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

KR

August 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

Old School: Thanks for the reminder; I had forgotten about the Burger suspension. Not exactly one of Auburn’s finest moments, but somewhat amusing in retrospect…

dagnabit

August 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ealey can write on his arm: We hit and run this state.

5IML

August 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

In addition to controlling all police departments and media outlets in Tuscaloosa County and in every city where BAMA football players go, Saban is able to magically erase camera phones and people’s memories. Surely, if a BAMA player was arrested or at least pulled over someone would take a pic with a phone. Right? In addition to his coaching and recruiting abilities, I’m so glad Saban has all these super powers.

robodawg

August 27th, 2010
12:52 pm

I agree, Ohio St – Michigan should stay in the same division and play at the end of the season, likely enough with the division title on the line.

Tony, if Nebraska and Oklahoma had preserved an annual rivalry game, how much better of a program do you think NU would’ve had over the last decade? And how much happier do you think they would’ve been in the Big 12?

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

know how to fish

No Im sorry I got your Grambling panties in wad

I bet you were the fan that threw up on himself in excitement when he saw the Grambling bulldogs take the field for another typical conservative playing calling beat down by FL

I bet you cried when your buddy Willie The Great Martinez was fired too when

you realized the dancing on the field and circus uniform crap was over with thanks to boosters getting in Richts face about it

You sit here and defend the crap that continues to embarrass this school, do UGA a favor and go resurrect THE U

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

Wow G8R Grad,

You can spell. Was that your major? Typical cheeseball!!!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

Roscoe,

Boss Hog needs you over at the Boar’s Nest to wipe his a$$!!
BTW, while your there, since you are so infatuated with panties, see if Daisey will show you hers. Just stay away from Enos afterwards.

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

dagnabit:
actually “hit and run” is a UGA offensive play. Didn’t you watch the Georgia-GT game last year? Ealey and King perfected it.

merculf

August 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

It is getting really old reading how much the “Auburn Family” is whining about not being crowned the MNC for 2004. If you take the time and go back you’ll see that 99% of all the comments about the Auburn situation are not Auburn fans. People want to stir stuff up. Auburn doesn’t want it that way (Bama wins MNC that way).

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

UGA Prisoners:

awwwww, did you get your little feelings hurt? Clever response and mature too. I bet you are just beaming with pride after typing that.

where?

August 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Did I miss something? Please, some of you haters : please tell me where the dancing on the field was by the UGA players. Is it different than a TD celebration by other teams? Was there a strobe light over the field?

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

LawDawg

I have a Grambling t-shirt and a Miami Hat for you, I just got Enos to deliver it in person

Sorry that you and how 2 fish will not get to take part in the “”Dancing with the Players”" at halftime contest

I heard the winner was to get an all expense paid tour of San Quentin prison

Unfortunately that new show was canceled at the end of last season

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
1:20 pm

Roscoe P. Coltrane what I realize is the last time we danced on the field against the Gators we won the game…I’ve been trying to get CMR to teach the entire “Thriller” routine to the team ever since. Do me a favor and kiss my Azz on Main St at High Noon…LOL Now Roscoe whatagot?

where?

August 27th, 2010
1:21 pm

Roscoe:

where does this “dancing with the players” come from? Are you making crap up because of your infatuation and envy of UGA?

gdawginkalamazoo

August 27th, 2010
1:23 pm

From a blogger on the South Carolina newspaper (blackmagic84):

USC now stands for “U STAY CHEAP”

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:25 pm

Obviously Roscoe is a pathetic, jealous, insecure individual who is mad because his team didn’t come up with any of the ideas first. BTW Roscoe, I would rather have a Grambling shirt and Miami hat than to be caught wearing those cheeseball colors of FU!!! BTW, how many different combos of orange, blue and numerous styles of helmets is Cryer going to break out this year?

Stupid Mutts

August 27th, 2010
1:27 pm

UGA = U Get Arrested

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
1:27 pm

gdawginkalamazoo I spilled my coke laughing at that!

17 of 20

August 27th, 2010
1:27 pm

Buss,

If you make a statement be sure you are correct. Richt leads Spurrier 4 to 2

TechMan91

August 27th, 2010
1:28 pm

If you didn’t graduate from the Institute, you wouldn’t understand. I forgive you folks, the great unwashed. Continue your squabbles without me.

Hello KR

August 27th, 2010
1:29 pm

Again you must never go to auburn! You have a coach there and his name is chizik he is the one that said he wanted the ‘04 championship not the coach in texas. Please keep up with your own school and stop trying to pretend that aubies arent obsessed with a championship they cant win.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

where? last year during a game several of the UGA players were dancing on the sidelines after a score it was pretty tasteless from what I saw in clips..not like dancing on the field during the UF game in 07 which was spontaneous and effective.

dawg in bham

August 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

I read your note about alabama fans being obnoxious there. Please come over here and listen to dawg fans and their stupid woof woof. I have to hear that crap all the time. The funny thing is in alabama they know the game in atlanta the majority of the fans have no knowledge of football and they couldnt tell the difference between a guard and tackle.

KR

August 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

I have never seen that comment attributed to Gene Chizik. Would you care to post a link to a credible news source?

It seems as though you’re the only one obsessed with what happened in 2004. Do you see any Auburn fans on this blog stating that it should be awarded to Auburn? 2004 is ancient history.

You don’t state which school is the recipient of your loyalties (although it’s not hard to guess), but maybe you ought to stick to matters pertaining to that school.

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

where?
Know how 2 fish

obviously your a bunch of teenagers who love the on field dancing and dont see nothing wrong with it

I guess you 2 were not a the Arizona State game last year because during the commercial breaks players were on the field dancing

but you 2 probably did not get to see it because you cant afford tickets to watch

Lawman your obviously a bumbling moron to think that Im a FL

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

Roscoe P. Coltrane no I’m a lot older than that and stated that it looked pretty tasteless from the clips I saw later.And I didn’t see it I was a deer camp that weekend. Now have you un-wadded your panties yet?

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

I seriously doubt LawDawg earned a JD, in Athens, or anywhere else, for that matter.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

dawg in bham Bama fans know the game…good grief I’ve seen people at Bama/Auburn games wearing Bama hats that couldn’t tell the difference in Bama and Auburn..

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

Roscoe,

We don’t claim you. Get lost!!!

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

Incidently, LawDawg, yours was a grammatical mistake, not a misspelling.

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

Sorry.
“Incidentally”

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

Im not the one defending the dancing, clown uniforms, and prison mentality am I

So I dont think Im the one with a pantie in the wad problem

Oh and since you were at deer camp, did coach Richt allow you to try out the Grambling uniform during your hunt to see if it had any luck

Obviously it didnt but you liked the uniform so much you told him it did

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

I seriously doubt G8TR Grad has a meaningful degree of any kind. Oh wait, he is a spelling bee judge. Excellent career G8TR!!!

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
1:58 pm

OOPS!!!!, G8TR failed at his job!!!!

Anonymous

August 27th, 2010
1:58 pm

Hey BirmingDawg, now you know why they call it “BORINGham.”

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

Have a nice day, LawDawg.
Enjoy your Title Searching career.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 27th, 2010
2:00 pm

Just dumb being dumb.

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
2:00 pm

LawDope

I think its you that UGA doesnt claim

Unfortunately your buddy Willie Martinez wont be trolling the sidelines with the bend but dont break arm tackling scheme

You wont be seeing any new uniforms

And your not going to see any of your prized dance moves anytime soon during a ballgame

So you might want to go pull for someone else and stay but at home

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
2:00 pm

Roscoe,

“Oh and since you were at deer camp, did coach Richt allow you to try out the Grambling uniform during your hunt to see if it had any luck

Obviously it didnt but you liked the uniform so much you told him it did”??????????????

I see you have been at the Boar’s Nest already.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

Roscoe P. Coltrane come on you have to admit the last one was pretty weak..tell you what try again we just won’t count that one..again Roscoe whatagot?

LawDawg

August 27th, 2010
2:02 pm

G8TR,

That’s all you got? Pathetic, no spelling cheeseball!!!

doug dawg

August 27th, 2010
2:04 pm

lol. i say lock ‘em all up the day they commit. like the christians in rome. let ‘em out only to provide grizzly fun for the masses. to be eaten by bears, lions, tigers, wildcats, eagles, alligators (or is it crocodiles?) and finally devoured by bees. what a joke. they can’t be humans anymore, thanks to the ajc and the athens police, who are obviously anti-dawg. let’s move the athens police to north avenue in atlanta — problem solved. ever brushed a car in a parking lot and left? when you didn’t even know it? ever let a license or permit, or whatever, expire? oh, get off ealey’s back, and georgia’s. you ajc people are anchored in the pit they call bd stadium. the memory of bobby dodd doesn’t deserve this.

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

Munson -
“Seriously, is there a single SEC school that does not have redneck fans?”

I’d say LSU. Author James Lee Burke, who is from New Iberia, often describes those Louisianans that live north of Baton Rouge as “peckerwoods.”

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
2:13 pm

Delbert D. well I’ve always thought of “peckerwoods” as the equivalent of “hillbilly” which are just folks working their way up the evolutionary ladder to “redneck”…just my 2 cents.Hey and get Burke reference one of my favorite authors in that genre.

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
2:19 pm

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 27th, 2010
2:21 pm

Roscoe P. Coltrane

August 27th, 2010
2:22 pm

how 2 fart

Obviously your at a lost for words your last several posts were

Roscoe P. Coltrane come on you have to admit the last one was pretty weak..tell you what try again we just won’t count that one..again Roscoe whatagot?

Roscoe P. Coltrane no I’m a lot older than that and stated that it looked pretty tasteless from the clips I saw later.And I didn’t see it I was a deer camp that weekend. Now have you un-wadded your panties yet?

Roscoe P. Coltrane what I realize is the last time we danced on the field against the Gators we won the game…I’ve been trying to get CMR to teach the entire “Thriller” routine to the team ever since. Do me a favor and kiss my Azz on Main St at High Noon…LOL Now Roscoe whatagot?

The only come back seems to be whatagot and panties in a wad and the always used kiss my

Boy your a good one, the only dancing you remember is the 07 FL game, I think the entire U.S knows that one

So you obviously are a Tech fan, hiding behind your glorified Sanitation Engineering Degree.

See Tech fans are easy to spot, they have no clue about what goes on with their team until they play UGA. Then they pay attention, then all 50 of them try to fill their high school stadium.

So do me a favor re-read your last 3 so called “I got you posts, and come up with something a little more original dope head.

Because the crickets are chirping for you right now

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

On a slightly different (and decidedly loftier) note, I, for one, agree with Tubbs.
AU should get at least a National Co-Championship nod.
They got so royally screwed that season that I’m convinced the Gators got to play in the BCSNC over Meeeshigan because the sports media felt so bad about it.

G8R GRAD

August 27th, 2010
2:26 pm

sorry.

” . . . the Gators got to play in the 2006 BCSNC over Meeeshigan because the sports media felt so bad about it.”

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
2:32 pm

how2fish – Last one I read was “Tin Roof Blowdown”, so I’m almost caught up. I like the Billy Bob Holland books, too.