. That's pretty low. Granted there are many factors and Clemson barely did better with 66k. Still though,I thought this was somewhat surprising
  22. Good to know info just in case anyone is interested in early games. Week Zero on Saturday, August 25: Duquesne-UMass,Hawaii-Colorado State,Prairie View A&M-Rice, and Wyoming-New Mexico State.Week 1 on Thursday, August 30:Central Connecticut at Ball StateKennesaw State at Georgia StateNew Mexico State at MinnesotaUCF at UConnMissouri State at Oklahoma StateNorthwestern at PurdueSavannah State at UABSoutheastern Louisiana at ULMWake Forest at TulaneWeber State at UtahNorthwestern State at Texas A&MUC Davis at San Jose StateFriday, Aug. 31, 2018Syracuse at Western MichiganMonmouth at Eastern MichiganArmy at DukeUtah State at Michigan StatePortland State at NevadaSan Diego State at StanfordWKU at WisconsinColorado at Colorado State (in Denver, CO)
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