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Urban Meyer Resigns from Florida: What It Means for Carolina Fans

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Florida’s coach Urban Meyer holds up the BCS Championship trophy in Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 during a ceremony honoring the team for their win over Oklahoma for the National Championship. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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As Skulls reported earlier, Urban Meyer has retired from the University of Florida. Meyer cites his desire to spend more time with his family as his motivation. Meyer, of course, resigned last season only to retake his post a few days later, and there will be some speculation that that’s what he plans to do again. This time, though, it sounds like he’s for real; Gators AD Jeremy Foley had this to say on that note:

“It’s so much different that it was a year ago,’’ Foley said. “He went through some tremendous issues a year ago. But I see his face now and I see the peacefulness. He’s totally at peace with the decision. He certainly has given every fiber of his body to this university. I’ve seen it every day. The results speak for themselves, but to get those results, how do they happen? That guy has given everything he had to this university.

“It was just time. He wants to spend more time with his family. He’s got daughters who play college volleyball; he’s got a son who is growing up. Urban loves his family. When all is said and done, he loves us, he loves the Gators, he loves football, he loves his players, but his world revolves around his family. I think more than anything else that was the impetus for this.’’

That doesn’t sound like an AD who thinks there’s much of a chance that his coach is going to do a 180, and, at any rate, you have to think that Foley wouldn’t be inclined to put up with a Favre routine if that’s indeed what Meyer has in mind.

What does the resignation of the coach at the SEC East’s premier program mean for Carolina? In the short term, I think it’s a good thing. Florida and Foley will compete for an elite coaching prospect, but as with all regime changes, there will be a transitional period for Meyer’s successor. Players will leave, this season’s recruiting class will take a hit, and, depending on the new hire, schematic changes will take time to implement. With Carolina poised to make another run at Atlanta next season, a weakened Florida may have a tough road to hoe in Columbia next fall.

In the long run, though, this might not be good. Florida was starting to struggle under Meyer, and no Carolina fan can say the he would have minded if the current Gators staff stayed in place. The short list at Florida, it seems, is Bob Stoops and Dan Mullen. Either one will bring a staff that’s superior to what the 2010 Gators had, and I have no doubt that they’re capable of carrying on the winning tradition in Gainesville. That’s bad news for Carolina, of course. Will the Gators get either of these guys? Stoops may be a stretch, but I don’t think he’s out of reach. Stoops has UF ties, and word over the past few years has been that he feels his program in Norman has become stagnant. Like his mentor Steve Spurrier, Stoops is the kind of guy who believes ten years in one place is enough. If the Gators can’t get Stoops, though, I have a hard time believing Mississippi St. can convince Mullen to stick around.


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Steve Spurrier Wins SEC Coach of the Year Award

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FILE -- This is an Oct. 4, 2008, file photo showing South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier shouting at his players during an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. It had been a quiet offseason for Steve Spurrier and South Carolina,  until this past weekend, when some of the same off-the-field troubles the Gamecocks have dealt with in past years sprang up again. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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FILE — This is an Oct. 4, 2008, file photo showing South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier shouting at his players during an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. It had been a quiet offseason for Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, until this past weekend, when some of the same off-the-field troubles the Gamecocks have dealt with in past years sprang up again. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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In news that was overshadowed by Urban Meyer’s second resignation (Urban, you attention whore!), it was announced today that Steve Spurrier was voted SEC Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches. The award marks a major vindication for Spurrier. Lots of folks, including yours truly, have increasingly questioned Coach Spurrier over the past three years. However, Spurrier made history this year with the program’s third nine-win season and first-ever berth in the SEC Championship Game. With that, he restaked his claim as one of the game’s premier coaches.

We’ll have occasion to talk more about Spurrier’s legacy in due time. For now, while I think we can all agree that Spurrier deserves major accolades for his accomplishments this season, the question is, did he deserve this award? Auburn fans, undoubtedly, will say the award should go to Gene Chizik. What do you think?


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Urban Meyer Steps Down As Florida Gators’ Head Coach

 

 

LOHD Podcast

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Earlier this evening, I joined the guys at LOHD for a podcast. We discussed the SECCG, the season in review, and the bowl game. Be sure to check it out.


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Marcus Lattimore Named CBSSports.com Freshman of the Year

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South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (21) runs for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Lattimore had a total of 182 yards rushing and two touchdown in their 17-6 win.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore (21) runs for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Lattimore had a total of 182 yards rushing and two touchdown in their 17-6 win.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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The accolades keep pouring in for Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, who can now add a CBS Freshman of the Year Award to his resume. If Lattimore keeps improving his game–and his work ethic suggests he will–he could be well on his way to becoming the most decorated player in Carolina history.

The news isn’t only great for our young star; it’s also good for Carolina football in general. It wasn’t long ago when Lane Kiffin told Alshon Jeffery that Jeffery would end up pumping gas if he went to Carolina. While it’s easy to laugh off what Kiffin said, Kifin had good reason for saying that. You have to believe that talented players have long viewed Carolina as a risky choice because of its history and its inability to produce many individual stars. High school players want to go somewhere where they can make a name for themselves; why go to Carolina when you can go to another school that has produced guys that won numerous awards en route to the NFL? Kiffin was playing to what he viewed as Jeffery’s fears when he made the comment about pumping gas, and I’ll bet that in many cases, that kind of recruiting tactic has worked for our rivals. Luckily, though, Jeffery and other players, Lattimore foremost among them, came to Carolina, and now they’re bringing home some hardware. When you’ve got stars like these making the national headlines and winning major awards, it makes it a lot easier to recruit.

Mr. Clowney, I hope you’re watching. When Lattimore graduates to competing for the Heisman next year, it’ll be your turn to win Freshman of the Year.


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South Carolina season recap by Chris Low at ESPN.com

 

 

2010 South Carolina High School Football State Champions

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Players from Myrtle Beach High School hoist the championship trophy after their 27-23 victory over South Pointe in the AAA State Championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

Players from Myrtle Beach High School hoist the championship trophy after their 27-23 victory over South Pointe in the AAA State Championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

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A-I:  Abbeville over Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 42-13
A-II:  Scott’s Branch over Williston-Elko, 34-32

ATH Jerell Adams of Scott’s Branch should be in the garnet and black next year. 

AA:  Central over Dillon, 20-17

AAA: Myrtle Beach over South Pointe, 27-23

This game featured the nation’s top recruit, and Gamecock lean, Jadeveon Clowney (South Pointe) and Notre Dame QB commit Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach).  Gerald Dixon is another player for South Pointe that South Carolina expects to have on campus next year. 

AAAA-I: Byrnes over Dorman, 34-13

Dorman WR and Clemson commitment Charone Peake and his teammates fell to perennial power Byrnes and its talent-rich pool of athletes, though no big names dot the 2011 recruiting class for the Rebels. 
AAAA-II:  Northwestern over Greenwood, 42-10

Three Northwestern players are heading to play major college football next season.  QB Justin Worley is committed to Tennessee and both Roderick Byers and Gerald Dixon are expected to sign with South Carolina.   

Click here for MaxPreps’ list of all states’ 2010 high school football champions.


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The Daily Feed // 12.07.10

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True Grit.

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True Grit.

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FOOTBALL

Spurrier Gets Another Shot At Seminoles | GamecockCentral.com
Time to put that ugly SECCG behind us and look forward. Steve Spurrier is all about the present, not the past:

“When I was a Gator, we didn’t like FSU and they didn’t like us,” Spurrier said Sunday night during a teleconference announcing the Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup. “But I’m a Gamecock now. I haven’t coached for Florida for nine years now, so things have changed a little bit. I don’t have anything against Florida State. I’ve admired the work Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and his staff has done. This is not an animosity game. We’re just two teams trying to get that last win to go into the off-season on a big high.”

Chick-fil-A Bowl ticket requests informaiton | Gamecocks Online
Get your Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets here.

Bowl Swag Gamecocks Will Get From Chick-fil-a Bowl | Leftover Hot Dog
LOHD has your swag breakdown.

Huguenin: Ranking the bowl matchups | Rivals.com
Chick-fil-a bowl at #10.

RECRUITING

Gamecocks Recruit Edward Muldrow Arrested | Leftover Hot Dog
Doh! Haven’t had to deal with this in a while.

 

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

USC dominance of Clemson extends to men’s hoops | The Daily Gamecock
Dominate. USC may be a force to be reckoned with in the SEC East over the next few years. As for this season, I’m content to be competitive. Horn agrees, if not explicitly:

“I think the thing that continues to encourage you about moving forward and looking to the future is that we keep finding ways with different guys,” Horn said. “This was a game where we didn’t get to play to our strengths for a variety of reasons. For a young team to have to grind it out the way that we did and still find a way to come out on top is really encouraging. All in all, it’s a great win for a lot of reasons.”

 

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Post Play Steers Second-Half Surge in Win Over Lady Tigers | Gamecocks Online
The Lady Gamecocks get a much needed win against patsy Savannah State.


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Four Gamecocks Named To AP All-SEC Squads

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Four Gamecocks Named To AP All-SEC Squads

Marcus Lattimore unanimous selection as SEC Freshman of the Year. First Team All-SEC: Marcus Lattimore, RB; Alshon Jeffrey, WR; and Devin Taylor, DE. Second Team All-SEC: Stephon Gilmore, CB.


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Marcus Lattimore Named SEC Freshman Of The Year, First Team All-SEC RB

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Marcus Lattimore has been unanimously voted the 2010 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the AP.  Lattimore was also named to the All-SEC First Team Offense. 

As a true freshman for the South Carolina Gamecocks, #21 has carried the football 248 times for 1,198 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.  Lattimore eclipsed the 100 yard mark four times this season, running for a career high 212 yards against Florida in The Swamp, where he helped the Gamecocks to their SEC Eastern Division Championship clinching win.  In addition to his ground game (99.83 ypg), Lattimore has excellent skills as a receiver out of the backfield.  He’s caught 26 balls for 364 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games (Though, let’s not forget he missed a game and a half), displaying tremendous ability in the open field.  Marcus Lattimore has racked up 1,562 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns in what has been a very stellar start to his career in Columbia, and is deserving of the accolades and attention he’s getting.     

It’s a huge honor for Marcus to have received each of these recognitions.  Congratulations, Latti. 


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