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

SecGuy

August 28th, 2010
11:31 am

This is the year for Richt/Georgia to do or die. Offensively loaded, great kicker, great punter, great return guy, QB though young, is an upgrade relative to last year. Defensively a new philosophy which presents a learning curve to deal with early, but doable. South Carolina’s off field problems, turns a game of legitimate concern to a highly probable win. If they beat Arkansas, they go into Jacksonville unbeaten. If they don’t beat Florida this year, when? Very interesting season for the dawgs. I think they can get to the SECCC game. Hopefully they will meet my favorite team Bama for all the marbles.

Yellow_is_the_color_of_p**s

August 28th, 2010
11:42 am

Just another reason why the AP is insignificant. They removed themselves from the BCS formula and now they apparently have no problem with allowing a school to keep a national title even though they used (unknowingly) ineligible players. Nice AP.

DIT

August 28th, 2010
11:48 am

Not one player from USC will miss the UGA game. Spurrier hates UGA too much to let bad behavior get in the way. Same for UGA. Ealey will play. He should not, but he will.
Does not mean much for UGA if the Defense does not come together quickly. Columbia is one of the toughest places to play at. I’ve always hated this game and just hope to get out of there with a “W”. Go Dawgs!

Caldawg

August 28th, 2010
12:59 pm

With regard to Washaun and the other delinquent drivers… I wonder if there are so many arrests because the cops in Athens don’t give the football players a free pass like they do in other college towns (ie Gainsville). When I went to UGA there were at least 9 different police agencies patrolling Athens. Perhaps the sheer number of cops on the street make it more likely that any student, including athletes, will be caught. I wonder if anyone has compared the frequency of arrests for football players with the number of arrests for all students. When I went there it seemed like a number of students were arrested for misdemeanors every weekend, just like in any other college town.

Oh well, at least no one was injured and I have a hunch that the punishment Washaun will face at practice will be much worse than anything the Athens courts will do to him.

how2fish

August 28th, 2010
1:01 pm

NoGaGator I agree about the G’ville cops they and the APD are on par..28 UF arrests in 4 years until yesterday 30 now 31 at UGA is Coach Meyer’s program out of control I doubt it. He has dealt in the most part in a fair and logically manner when player issues have come up.

Dawg Whisperer

August 28th, 2010
2:14 pm

Mike Bobo… I thought you were busy coaching up your offense but since you’ve taken time to respond to my e-mails (for which I feel quite privileged). You totally missed my point. In my view, coaching goes beyond wins and losses. Granted, it’s the primary meauring stick but even in that regard, no one has been more sucessful in the SEC during his tenure with the exception of Meyers and Saban. I know an argument could be made for Les Miles at LSU. It is my opinion, however, that coach Richt brings the best combination of success on the gridiron and a leader of young men. You have a right to your opinion, and a right to be wrong.

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

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destin dawg

August 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

there are 357 posts on UGA blog… most GT or other haters.. there are 34 posts on GT blog…..

hotels are dying for business these days

August 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

i just stayed at the intercontinental in SF for $139/night. This may not be as bad as it appears on the surface… we shall see

big dawg man

August 28th, 2010
4:40 pm

hey tech man. brag all you can. that is the only thing you got going for you and for GA YUCK YELLOW BUGS.

gcs

August 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Tony, how can you have such a short memory?

Auburn did not get a shot at the big game in 2004-05 because they had a WEAK schedule (La-Monroe, La.Tech, Citadel) during a down year in the SEC and the Tigers did not impress anyone the whole season. Even their 16-13 Sugar Bowl win over a less-than stellar Virginia Tech team put the whole country to sleep.

USC without Reggie Bush or Oklahoma would have destroyed Auburn if they had played.

Your colleagues got it right.

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Still@theBAR

August 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

UGA 10 schedule: Uga’s OOC 10 opponents were 21-28, Uga’s total opponents for 10 were 78-74, and Uga opponents in 10 against Top 25 teams were 11-32. The QB at Clarke Central could win 8 games on that schedule.

The Ole Ball Coach

August 28th, 2010
5:01 pm

I wonder how many sports writers have been arrested for suppended
license, public drunkness or DUI? Or worse?

Still@theBAR

August 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

Destin it is so EZ to Slap a Stupid Dawg with a stick and make him chase hie tail to find rational facts to support his point.

The Ole Ball Coach

August 28th, 2010
7:47 pm

The Ole Ball Coach

August 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

Jamie Blatnick pleads guilty to felony assult charges are then changed to misdemenor will start first game OSU.. Unlike Tennessee all charges dropped .. Bar Knoxville and the perks just didn’t happen….. LOL

The Ole Ball Coach

August 28th, 2010
8:23 pm

Frankie Hammond Jr. , a WR for the Florida Gators, was arrested early Sunday morning on DUI charges at the University of Florida campus. It’s been reported that Hammond was driving 45 mph in a 20 mph zone recklessly and with two open bottles of Crown Royal in his possession.
Bet he misses zero games,,,,,,

Fred

August 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

APD:

I would say that YOU are the mindless moron. Adams hired that idiot basketball coach when Dooley told him not to because the guy is a cheater. When he got caught cheating, Adams FIRED Dooley because he (Dooley) was correct. Adams is an ass, plain and simple. ‘Nuff said on THAT issue.

On the Easley issue: It has come out that he (Easley) knew about the suspended license, talked about it with the coaches, and even told them he wouldn’t drive. He lied. Screw him. He’s a liar. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and was WAY wrong.

As to 20 year old soldiers? Play that crap to someone who DOESN’T have a CIB you leg REMF. A private who graduated from High School, joined the military and is TOLD what to do isn’t in the same conversation. As a vet who had many GOOD soldiers who did stupid things, I understand. They just don’t always think. But as I said before, Easley had the benefit of forethought and he was an Epic phail.

Try that flag waving crap on someone who HASN’T been shot for his Country you ass hat.

Fred

August 28th, 2010
9:45 pm

Payne

August 27th, 2010
9:54 pm

Man I wish half of yall would spell ealey’s name right! Its not ealy!
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I could be snide and say I wish you could properly puntuate “ya’ll” except that is a sure way to ensure I have some typo’s in my own post lol. (Although it’s in the dictionary as both ya’ll AND y’all).

I WILL say that now that I know the facts, I don’t care HOW that lying SOB spells or pronounces his name. I really HATE liars…………

$40.00 for one night @ hotel is cheap

August 29th, 2010
8:59 am

I traveled for many years on business and I traveled in Columbia for those years and spent at least one night or two nights per month there, usually out on Two Notch Rd or the d’town H Inn. Now, I retired about 5 yrs ago and rooms prior to that in that market, say in 2003 or 2004 or 05, were always around $79-$99,00 per night and of course, I always had the corp. rate or AARP. I stayed in BUDGET hotels too. $40.00 per night was NEVER available to anyone in those days.

So …………….rooms are only valued at $40,00 per night or $1,200 per month? My calcualtions on say a Hampton Inn downtown would be closer to $2,500 per mo. and up. So, if these kids are getting their rooms for $450.00 per month …………. they in fact are earning ( and not taxed ) far more than that in cheapo rent. It is sort of like a $2,000 per mo income and without tax consequences. This is a major problem gang ………….huge problem for SC and that program.

Houston ……………we have a problem. This thing is gonna blow up in SC’s fac. SS ……… it could nto happen to a better guy.

I want this thing to simmer and boil over on Thursday before the SC/UGA game. It is about PAYING KIDS for elaborate digs and allowing them to live like royalty with limos. Uh oh. Problems abound for SC.

NC is the flagship of the ACC and all of their so called academic wonderment ………..look at THAT program and the news swirling all around. N C Tarheels also deserve this bit of news. The Atlanta media just adore the Tarheels ………. and now they get to write about them and possibly other ACC schools …………….Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Go Dogs.

Dumb and Dumber

August 29th, 2010
9:10 am

As a UGA grad, class of 71 and 73, I do totally agree that Washaun Ealey is one dumb kid and might not ever play beyond this year. Dumb kid ……….too bad. Continues to make the SAME bad judgements. Duh ……… duh.

Dumber? Oh, that would be Reggie Ball, who is still convinced that there are always in Grant Field 5 or 6 or 7 downs. AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

Go Dogs.

NCBulldawg86

August 29th, 2010
9:12 am

Better repost my last comment and tone it down a notch, since my last one is still awaiting moderation.

TideRising…

Get out of here with your brand of BS and “holier than Thou” attitude. And while you are at it, can you quit slobbing all over Saban for just one second and take a peek at the Savior himself, Nick Saban and his tough stance on discipline.

The mysterious full game to half game suspension when Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe. Loved his follow up and “reasoning”, or lack thereof.

Link #1: tp://blog.al.com/rapsheet/2007/11/explanation_on_dj_halls_suspen.html

And for more support…

Link #2: http://fromthebleachersblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/dj-hall-and-incredible-shrinking.html

Then, Coach Saban explains away another arrest here….

Link #3: http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2009/08/saban_says_upshaw_wont_be_susp.html

And Coach Richt is weak in discipline. You are a hypocrite, TideRising. A typical Alabama fan when things are going your way. Go back to al.com and continue with your slobbing of Nick, as that is what you appear to do very well.

Gator Mike

August 29th, 2010
9:55 am

I for one will not under estimate
Spurrier. He has at least one or maybe 2 more great wins for Carolina, and he may get them this year. I only hope it is not on 13 November this year in G’ville.
He always seems to be at his best when it is least expected.
Go Gators!

NCBulldawg86

August 29th, 2010
10:01 am

Better relink the first one, as I cut off the beginning….

Link #1; http://blog.al.com/rapsheet/2007/11/explanation_on_dj_halls_suspen.html

how2fish

August 29th, 2010
11:28 am

Joshua Nesbitt will never win the Heisman.

Farley

August 29th, 2010
11:38 am

“And Coach Richt is weak in discipline.”

How many years ago did you first realize that? ;-)

Rai

August 29th, 2010
11:46 am

It is my opinion, however, that coach Richt brings the best combination of success on the gridiron and a leader of young men.

What rubbish. Richt is a money-loving leader of thugs and morons. That’s all he is. Everything that you attribute to him is phony.

Erehw On

August 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Why hasn’t Richt been tarred and feathered and run out of town? He’s a freaking disgrace, even worse than Bobby Bowdoin was for ignoring what his thug players are doing.

Cobb Dawg

August 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Funny how Tech fans only want to talk about UGA, not Tech. Guess decades of beat-downs have left them with nothing else.

Urban rapper...

August 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

De dam burritos wuz getting cold……..Aint stickin round till they bout to mold. Gotta run gotta go but dis car is so old. Please dont hit dis telephone pole… Textin ny rhymes to all u haters- especially to da ones dat call theyselves Fla. Gaytas. Scratched anuther car as I tried to go by-but you got no proof I was wheelin round high. Bumblin Bees stumblin bees-why u gots to pick on me. Flappin dem wings and bumpin dem gums..Come in to Athens and get ya some….

DIT

August 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

Rai – “Richt is a money-loving”

I would love to hear you elaborate on that because you are WAY off base. You don’t have a clue about Mark Richt, the person, let alone coach. Go back to you techie blog.

wild one

August 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bottom line, there is nothing to be found in Athens or anywhere else for that matter at 3:30 in the morning but trouble.
The season starts next week and you are out at all hours of the night doing god only knows what. Maybe if coach brought back two-adays these guys would be too dang tired to get into trouble.

lawzoo

August 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

A better question would be …How many Clarke County Inmates will be able to play agasinst Carolina?

Don’t worry about Steve retiring you two bit blowhard.

Not A UGA Fan

August 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

And, on the other side of the ledger……”who really cares how many USC players will miss games? I love college football, but I surely don’t. If these dolts don’t care whether they get to play, why should I?

DIT

August 29th, 2010
1:20 pm

I agree wild one.
By being out at 3am just spells trouble. You would think the Seniors would have enough of this and take a couple of these kids behind the “woodshed.” That’s what use to happen when I played.

Tfunk

August 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

hahaha this should really be named how many UGA players will miss games due to incarceration Rofl

Eratos

August 29th, 2010
5:29 pm

Hey, dawgtards, stop wondering how many SC players may miss the game. Start worrying about how many of your thugs will be in jail.

And with Green dismissed from the team for lying about South Beach.

Bee in my Bonnet

August 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

Funny how Tech fans only want to talk about UGA, not Tech. Guess decades of beat-downs have left them with nothing else.

UGA folks can brag all you want to about beating Tech in football most years, and that’s perfectly fair. What’s also fair is to point out that with a history of Jan Kemp (Vince Dooley days), Jim Harrick, and now Damon Evans, UGA is truly “The Cesspool of the South,” and is richly deserving of that title. No one outside of Georgia has any respect for UGA or its athletic department, and that is a fact. It has been said many times: “Tech people are proud of their school, Georgia people are proud of their team.” What a legacy to be proud of!

UGA fans can now return to your mobile home parks and resume waiting for your unemployment checks.

And watching those red panties falling from the sky, always a good time-killer for thUGA dawgtards.  :-)  :-)  :-)

mando

August 29th, 2010
5:38 pm

i think oklahoma should get the 2004 title. they would have killed the barn.

mando

August 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

ooooooooo–KLAHOMA.

mando

August 29th, 2010
5:51 pm

and, NCBulldawg86 i think Saban is your daddy. just ask mama.

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 29th, 2010
10:28 pm

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Bama fan

August 29th, 2010
11:59 pm

NCBulldawg86,

And when exactly did Saban last have an Alabama player arrested? Over a year ago! Now go to your little corner beyotch and STFU!

Aiken Chicken

August 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

Joe Person is a slime ball who got run out of town immediately after writing this article. Tony, when are you gonna write about Ealey…and when will you and Schlabach get together for a bulldog crying party?

photontorpedotube

August 30th, 2010
6:14 pm

Joe Person is leaving The State and this is his parting shot. He is not liked by Spurrier because he is constantly asking stupid questions. His reporting on the Whitney Hotel has been biased and he fails to accurately portray the Hotel. In his articles, you get the impression it is a really swanky place. In reality, it is an aging hotel with deteriorating amenities. The USC Compliance Office reviewed the leases and approved them before the players moved to the Whitney. In short, the Whitney is a molehill. It’s a case of a reporter stretching really hard for a story. Read the Charleston Post and Courier if you want a less biased assessment of the facts. I heard today that all the players have been cleared and the NCAA has determined there was not benefit to the players based on the rate.

Rule Based

August 31st, 2010
12:30 am

Will UGA take away ealey’s scholarship? Meyer took hammond’s away, first thing. The rules are different in athens—just win! (but they don’t!)