How many South Carolina players could miss Georgia game?

It’s Friday. The season starts next Thursday and Lord, please let it get here quickly. We have just about talked this sport to death.

Because it’s Friday the floor is open to you on any topic. Keep it clean, of course.  Here are five topics just to get the party started:

1. How many South Carolina players will miss the Georgia game on Sept. 11? It’s a pretty good bet that tight end Weslye Saunders will not play in the opener with Southern Mississippi next Thursday. The NCAA has had a couple of prayer meetings (that’s Southern for “serious conversations”) with young Weslye over several issues.

Now, thanks to some good reporting by Joe Person of The State newspaper in Columbia, we learn that a bunch of Gamecocks have been living in a local hotel.

Nothing wrong with that because they get a $500 monthly allowance to live where they want. The problem is that the Whitney Hotel is not a Motel 6. It has a limo service and whoever runs the thing was letting the players live there for $450 a month. Person’s reporting revealed that using the lowest possible discount rate the hotel provides, the value of the room was, at a minimum, $1,200 a month.

It won’t shock you to know that there is a rule against that. The standard punishment here is for the players to pay the difference in what they should have paid and what they actually paid PLUS a two-game suspension. That means several South Carolina players could miss the Sept. 11 game with Georgia.

Spurrier won’t make any excuses, he never does. His attitude will be that the players knew the rules and chose not to follow them. They get $500 a month for housing and they made the choice. Spurrier doesn’t believe in baby sitting players and he’s not about to start now. But if this blows up and a season with so much promise goes quickly south, I’m not going to be surprised if he walks away.

2. Some advice to the freshmen at Florida. Don’t mess with Mike Pouncey: This much is clear. Something happened at Florida which caused two of Florida’s “Five Star” recruits–Ronald Powell and Dominique Easley–to miss part of practice on Tuesday. Coach Urban Meyer would not say why. There were reports that the two players were not happy with the way they were being pushed in practice. On Thursday Meyer said everything was “fine.”

At Florida’s media day Easley compared he and a couple of his freshmen teammates to LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat.

That’s just precious. I guess young Mr. Easley feels he and his young teammates have arrived in Gainesville to save the program that has only won 57 games and two national championships in the past five seasons.

All-America offensive lineman Mike Pouncey said that the freshmen need to talk less and play more.

 “At the end of the day the freshmen need to just shut their mouths and just come play,” Pouncey told reporters when asked about the freshman class.  ”They haven’t done nothing on Saturday, and most of the fans don’t even know who they are. Until they prove themselves they just need to sit back and let the older guys play.”

Highly recruited freshmen. Don’t you just love them?

3. Splitting Michigan and Ohio State is a bad idea: There is now talk that the Big Ten might split up Ohio State and Michigan when the conference goes to divisional play in 2011. The thinking is that the two old rivals would play once in the regular season and possibly again for the Big Ten championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. In order to do that the Ohio State-Michigan game would be moved to an earlier spot on the calendar instead of the last game of the regular season.

Bad, bad, idea.

The Big 12 screwed up and did away with the annual Nebraska-Oklahoma game when it went to divisions.  This would be an equally bad mistake. The ACC split of Miami and Florida State thinking they would play for the title. Hasn’t happened yet.

For anybody who cares, this is how I would split up the Big Ten:

BO DIVISION

Ohio State

Michigan

Iowa

Michigan State

Indiana

Purdue

WOODY DIVISION

Penn State

Nebraska

Wisconsin

Illinois

Northwestern

Minnesota

Everybody gets to keep one rivalry game from the other division, just like the SEC.

4. More trouble at North Carolina: The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has always taken a lot of pride in conducting its athletics program the right way. This is where Dean Smith worked, for goodness sakes.

So school officials and alumni can’t be happy today to learn that the NCAA is looking into possible academic misconduct by a number of Tar Heel football players. This comes on top of the NCAA investigation into DT Marvin Austin and possible improper contact with an agent.

Now we have no idea who will be available when North Carolina takes on LSU a week from tomorrow at the Georgia Dome. This was a season with so much promise at North Carolina. Will it now start to unravel?

5. The FWAA strips USC of another championship: Pat Haden, the new athletics director at Southern California, has already sent Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy back to the Heisman Trust. They have stripped photos and references to Bush from Heritage Hall.

USC will return the BCS championship Trophy of 2004 if the appeal of its NCAA sanctions is denied.

Now USC will have to send back another national championship trophy, this one given by the Football Writers Association of American, which has presented the Grantland Rice Trophy since 1956. That organization (of which I am a member and former president) voted to vacate USC’s title but not to award it to another school.

My personal preference would have been to award the trophy to Auburn, which went 13-0, won the SEC championship, but did not get a chance to play for the national championship. Auburn finished No. 2 behind USC in all the polls including the final FWAA vote that season. But I respect the decision of my fellow writers.

Assuming USC’s appeal of its NCAA sanctions will be denied, the Trojans will have been stripped of two national championships (BCS, FWAA). The Associated Press announced earlier this year that USC will be allowed to keep its 2004 title.

 

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396 comments Add your comment

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
9:31 am

Really ATLXMAN…give me some proof. Come on…let’s see it. What shooting? Actually, please find me one arrest in the past two years. How many have you guys had in just the past 6 months?

Another arrest…another rationalization from a UGA fan.

Richt reminds me of Shula so much it’s not even funny. Nice guy, decent recruiter, will pull a couple of 10 win seasons out…but has zero discipline and no player is afraid of getting in trouble under his watch. And just like Shula, he will never take you any farther than you are right now.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:32 am

1 game maybe if that. maybe extra running. this is not like he cheated or stole anything. he hit a car and got scared. this happen to my car before and it will happen again. people do it all the time if they think they can get away without getting in trouble. im sure if it was his car he was driving and that his id was valid he would of stayed.

joe

August 27th, 2010
9:32 am

UGA just added to its lead in the Fulmer cup…who’s next??

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
9:34 am

Grey shirt no more or less than anyone else. Come on How2…I actually thought you were one of the smarter UGA fans. Do your homework instead of blithely believing everything Chip Towers says. Go back and read that blog and take a look at what Tide Rising said. Then come back and give me a reply that’s a little more original.

REALITY

August 27th, 2010
9:34 am

As usual Tech fans are delusional and have NOTHING to back up their talk, other than their 1-8 record vs. UGA, getting owned and embarrassed on national TV in their last 2 bowl games, their wimpy A-She-She schedule, etc etc etc etc etc…

ATL Dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:34 am

It won’t matter how many players south carolina has or doesn’t have for that game. The Dawgs are going to take them apart and beat usc like a rented mule. This Dawg D is loaded—that 3-4 scheme will shut garcia down–they will be lucky to score. Dawgs 33 USC 9

Hollywould

August 27th, 2010
9:34 am

I guess the new slogan is ” We run from the state.” I love it

Tide Going Out

August 27th, 2010
9:35 am

We should have a contest this year, since we know Saban & Meyer will bnoth quit this season, they always do before 6 years, let’s predict who will quit first.

Will it be Nick “I will not be the coach at Alabama” Saban who has quit 13 times in his career, or Urban “I love Utah” Meyer who has quit 7 times. It’s a close race.

I predict Urban “I love Utah” Meyer will quit first. His year will be a nightmare this year, and with his fragile make up, he’ll crack and call a timeout on his career.

GatorFan96

August 27th, 2010
9:36 am

Tony – I would expect better reporting from you. The Florida freshman only compared themselves to Lebron, Wade, and Bosh after a REPORTER asked them something along the lines of “If you three were on the Miami Heat, who would be who?” It was a staged question to them and has now gotten blown out of proportion.

Paul H

August 27th, 2010
9:36 am

Atl Xman – couldn’t have said it better myself. How much hitting and running did our backs do against Tech last year? This just in – King just broke for yet ANOTHER 15 yard run through Tech’s butterlike defense.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
9:37 am

We’ve been hearing Nick will quit from all of you for three years now. In seven or eight years he is actually going to leave or retire and you will finally be able to say “See! I told you!”

Gator Mike

August 27th, 2010
9:38 am

I find it quite amazing that some folks want to berate both Saban and Meyer without any facts. Since Mike Pouncey, a senior who has earned his position, allegedy put a couple of super recruits who may be a tad conceited in their place how is it that Meyer is the focus of this situation. I bet the UGA fans would love to have this type of talent and this sort of simple problem.
Sorry DAWGS, I believe that Powell and Easley will be superstar GATORS once they grow up. Since Puncey has been working at offensive tackle this week, he probably leveled both of them which hurt their egos. Welcome to the SEC guys!

Sorry UGA, Meyer is not going away.

Go GATORS!

Mike

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

August 27th, 2010
9:39 am

I give up on Georgia’s players. They are too many fools on the team, the latest is Ealey.

Here is how the season will go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycbgHM1mI0k

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

St. Richt

August 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Will Ealey put his inmate or booking # on his black eye tape this year? Or “we run from this state’s patrol” ?? No worries Dawg fans, its a half game suspension against Cupcake State as a worst case scenario.

hammerhead

August 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Looks like comments are closed on the Ealey arrest blog – probably a good idea. This one will really put the fanbase on edge. Richt has to send a message to the Georgia ALUMNI and suspend this knucklehead for AT LEAST four games if not the entire season. If he doesn’t gain control of the program, serious problems await.

JYD

August 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Dear TechMan91,

“Mutts and mutt fans, being first gives one superiority over other people, objects and places. The position carries the implication that the particular person being first, when compared to others posting here, has clear and perceivable advantage.”

If you could send me your address, I will gladly send you a cookie for being first on a blog. Wooptie-doo! The only “advantage” you’ve gained with your statement is that you have proven to other readers that you have no class, have no life, and a clear misunderstanding of what is truly important in life to be first in.

“I am a Tech man. A true Tech man. A graduate, not a sidewalk fan. This is what Tech men do. We have the advantage. Learn to live with it. It’s the truth.”

Amen. You are indeed a Tech man and every word you utter further clarifies how little class you and most Tech fans and grads have.

“Now go get your running back out of jail. Pathetic.”

Not much to say on this one because it is of course extremely frustrating. But you know what? Kids make mistakes and stupid decisions all the time. Sometimes they only learn things the hard way and the important thing to note is that he and nobody else were hurt.

I also want to thank you for making my Friday morning that much better after the bad news regarding Washaun. You helped me realize how grateful I am to be a Bulldog through and through.

Good day to you sir and good luck with the rest of your life.

Signed,

A Proud Bulldog

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 27th, 2010
9:43 am

You’ve got to be KIDDING ME!!! Ealey what the hell?? We’re 8 days away and you do this?? I’m figuring at least a 2 game suspension. Get Malcome ready ASAP!!!

JRM

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

I thought CMR was putting some kind of drivers license check policy in?

5IML

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Going Out,

It’s really sad how obsessed some UGA fans are with Saban and Meyer. I can understand the Meyer thing since you play the Gators every year.

Richt is a good coach with a very good overall record. Put your energies into rooting for the Dawgs and worry less about teams you won’t play this year.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

how is that for proof?

Fred

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

I think the little sisters in the SEC keep saying things about Meyer and Saban thinking it will either come true or someone will believe them. Bottom-line those programs are going to stay on top so you keep your stupid inbred thoughts to yourself…

GTJeef

August 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Wow! Atl Xman, I can’t believe you’re trying to rationalize what that scumbag did. “We would all have done the same thing in his shoes”. Um…..negative. I have something called INTEGRITY whichs is something YOU and Ealey obviously don’t have.

Worm

August 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Tony, The North carolina mess is gonna’ be UGLY!..This is just the tip of the iceberg and probably will to the demise of Butch Davis.

Timmy

August 27th, 2010
9:48 am

How does Mark Richt have so many players get arrested(likely most in college football)over last 4 or 5 yrs and never get critized? Also you hear the UGA faithful say crap like the players will become better people playing for Richt??? In jail???

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
9:50 am

“Richt, zero control over his players”?

You haters crack me up. What is CMR suppossed to do? Drive all 100 players to and from everywhere they go? Hold their hand while crossing a street? He will get suspended and will run his butt off after practice. But you know what? Since he plays for UGA, the AJC deems it neccesary to plaster on the top of it’s newspaper. If this happened at Tech, it would be in small print on the last page. If this happened anywhere else (fla, Bama, UT, etc) it would get swept under the rug and no discipline would be taken. I give CMR credit for disciplining his players unlike MOST other schools.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

it was a hit and run in a parking deck for crying out loud. he wasnt even drunk. its really tight in parking deck already and when your driving a long car like the old chevey impala it would be easy to run into something. he messed up by running but im pretty sure he wasnt supposed to be out or something and so he got scared and ran. no big deal. he will have to pay for the damages and he spent time in jail. so i think some extra running on the stadium stairs is good enough and maybe a half a game.i think he learned his lesson.

UGA Prisoners

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

The more appropriate question is, “How many UGA players will miss the SC game”? We run this jail!!!!

DawgByte

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Yeah but remember we all felt Auburn won the SEC simply because of a down SEC year. Oklahoma was likely the better team and since USC is now omitted would have an equal deserving shot. Shoot even Utah that defeated Bama in a bowl game the next year also would be deserving. They proved they can beat a top notch SEC program. Either leave it vacant or make it a trio Championship.

Mike

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Has it gotten so bad for the Dawgs that you have given up hope that “CMR” will revive your team and moved on to hoping Urban Meyer quits? Pretty pathetic.

Congrats on winning the Fulmer Cup. You made it an exciting finish. Way to finish strong.

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
9:53 am

Timmy, Coach Richt is CONSTANTLY being “critized”, as you say. That’s all these anti-UGA people on here do.

UGA Prisoners

August 27th, 2010
9:53 am

Hey UGA fans… how don’t start the “holier than thou” crap. Everyone knows how classless you all are.

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
9:53 am

These players have no respect for authority, that includes coaches and the law

Ealey was told to wait yet he leaves the scene

And we wonder why we cant beat FL nor get over the hump

Richt I would suggest a meeting with your players that this crap will stop today

Because Mcgarity is not Evans, he is not going to put up with losing to FL every year in a beat down and being ranked number not in Football but #1 in player arrests

PhilDawg

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

1. Setting up the Divisions in the Big 10 is tough and the difficulty in doing so affirms the GENIUS of the SEC. The splits, the traditional rivals, the rotation, the early season matchups, preserving tradition (Alabama/UT) all were handled very well by the SEC. They created a template, the Big 10 should follow it. I think I’d swap Penn State and Iowa in you splits above. Ohio State and Michigan is a “yesterday” rivalry, but nostalgia dies hard in the Big 10, just like their Champion in a BCS game.

2. Vacating the National Championship is the right thing to do. A vacancy creates the question – “Who won that year?” Answering the question reminds us why it is vacated. Arbitrarily picking Auburn or any other team just weakens the Mythical National Champion even more. They didn’t appreciate their coach, they weren’t chosen for the game, etc. It’s sad, but it happened.

Please tell me Tide fans

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Why are you so obsessed with coach Richt? You come on these blogs blasting UGA fans for every comment they make about Saban, but read the comments from Bama fans and at least 75% of them have some snide remark about coach Richt in them. You won the NC last year, be proud of that and stop obsessing about our coach over here in Georgia.

DawgByte

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Sounds like Ealey should be dismissed from the team. What character individuals we always seem to get??? Doesn’t anyone teach kids that a: you must have a valid license and b: if you hit someone you must stop and report it. This should be a major felony!!! Ever had someone hit your vehicle and take off. No different than robbing 5 – 10,000 dollars from someone since that is likely what the estimates for repairs will be.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Please tell me Dawg Fans is where I got the grey shirt info http://oversigning.com/testing/ and let me ask you this in honesty to you really think there are no Bama players drinking underage or guilty of moving violations in a automobile ? What should scare you is that none are being reported…none. Do you think that is possible ? And for the record I think Coach Saban is a heck of a coach.

Pathetic

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

ATL XMAN is the best example of why the internet should be abolished.

TechMan91

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

I simply stated a truth and it got folks all in a bundle. My guess is that if there wasn’t truth in what I said it would not have caused so much concern. But deep inside you know the truth and it’s uncomfortable for you. It’s hard for you to deal with. I understand. But that doesn’t make what I said any less true.

I am a Tech man, a proud member of the Tech Family. Like UGA, we have our share of sidewalk fans and while we appreciate their support we do not center our program around them. The Institute is first and foremost for the students and the graduates. We built the Institute into what it is today: the finest engineering program in the US. We deserve its benefits.

Am I elitist? Sure. But we, as members of the Tech Family, have earned that right.

Think about that while you are bailing your players out of Clarke County jail.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:56 am

timmy what is the worse offense that theses guys have done that most of you guys on this blog have done. you just didnt get caught. thses kids made a bad choice and they will have to pay for it. now if they are off robbing stores shooting up cars and selling drugs then by all means kick them off the team. i would have no problem with that. but thses guys are driving on suspended id’s and are crappy drivers. i will take those offenses over the drug selling and shootings.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
9:58 am

Roscoe P. Coltrane because of this we can’t beat UF? Are you on crack UF had a player firing off AK-47 rounds and they beat us..please if you not going to engage your brain DONT engage your fingers…

Dawgy

August 27th, 2010
9:58 am

I wish auburn would stop crying about the stupid 2004 NC. They weren’t even in the championship game! If you pull from USC give it to OK. I guess since their big brother has won a real NC they gotta have one too…

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
9:58 am

dawgbyte..my car got ran into and the guy or gal ran. didnt cost 5k maybe 800 but thats why i have all state.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
9:59 am

TechMan91 what you are is a cut and paste tool.

Cardinal

August 27th, 2010
9:59 am

We built the Institute into what it is today: the finest engineering program in the US.

As a graduate of Stanford, I beg to differ with you on that point. MIT is the ONLY engineering school ahead of us. You can go back to designing toilets now with your GT degree.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
10:00 am

You are referencing a Wordpress blog from a disgruntled Ohio State fan? If I start my own blog will you take that as gospel too? Players have left for many, many reasons if you would take the time to look at why (baseball contract, medical, etc.) and Saban tells the ones that are on the fence that there is a chance they will greyshirt. Can you find a quote from any Bama player that was asked to greyshirt that they were unhappy with it? No.

You, and the rest of the Dawgs on here, will obviously think I am biased…but no I don’t think that stuff is going on now. I think Saban has put the fear of God in these kids not to screw up. If we were getting it “swept under the rug” by University PD or whatever consipiracy you are insinuating…why didn’t that happen under Shula? Bama players were in the news almost daily. See any resemblances?

Timmy

August 27th, 2010
10:00 am

I think you are just a bigger redneck than most on the blog. I really dont know anyone that would take his roommates car hit another and leave the scene. You need a reality check big fella…

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:02 am

Dawg Fud

August 27th, 2010
10:04 am

How many South Carolina players could miss Georgia game?

About the same number of Georgia players who could miss that game.

Maybe Washaun should stay at The Whitney. He could take advantage of the limo service instead of driving.

DawginLex

August 27th, 2010
10:04 am

And Techman adds another comment adding to the hatred for the Tech fanbase that is spread throughout the southeast and up the eastern seaboard.

He admits he is an elitist. Claims it is his right just because he went to Tech.

He is too stupid to argue with.

As one of my Tide brethren says:

“Don’t argue with an idiot, he will take you down to his level and beat you with expereince.”