Archive for September, 2010

Will South Carolina struggle with Southern Miss?

Five burning questions as we head into the first weekend of the regular season:

1. Will South Carolina struggle with Southern Mississippi tonight? For a couple of weeks now nobody has been talking about what’s going to happen on the field when the Gamecocks finally play a game. Thanks to a couple of NCAA investigations, nobody knows exactly who is going to show up tonight at Williams-Brice Stadium against a team that could win its division of Conference USA.  The exception to that is tight end Weslye Saunders, who has already been suspended. It’s hard to believe that this is the first time these two teams have ever met. South Carolina needs to get off to a good start because Georgia comes to Columbia on Sept. 11. We also want to know if Steve Spurrier will have a quick hook when it comes to quarterback Stephen Garcia. Freshman Conner Shaw (from Flowery Branch) is waiting in the wings.

2. Who’s going to show up for North Carolina against LSU? We know that defensive tackle …

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NCAA wrong on Masoli ruling

I had another blog set for this morning but the news changed everything. And that’s good. So here we go:

The NCAA is wrong on the Jeremiah Masoli ruling. Here’s why.

The NCAA has refused to grant former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli a waiver to be eligible to play at Ole Miss this season. Ole Miss has appealed the ruling but it is unlikely that the appeal will be successful. I reached out to Coach Houston Nutt this morning and I would have to say that he is not optimistic.

 Here is what I see: You can make an ethical argument over whether or not Masoli, who was kicked off the Oregon team, should be allowed to play right away at Ole Miss. The fact is he got a second chance from Oregon coach Chip Kelly and he blew it. So if you want to take the position that Ole Miss should not have taken the kid in the first place, I respect that point of view.

But this is not an ethical argument. It is a legal argument. There is a system in place that allows athletes who have graduated …

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