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

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
10:58 am

Roscoe P. Coltrane that is the best you got ?? Embarrassing lets see Ok is dancing more embarrassing than say having a player roaming around firing his AK-47? Arrests for underage drinking more embarrassing than say stealing a dead girls credit cards? Passing out behind the wheel the week of a BOWL game is less embarrassing than a change of uniform…man you really got me good! Face it I can best you and learn to fish at the same time…LOL!

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
10:59 am

this is a little article about saben after his first year at ala

In his last 46 games as a head coach Nick Saban has a record of 22-24 (.478), and those games were coached at three of the most revered names in the game of football: LSU, the Miami Dolphins, and Alabama. No doubt, Nick Saban is a great recruiter, and he has proven that he can win championships when he has quality assistants calling the plays, but now Saban must prove that he can win football games and championships at place where any random person picked off the street could win football games. Alabama has one of the most storied traditions in college football history, and Paul “Bear” Bryant’s 25 tenure in Tuscaloosa was just one period of a long history of winning football games and National Titles. Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa after a series of coaching moves and personal hires by the administration and Trustees at Alabama that would rival any amount of buffoonery in the history of man. If you had to write a casebook study on how to destroy a football program, your first and last stop would be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the blame for that destruction can be laid right at the feet of the people that were making the head coaching hires. After Gene Stallings retired (more like forced out by the Alabama president and AD) Alabama hired Mike Dubose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Price, and Mike Shula, and the most amazing thing about those coaching hires is that many of the people that made those hires are still working on the payroll at Alabama. Just amazing, but accountability is evidently not something that is important at Alabama, which brings us to one Nick Saban. In 2007 Alabama could have gone down to any barber shop or beauty salon in Tuscaloosa and hired any random customer or hair stylist to be the head coach and that person could have won 7 games last year. What is so remarkable, that when you talk to Alabama fans they talk like Saban actually did something in 2007, but when you take a hard look at the facts Saban actually did less than what any competent high school coach would have done. First, any competent high school coached hired at Alabama after the country club that Mike Shula was running in Tuscaloosa would have tossed the troublemakers and players (our guess between 12 and 20 players should have been sent packing) that didn’t care about winning and started fresh. If Saban had done that he would have won 7 games. He didn’t and he still won 7 games, which is a great lesson for coaches that decide to sacrifice their principles for the sake of winning. With more Alabama players getting arrested and into trouble in the offseason, it is clear that Saban has not gotten through to his team that they are not at Alabama to hang out in bars and to fight cops. In fact, Saban is now in the same position that Phil Fulmer finds himself in that there have been so many off-field incidents, that you really have to wonder if the players respect their head coach and university at all. With that background, Saban is now faced with the very difficult 2008 season.

Bulldawg

August 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Buss:

South Carolina could field their cheerleaders and the game would be close. in the past decade every game has been decided by 7 points or less except 2000 (10-21, L), 2003 (31-7, W), and 2006 (18-0, W). UGA is 7-3 during this time, but has won 4 of these games by 4 points or less.
2009 – 41-37 2008 – 14-7 2007 – 12-16 2006 – 18-0 2005 – 17-15
2004 – 20-16 2003 – 31-7 2002 – 13-7 2001 – 9-14 2000 – 10-21

Great news about Ealey. I no longer give any of them benefit of the doubt. They are all dumb-asses until proven otherwise.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
11:02 am

guess the great saben didnt clean house as well as you thought. this guy said 12 to 20 players should have been kicked off that team that saben never did. your boy saben is not a perfect as you think and i look for him to leave ala in 2 years when the crap hits the fan.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
11:02 am

Good job cut-and-paste master. Now write me a follow-up story. How has Saban done with discipline and winning since then? Is he not afforded one year to try and take stock of the situation and clean up the mess?

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
11:02 am

5IML I agree Saban and Bama catch it right now due to that huge bullseye that goes on your back when you win a NC well and go undefeated 2 years running in the SEC. It’s more envy than hate.

Pago Pago DAWG

August 27th, 2010
11:03 am

Good for Pat Haden at Southern Cal, a man with a back bone.

GT FAN

August 27th, 2010
11:03 am

I guess UGA owns Tech’s rear because of all the practice they get being in jail so much uh???

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
11:06 am

Now comes the “Saban is leaving” and “Bammer’s going down to the NCAA again”. Two more classics. Do you have any original thoughts of your own? Or do you just repeat what the other rednecks say?

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
11:06 am

bulldawgs a win is a win and most of these wins could have been a lot worse if not for some bulldogs mistakes from the offense side of the ball. turnovers and costly penalties. UGA also plays them very early in the season when UGA is still ironing out the kinks. talent is too strong at UGA to not beat these guy 7 out of 10 times. look for another UGA win this year but more like a 26- 10 game

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
11:07 am

its saben MO. just open your eyes feller.

Please tell me Dawg Fans

August 27th, 2010
11:08 am

Thanks. I was blind and now I can see.

Have a good season Dawgs. Roll Tide.

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
11:08 am

Justin:

Attitude checks for prima donnas is not the same thing as not showing respect.
It’s called teaching humility and discipline.
More D-1 programs need more of it.

ATL XMAN

August 27th, 2010
11:10 am

just sit back and watch the saben ship sink after this year. all of shulas players will be gone and saben youngsters will have to step up. and when saben goes 7-5 again look for him to bolt

producewiz

August 27th, 2010
11:19 am

poor Spurrier. tries to treat his players like men, but they can’t handle it. And how about the owner of the hotel? What’s his role in all of this.Probaly ruined Spurrier’s season, and if he’s smart, he’ll walk away. and 12 years at Florida was enough for him. think not

5IML

August 27th, 2010
11:20 am

ATL XMAN is jealous and bitter, for not apparent reason.

Birmingdawg

August 27th, 2010
11:21 am

I hate alabama because they have terrible fans. when they are good, you hear about how great they are and how the omnipotent Saban is the best coach since Bear Bryant. When they are bad you just hear them babble about winning the most championships and how its not right that they got caught cheating again and Tennessee did not.

If you live in alabama it is worse, you cannot escape the “Alabama Fever”, which is a pandemic that leads to constant yelling of “Roll Tide” and my personal favorite “RTR, Baby, RTR”. This occurs in restaurants, Birmingham Barons baseball games (which is a AA team affiliated with the White Sox and has nothing to do with Alabama), and occasionally in business meetings. This is somehow more obnoxious than Auburn fans greeting each other by saying “War Eagle” to each other while shaking hands – despite their mascot being a tiger.

I will admit, before I moved to Birmingham, Alabama was just another team in the SEC, I did not hate them, did not like them. Being Amongst ‘em has changed that.

jim

August 27th, 2010
11:22 am

players need a curfew.then have grad assistant check on them.if not folling suspend them. also need to bring back football dorms.

Pop Warner

August 27th, 2010
11:23 am

Heartiest congradulations to UGA for winning this year’s Fulmer Cup. Best of luck next year.

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
11:23 am

How 2 fish retard

Michael Lemon 2008
Mettan flipping a burger this year
Motez Robinson this year

Assault for the above 3

Not to mention all the other bonehead arrests we have had and lead the nation proudly

Oh and read Bradleys recent article we are number 1 for the fulmer cup

And one more thing, you continue to mention the same arrests over and over, did you forget to mention that same team continues to give us beat downs and plays for championships

The only championship we compete for is the Fulmer cup

Moron

George

August 27th, 2010
11:26 am

This whole Fulmer cup thing is an unspeakable human tragedy.

Big Dawg Daddy

August 27th, 2010
11:27 am

Hey TechMan91 is it true the red panties belonged to your wife?

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
11:28 am

Hey Roscoe:

I know for a fact that Florida has changed their unis more than once for rivalry/big games. Being one-sided and blind to everything else is not a strong trait when arguing a point. It will get you shot down every time!!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
11:29 am

Also,

Isn’t there a call for a “white-out” game at Tech this year? Isn’t that a gimmick? Doesn’t Penn State and others do the same?

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Big Dawg Daddy:

No Tech man has EVER seen women’s panties, let alone red ones.

Bruno Zabrinski

August 27th, 2010
11:31 am

DawginLex..if Techman thinks he and Yech are elites…just remember
this: Tech where some of the men are men and all of the women wanna be!
That’s for sure an Elitist

Bryant

August 27th, 2010
11:35 am

The dog fans like to say they run this state. I am not sure about that but I am relatively certain they run the Clarke county jail. RTR

savannahdawg

August 27th, 2010
11:35 am

How many Georgia players could miss the South Carolina game?

DawginLex

August 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Can't We Just Like Our Teams Without The Insults?

August 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Here is the truth of the matter, the police are the one’s who determine how many players get arrested. The reason you never hear about Alabama players getting arrested is not because they are all saints. The reason is that the police are all a bunch of good old boys. Nick Saban has them in his back pocket just like the rest of the state of Alabama. I guarantee that anytime a Alabama player gets in trouble, Saban is the first person notified. The punishment is dealt with internally, and the media never catches wind of the story or just buries the story. At UGA, we have an overzealous jackass for a police chief, Jimmy Williamson. He instructs his officers to arrest every person possible to raise revenue and keep his name in the paper. The first person notified when a player is arrested is that moron Mark Bradley. He gets to smear the team he hates the most and Williamson gets to puff out his chest a little more. Of course, this does not justify the stupidity of Ealey. I think a one game suspension and a whole lot of running is in order.

UGA Prisoners

August 27th, 2010
11:36 am

LAWDawg, I assume you received a law degree from UGA…I guess that explains why you are such an idiot.

North-Ave bus stop

August 27th, 2010
11:39 am

So, the title on tony’s blog to day is:

“How many South Carolina players could miss Georgia game?”

And yet the big sports news today is Washin Ealys arrest.

Too much irony here.

my dixie wrecked

August 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Ok Mark Richt, make all of your players go down to the local state patrol office and get a copy of their MVR and bring it to you. Post on a wall all who have suspended licenses so that peer pressure will keep the dumbasses off the road until they get their license reinstated. Its so simple.

DOG SHAME

August 27th, 2010
11:43 am

so why is the kid still in jail? Has anyone called Richt over at the tanning salon?

The kid wasn’t drinking, whew hoo, time to celebrate and party in the U G A

Santa Cruz CA Bulldog

August 27th, 2010
11:45 am

These young people just continue to screw up.
They are great athletes, but maybe they are given to much attention, for their own good.
It would be a much better country if we could return some family and school discipline and also some respect for adults; back into our young people.
To many parents/adults just want to be these kids friends and not their disciplinarians.

Munson

August 27th, 2010
11:52 am

“Or do you just repeat what the other rednecks say?”

I just love it when one SEC fan refers to another SEC school’s fans as rednecks. Pot meet kettle, or redneck meet redneck!

Seriously, is there a single SEC school that does not have redneck fans?

You are quoting Joe Person? Idiot.

August 27th, 2010
11:52 am

Anyone know if Ealy is going to be suspended for the SC/UGA game? Seems like He was arrested for HIT AND RUN and DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE. You should probably write about that and how it will probably be swept under the rug like most UGA incidents. I’m going out on a limb and based on Richt ethics, I’m saying 100% he will be playing.

Psst….Barhart, the rates of $1,200 for the Whitney are not for 1 bedroom rooms you moron. It was a standard rate for a 2 bedroom. Extended stay rates are right at $450 to $500 a person which is exactly what the lease contract was written for and approved by the compliance office. The issue is that we have have dumbasses on our team that are late in paying rent.

The problem here is you are quoting Joe Person. If you are quoting someone like Joe Person and his non factual articles, you need to be fired from the AJC…..which is exactly what happened to Joe Person who is no longer with “The State” newspaper.

UGA Insider

August 27th, 2010
11:55 am

My day has been ruined because as you know Tony I have been calling for Ealey to be in The Heisman running by mid October. However, I’m afraid he is looking at a 6 game minimum suspension here. There are also reports he missed a previous court date for a ticket. Ealey will not be present for USC which means major trouble for my Dawgs. We are now 2 injuries away from playing 2 true freshman at RB and QB. If you are a major rb high school prospect why in the hell are you not signing with UGA after looking at our depth chart??

Birmingdawg

August 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Also, Alabama really made the UGA radar in the last 10 years when UGA was declared “not man enough to beat Alabama” by Pat Dye. They were. Since then, UGA has won three of 4 meetings vs. Alabama. however, Alabama fans act like they dominate Georgia because of the black out win in 2008. While they lead the series overall, in the past 30 years, the rivalry (if you call it that) is 5-5 in 10 meetings, with Alabama dominating in the ’90’s, a decade when UGA was dominated by every team they played. This is almost as bad as Tech fans after winning once in 10 years. At least Alabama has a championship to give them some credibility.

Tide Going Out

August 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

ealey will miss 1 or 2 quarters of game 1, as Richt will get tough, even though alcohol was not involved. the kid does need to learn how to drive a little better.

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

LawDawg:

“Doesn’t [Don't] Penn State and others do the same?”

Conjugate, son, conjugate.

Old School

August 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

Best suspension ever;

Pat Dye’s suspension of Auburn starting QB Jeff Burger. Burger didn’t take the first snap of a game but entered on 2nd down!

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

Roscoe P. Coltrane wow don’t go away mad..just go away. Sorry the way you toss it out there I thought you’d take it better Nancy….who’s red panties are in a wad now??

The Ol' Ball Coach

August 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

Missing players won’t be an issue. You mutts are in for a beating. Come on up and enjoy it Tony.

nerds! nerds! nerds!

August 27th, 2010
12:20 pm

I bet Ealey was backing into a parking space… Seriously, why do so many black athletes have suspended licenses?

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

Every FBS college should hire a retired USMC or US Army Ranger master sergeant to keep reign on these players’ exploits. Some coaches just don’t seem to be able to get the sense of self-discipline instilled in the minds of the players.

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

Read Tim Tucker’s update. Ealey had an earlier speeding ticket and he failed to appear at his Aug. 12 court date. That automatically triggered the suspension of his license and issuance of a bench warrant. The police were required to arrest and book him.

5IML

August 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

Birming,

The last time I passed through Birmingham there was no fence or gate. If you despise it so, just leave. Either that or quit whining about BAMA fans being excited about being BAMA fans.

Also, BAMA fans could not care less about UGA. You guys are not our rivals. This (perceived) rivalry and the accompanying bitterness are one-sided. We have no interest in what UGA or Richt are doing.

Lane Kiffin

August 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

Barnhardt you look like the homer buffoon you are with this. In your loyalist attempt to smear usc, you inadvertantly made yourself like like a rhino’s rear end since it is painfully obvious that it is THuga who will be concerned about how many players will be absent for the game on their side. BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

I’m guessing that a “pending investigation” will result in no players being suspended until “the facts are known.” The charges of special monthly rates, etc., etc., cannot be determined, assuming some entitiy hires a defense lawyer. With the legal rigmarole, sometime in December.