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

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:05 am

those arrest are true and just happen last year. those are just a few. there are tons more from local ala papers

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:05 am

I’m pretty darn sure that if this happened at UGA the player would not still be a part of the team:
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/16749899/detail.html

DawginLex

August 27th, 2010
10:06 am

10 to 1.

comparing SC players out vs UGA players out.

lucky21

August 27th, 2010
10:06 am

im pretty sure hit and run is a felony

5IML

August 27th, 2010
10:06 am

Please tell,

You’re not being honest with yourself.

Here’s a little exercise:

1. Press “F3″ on your keyboard. This will initiate the quick search function in Windows.
2. In the resulting text box, enter “Saban.”
3. Click the “Next” button. This will find the first mention of Saban on this webpage.

As you will notice, Saban is not mentioned in the article. The first mention of Saban is a negative comment by you (using a different screen name). Jealously is obviously a powerful emotion.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:06 am

A.J. Walker, a walk-on wide receiver at Alabama who played at Huntsville High, was arrested Friday and charged with public intoxication.

The arrest was listed on the Tuscaloosa County sheriff department’s Web site. Walker is being held on $300 bond.

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Walker was a freshman last year and redshirted.

He is the ninth player and third walk-on to be arrested since coach Nick Saban

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:07 am

that was saben 2nd year with ala

Dave

August 27th, 2010
10:07 am

If you guys expect a lot of players to miss the GA game you will be wrong Saunders was the only player who actually had a room by himself and owes much money. This article in the Charleston paper shows this will turn out to be no big deal and it may be none of the SC players will miss the GA game except possibly Saunders. http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/aug/27/possible-violations-by-usc-may-result-in/

hotbobby

August 27th, 2010
10:07 am

I said it last year, and I always got slammed, but I will say it again. Mark Richt must go. The inmates are running the assylum! There is no discipline, no responsibilty, and too much turning the head the other way. How many has this been the last three years, and what has our record been the last two? Anyone see a correlation-a trend developing? Well someone give me the stats of the problems we’ve had compared to the worst school in the states? There cannot be one worse. I think he is a good man, but he can not teach young men the difference in right and wrong, even when his and their futures depend on it! Enough. We are the laughing stock of the state and the country!

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
10:08 am

No…it happened in the summer of 2008. Check the date.

Yep. A complete idiot. There were several that Shula left for Saban. Kicked off immediately too. Not saying there haven’t been any and I’m not saying Bama is lilly white…but for all the bs Saban catches from all of you he has cleaned up Shula’s mess better than expected.

juvenal

August 27th, 2010
10:08 am

based on the reggie bush thing, think be more like 5 years, rather than days, on the UNC thing..

Saban and Meyer envy

August 27th, 2010
10:09 am

I can tell you 90% of the Dawg fans can’t talk about football without trying to put down at least one of the two coaches. So when Gator and Bama fans critize Richt we are now ‘obsessed with him”? Pretty funny I can tell you neither fan base wants Mark Richt to go anywhere…

KR

August 27th, 2010
10:09 am

My first attempt at posting vaporized, so I’ll be a little more brief.

I have yet to find one of my fellow Auburn graduates who believes we should be retroactively awarded anything from 2004. We have moved on and really wish that everyone else would do the same.

Why didn’t South Carolina’s athletic department know where their scholarship players live? Seems like that would be an important piece of information to have, in light of various NCAA investigations at other schools.

Freshmen should not be allowed to speak to the press.

It’s going to be a long week until kickoff…

WAR EAGLE!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:12 am

I’m also pretty sure if the is happened at UGA the player would be suspended for more than just ONE game!!!:

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/23874278/detail.html

And Please tell me Dawg Fans:

No kidding it happened in 2008. Guess what? He played the next year and is STILL on the team!!

Pretty sad

August 27th, 2010
10:12 am

having to dig stuff up about a walk on that doesn’t even dress out….pathetic. I’m sure you will now go dig up stuff on the waterboy…ohhhhh my

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Tide Going Out

August 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Who do you guys think will quit 1st this season, Saban or Meyer? Neither have ever alsted more than 6 years at any school in their careers, so we know both will quit, the only question is who quits 1st, Saban or Meyer? I’m going with Meyer, but Saban could be a surprise winner.

NoGaGator

August 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Gator Mike -

The specious attacks on Meyer (and Saban) are the result of envy.

UF runs a very hard camp. Those of you who have been through a process like this (sports, military and, to an extent, traditional fraternity pledging “back in the day”) can relate to this. One of the objectives is to sublimate the individual “me” to be part of the team. It’s understandable how some highly-rated players just out of high school are a little full of themselves. They also find out quickly that they are no longer dominant at their new level. With the heat, humidity, and everyone banging on each other, tempers flare frequently. As one can imagine, it can be quite a learning process with a lot of bumps along the way.

The new ones will learn and the senior leadership by the players is the best way to do this.

re: Ealey, I hope it’s a minor event with only minor discipline meted out. Questionable time to be out and about tho’.

Let’s just get this season started already.

GO GATORS!!

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
10:14 am

Really? Could you tell me where he is on here please?

http://alabama.rivals.com/croster.asp

Hey KR

August 27th, 2010
10:14 am

You must not go to auburn much…even your coach stated that he really wanted the NC.

SCbetterthanuthink

August 27th, 2010
10:15 am

http://www.heraldonline.com/2010/08/27/2409056/suspensions-could-be-in-players.html Sorry Pups… looks like you’ll have to play us at near full strength (Saunders + one other maybe will miss the game) It’s your turn to lose so this is happening…

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:16 am

hotbobby:

you don’t get out much do ya? Read anything other than the AJC? Please, just once, look at ESPN’s website and tell me about the # of players from other schools getting arrested and suspended. You are a complete moron if you think this only happens at UGA!

collegeballfan

August 27th, 2010
10:16 am

I do not understand the problem at UGA with suspended driver licenses.
No other college in the country has this problem at this magnitude.

The UNC story will get ugly. There are few “academic inquiry” type investigations that end up with a slap on the wrist. This causes games to be forfeited several seasons down the road. The safe bet, if there is a hint of a problem, is for UNC not to play the players in question.
Only when they are 100% sure should the players get on the field.

Spurrier has the right attitude. If they cannot play, then they cannot play. Who is next on the depth chart? He will play.

Gregg T

August 27th, 2010
10:19 am

I’ll tell you why they have suspended licenses, for the same reason my pre-pharmacy, honor student daughter and her roommate did. One had an unpaid speeding ticket that had been forgotten, and one missed the renewal date on a 5 yr. license. They are very smart just not very mature. By the way, you better check up on your own license. You may be surprized.

4th down

August 27th, 2010
10:20 am

At the end of the day a Tech man is nothing but a nerd. And that’s a condition for which there is no remedy, regardless of how quickly one might respond to blog stories.

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:21 am

SCbetterthanuthink:

I’m sure we will have to play you at near full strength. This will get swept under the rug. Also, even if suspensions do get levied, there is NO WAY Spurrier will have any players miss the Georgia game. They will miss the opener and then another OOC game later. Sounds like big time NCAA problems though to me.

fan you are crazy

August 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Owned Tech since the beginning? Umm nice try bud. You run nothing but you’re mouth. 45-42 and more to come!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:22 am

AMEN 4th down!!!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:23 am

wait….isn’t it just 3rd down?

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:23 am

30-24 > 45-42 !!!

Law Dawg really hates Tech

August 27th, 2010
10:26 am

Wow Law Dawg. This article is about UGA but you just had to squeeze one bad Tech egg to make UGA look better. Apples and Oranges son. UGA has way more thugs and trouble makers than Tech ever has or will. Keep on hatin son. Want me to bring out Qunicy Carter and his Cocaine addiction? Want me to bring up Mettenberger? Want me to bring up the five players drinking and driving last month in Athens? I could be here all day and still not finish. Your program is a joke Stop trying to make to make Tech look bad when this article is about another UGA thug.

Law Dawg really hates Tech

August 27th, 2010
10:29 am

45-42 > 30-24!!! THWG

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
10:31 am

how2 fish

UGA being a top school in player arrest is embarrassing

Players dancing on the field in the second quarter when the game is not even close to being over is embarrassing

Players needing motivation to beat FL by changing the uniforms to look like Grambling tells me this coaching staff cannot motivate a team to do anything but must bargain with them to get them to do something

You wont see that under Saban or Meyer

So do us a favor and go learn to fish

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:31 am

Roscoe for President

August 27th, 2010
10:33 am

I couldn’t have said it better.

Big Twen

August 27th, 2010
10:33 am

You put Ohio State in the “Bo” Division???? HAHAHAHAHAHA!…..Why would you then call the other division the “Woody” division? Call it Bo and Joe and you may have something there.

Seriously though. Michigan and Ohio State should be in the same division. Having Michigan/Ohio State and Penn State/Nebraska games on the same “rivalry weekend” would have television networks foaming at the mouth.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
10:34 am

Hahahaha…keep going! There were a couple in 2004 as well! Do you not see a correlation from when Saban took over and cleaned up Shula’s mess to when Bama started really winning?

You just keep on rationalizing and justifying it. Go Dawgs.

KR

August 27th, 2010
10:34 am

I stand by my statement. None of the Auburn grads I HAVE SPOKEN TO want anything to do with a retroactive award.

Our FORMER coach said he wants the National Championship. He’s not an Auburn graduate and no longer employed at Auburn.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:39 am

that one guy was a freshmen.. sabens recruit.

nonsense

August 27th, 2010
10:40 am

Coach Richt, can you please get a couple of your LB’s to escort Mr. Ealey behind the bleachers and beat the hell out of him?? What a complete DA.

dawgster

August 27th, 2010
10:40 am

You Know its funny to hear certain Bama folks bashing Coach Richt…I mean..Wait, i forgot, this is coming from the same type of Bama folks that ran Coach Curry out of town, or wait was that the bricks that were hurled thru his windows…very classy…and by the way this post is in response to Bama fans that want to bash a young man for yes a stupid mistake…There are alot of truly classy Bama fans that are better than this…and yes, dawg fans don’t be so quick to bash a young man, he will be punished appropriately….I agree we need to find a way to prevent some of these vehicle issues, driving on a suspended license, i agree, no excuse, but we can’t lock them up in their rooms, i don’t think…

Chris Lane

August 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Tony, please check out Travis Haney’s better reporting at the Charleston Post and Courier. There are big discrepancies in the facts being reported that would lead to completely different consequences. Not sure who is right, but Haney’s article sounds more grounded in fact, with more inside details than Person’s article. Joe may end up being proven right, but many are beginning to believe he is on a personal vendetta on his way out of town.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:42 am

here is one of sabens players back at LSU

LSU football player arrested on rape charges
By
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – An LSU football player has been booked on charges he raped a woman he met in an Internet chat room, police said Thursday.

Donovan Grayson Jr., 19, surrendered to police after a warrant for his arrest was issued based on the woman’s accusations, LSU police spokesman Capt. Ricky Adams said.

Grayson, who is a linebacker for the Tigers, met the unidentified woman in a chat room Thursday night, according to the warrant.

She then drove to his apartment, where she said Grayson led her to his bedroom and locked the door and raped her after she repeatedly told him no.

The woman told police she did not call for help because she feared he would hurt her.

Adams said Grayson “disputes her version of the events” and that the investigation is ongoing.

LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said LSU coach Nick Saban had no comment until he gets more information on the matter. Saban also said he had not made a decision regarding Grayson’s status on the team.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
10:45 am

The bashing comes because everytime Saban farts most of the Dawg fans on here become absoultely indignant and incensed and start up the usual “Bammer’s cheatin’” “Saban’s an evil, dirty lying snake” bs.

I’m really not sure where all of this hatred comes from, but I gotta believe it’s from the sidewalk fans because Bama and UGA are not and have never been rivals.

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:46 am

BooHoo, did the little Tecies feelings get hurt? You sure can dish it out but you can’t take it back!! All Tech fans are nothing but babies!!!

Athens Mike

August 27th, 2010
10:48 am

You people are all nucking futs.

Classy

August 27th, 2010
10:49 am

LawDawg.You jut summed up what a typical obnoxious uga fan is. Thanks for the confirmation :) Keep on hatin son. UGA is a joke

Alphare

August 27th, 2010
10:50 am

Washaun Ealey won’t play that game for sure.

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Classy, did your feelings get hurt too? Maybe you should stay off the blogs. The hate is reciprical….I’m just shovelin’ back what was slung by the numerous, classless Techies that troll these blogs day after day!!

5IML

August 27th, 2010
10:58 am

Please tell,

I’ve been asking the same question–from wince does all this hate from some UGA fans for Saban (and BAMA) come? I don’t believe they actually hate Saban (or BAMA). I feel they are frustrated with the way things have been going the last few years, and they’re just lashing out. As the current King of the Mountain, Saban (and BAMA) is a natural target.