Here is a article that discusses some of the latest prospects and where things stand....article. no comments
Here is a article that discusses some of the latest prospects and where things stand....article. no comments
Guess who is back with a even bigger afro, no need for a helmet this season no comments
I found the article in The State paper today about the likelihood of USC football tickets increasing to be interesting. I will be the first to say that we need better facilities on campus especially for our "other sports teams." But I find it hard to understand how for the last 5+ years we have set record numbers with gamecock club dues and have "sold out" nearly every game since 1998. Where has this money been going??? Not too mention every year since 1997 there has been a tuition increase (which a portion does go to the athletic dept).....Now do not get me wrong...I will be 'bending over' come June and signing up for season football tickets again and have already signed up for another year of half scholarship gamecock club dues (ouch!).......
My wish is that all this money going into the athletic program will produce three things for 2006-2007......
- USC basketball to win 25 games in 2007...('06 seems out of the question)
- USC football to win 9 games and make a run for the SEC East in '06-'07
- USC Baseball team (which is getting a new stadium in '07) to return to the NCAA tourney in Nebraska for 2006 and 2007
I feel none of this is too much to ask for as a investor and may I mention the staff of this blog does bleed garnet!no comments
Day Date Opponent Site
Thursday August 31 Mississippi State Starkville, Miss.
Saturday September 9 Georgia Columbia, S.C.
Saturday September 16 Wofford Columbia, S.C.
Saturday September 23 Florida Atlantic Columbia, S.C.
Thursday September 28 Auburn Columbia, S.C.
Saturday October 7 Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Saturday October 21 Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday October 28 Tennessee Columbia, S.C.
Saturday November 4 Arkansas Columbia, S.C.
Saturday November 11 Florida Gainesville, Fla.
Saturday November 18 Middle Tennessee State Columbia, S.C.
Saturday November 25 Clemson Clemson, S.C. no comments
On monday Coach Spurrier watched his two best defensive players leave early for the pro's. As well as two other players transfer and a third player become Academically ineligible. Next year might be another rollercoaster of new players and mixed emotions.
Player Pos. Status Comment
- Ko Simpson DB Declaring for NFL draft First-team All-SEC selection at rover in 2005
- Johnathan Joseph DB Declaring for NFL draft Tied for SEC lead with four interceptions
- Dustin Lindsey LB Academically ineligible for 2006 Third on the team with 58 tackles
- Antonio Heffner QB Transferring to Tennessee State Started in 48-7 loss to Auburn
- Albert Ashcraft RB Transferring to Western Carolina Plans to run track
Forget Texas- Southern Cal, lets talk about who is banging Brady Quinn’s sister. Oh yeah that would be the guy that pretty much had a field day against Notre Dame on Monday. A. J. Hawk
I think ABC ended up showing more shots of Laura Quinn in the stands then the actually football game. Is this story really that big a deal?
And the trivia question answer will be posted tomorrow morning, so get your answers in. And Dev you can answer if you want no comments
Article for a phil. newspaper.
Eagles' Sheldon Brown, wife Jenny already planning for life after football
SHELDON BROWN stood outside the Sage Diner on a rainy morning, waiting for his agent to pull up. Just roused from bed, he wore an old black sweat shirt, the hood pulled tight to keep the rain off his head.
Inside, his wife, Jenny, held a table.
Two businessmen walked by outside, did a double take at Sheldon and then sat down inside, at a table alongside Jenny where she easily could hear their conversation.
"I think that's Sheldon Brown outside," the one businessman said.
Incredulous, the other said to his friend. "Do you really think Sheldon Brown would eat here?" he said.
"When Jenny told me that, I couldn't stop laughing," Brown said. "Where else am I going to eat?"
As the Eagles still pick up the shrapnel from the fallout with their former prima donna wide receiver who lived in his requisite $4 million mansion and strutted like the peacock you've come to expect of men who bring home paychecks the rest of us can't fathom, it's important to remember that not everyone who pulls in an NFL salary lives like the Sultan of Brunei and behaves like Paris Hilton.
Some, like Brown, are ordinary folks who just do extraordinary things on Sundays.
Make no mistake, Brown makes a very nice salary - he recently signed a 6-year extension worth a reported $24 million - but the only time you'll find him on the front lawn is when he's shooting baskets in his driveway with neighborhood kids.
He lives quietly, another guy in another house on the block.
And his new home in Marlton, N.J., purchased about a year ago, is certainly good-sized, but it is far from a gilded palace. On a recent tour, Brown had some accoutrements that not all of us can afford - an outdoor kitchen that would make Emeril salivate, a closet the size of a small bedroom - but as he made his way through the house he made it clear that this is the home of a regular guy.
"Isn't this a great vanity?" he said as he peaked around a first-floor bathroom. "We got it at Target."
Next to Bed, Bath & Beyond, it's the Browns' favorite haunt.
"My mother will look at something in our house and be like, 'Oh that is so nice. I wish I could afford something like that,' " Jenny said. "I'm like, 'Mom. We got it at Target. We brought it home in a box and Sheldon put it together.' "
The Browns aren't cheapskates. They're smart.
Wiser than his years, Brown realized as a rookie that the good life he's living now won't be around for a long time. NFL players have a shelf life shorter than a loaf of bread and Brown recognized quickly that living for today means extinguishing tomorrow.
"I'm living for my future," he said. "I know I'm unusual, but I've seen other guys struggle. They never expect the money to stop coming in, and when it does, they can't make it.
"I won't be like that."
Friends from their days at Lewisville High in South Carolina, Jenny and Sheldon Brown have been together forever - "If it wasn't her sitting here, it would be no one," Brown says of his wife.
They struggled as everyone does, eating their fair share of Ramen noodles in college and squeezing every last dollar out of what little budget they could string together.
"I'd go to McDonald's on my way to work and he'd call and say, 'You couldn't eat something at home?' " Jenny said.
Even after Brown was drafted, as a second-round pick, nothing was guaranteed. The couple lived in an apartment for 6 months until they were certain he'd make the Eagles and then spent their first 3 years fixing up an old house.
They sold that in the offseason and once the ink on the new contract dried, went shopping for something new.
When they found the home they eventually purchased - a former model home - they had to be talked up to the asking price.
"Our financial adviser said you probably need to spend a little more to get what you want," said Jenny, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, a boy due in January who will be named Sheldon Dion but will be called Dion, as his dad always wanted to be known.
"I panicked. I didn't think we could afford it."
Lest anyone get the impression that these two are living a thrifty lifestyle on a shoestring budget, there are at least a few stops on the house tour that quickly erase that myth.
For starters, every room - even the master bathroom - has a plasma television hung in a corner.
Baby Dion's room is in the process of being hand painted by local artist Donna Sinno. The room has two bold red and black stripes running around the top border of the wall, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks logo on one wall, the school's USC letters on another and a crib with custom black gingham bedding on the way.
"I always wondered how kids were just raised Carolina fans," Brown said. "Now I understand. My son has no choice."
The real giveaway that this isn't your typical Ozzie and Harriet house is downstairs.
"This is the only room that we really designed, or I designed," Brown said as he walked down the stairs to his basement lair.
It is a sports fan's fantasy. The walls are lined with framed photographs of Brown in his playing days at both South Carolina and with the Eagles.
On one wall, his entire Super Bowl uniform is framed, complete, Brown points out sheepishly, with the dry-cleaning tag on the belt that he forget to remove.
On another are framed and autographed jerseys from Brown's boys, Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent, taken literally after the two played their final Eagles game, grass stains and all.
Tucked into a nicely set up workout room is Brown's locker from South Carolina - saved from the garbage pile when the school was remodeling and stuck in storage until just recently.
And in another space is an in-home theater, complete with 110-inch, drop-down projection screen and 11 comfy suede recliners (each with its own cupholder).
Brown is like a proud kid when he shows off the room, and he's proud of the whole house, as he should be.
This is, after all, his personal castle.
But really Brown is prouder to show what his house isn't. It is not an ode to excessive living or a status symbol to make sure everyone knows he's a Somebody Who is Very Important and Very Rich.
It is by every definition a home, not a house.
"We could have gotten a bigger house and spent all our money on that, but why?" Brown said.
"Who do we have to impress? We're happy the way we live, and we know we'll still be happy in the future."
Nov. 29, 2005
Sidney Rice has played in only 10 games in his collegiate career, and the record books are already bowing under the weight of his success.
So much for the freshman learning curve.
The redshirt freshman receiver for South Carolina hasn't just carved a niche for himself in the Gamecocks' offense - he has established himself as the go-to guy in Steve Spurrier's attack, earning the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year award.
His victory was a narrow one over Northwestern true freshman running back Tyrell Sutton, who led all freshmen in rushing (1,390 yards) and scoring (18 touchdowns). Ultimately the decision went Rice's way because he didn't have the weapons around him that Sutton did and his impact in South Carolina's biggest victories was significant.
Rice led the Southeastern Conference in receiving yards (952) and touchdowns per game (1.2). His 12 receiving TDs set a single-season record for South Carolina. Rice established another Gamecocks record by catching touchdown passes in eight consecutive games. And if that's not enough, Rice is only two touchdowns shy of the national freshman record of 14.
But the evidence of Rice's impact goes well beyond mere stats, as South Carolina has suddenly emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the SEC East. The Gamecocks knocked off then-No. 23 Tennessee in late October for South Carolina's first ever victory at Neyland Stadium. The Gamecocks proceeded to drop then-No. 12 Florida for the first time in more than 65 years two weeks later.
Rice was instrumental in both victories. He caught eight passes for 112 yards and scored both touchdowns in the 16-15 win over the Volunteers, and racked up another 112 receiving yards in the 30-22 win against Florida.
"There were two really big highlights for me this year," Rice told Rivals.com. "The biggest ones were when we beat Florida and when we beat Tennessee. It wasn't as much about any plays that I made or anything like that. It was just the fact that we won those games."
Statistically speaking, the peak of Rice's season came against Vanderbilt. The Commodores, fueled by their own star freshman receiver, were gunning for a shot at postseason play. Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett rose to the occasion, pulling down 16 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Rice made the most of his eight catches by piling up 132 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner.
Not surprisingly, Rice credits much of his success to the head ball coach.
"Coach Spurrier is one of the most truthful guys I have ever been around. He tells you the truth when he thinks you are doing something wrong, and he tells you the truth when he thinks that you are doing something right," Rice told Rivals.com. "Having him around just makes you a better person and a better player."
And though his improvement throughout the season has been quite apparent, Rice isn't ready to rest on his records just yet.
"I look at this as the point that can make or break me. I can either relax and be content with what I have done or I can work even harder and strive to get better. That's what I want to do. I want to just keep getting better at every part of my game." no comments
With their 30-22 win over Florida, the South Carolina Gamecocks are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, as selected by the pollsters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Nov. 12. South Carolina, also the national team of the week just two weeks ago, is the first team to win the award twice in one season since Miami in 2002.
Mike Davis and Daccus Turman each ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Gamecocks (7-3) ended a 14-game losing streak to Florida that dated back to 1939. The win was also South Carolina's fifth straight in SEC play, a school record.
"I love the Gators, I always will," said coach Steve Spurrier after the game. "But I am with South Carolina now."
"I'm just proud of the guys, proud of the way they played," he added.
The other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of Nov. 12: no comments