Odds and Ends

First, give The State credit for doing a step-back piece on arrests in college football.

But please, guys, get your lede right.

A popular college football blog is keeping a running tally of player arrests at Division I schools this winter, featuring updated standings each week.

The SEC, long considered one of the nation's strongest football conferences, has been well represented in this "competition," as well.

The Web site, everydayshouldbesaturday.com, calls its crime-blotter report the Fulmer Cup, a nod to Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, who has had eight players arrested or disciplined for breaking team rules since January.


This is at least the third year that EDSBS has been doing the Fulmer Cup, and it was named that long before Tennessee "had eight players arrested or disciplined for breaking team rules since January."

Again, a good piece, and nice job giving props to EDSBS. But if you don't know more about it, might you want to do a little research or -- gasp -- pick up the phone.

Alas, I'm not worth listening to. I'm just a blogger who's not an actual reporter. (Except when I am, which is every day. But I digress.)

Speaking of arrests, it seems like Kevin Young's is suspicious enough to call in SLED, which means that election-fixers in Clarendon County can carry on without fear of getting caught. SLED is busy figuring out if the Columbia Police Department, that crack unit of commandos, roughed up an offensive lineman.

The State Law Enforcement Division will investigate allegations that Columbia police used excessive force while arresting a South Carolina football player during the weekend.

Gamecocks offensive lineman Kevin Young told USC coach Steve Spurrier that police hit him multiple times and bloodied his nose while subduing him following a fight in Five Points early Sunday morning. ...

Neal Lourie, Young's attorney, said he plans to file with the city today a formal complaint claiming excessive use of force.


I think the most important question here is how much money Neal Lourie makes defending Gamecock football players. It's a lucrative business if you can corner the market, as Lourie seems to have done.

If the Columbia Police Department actually did use excessive force against Young, maybe they could channel all that energy into, you know, subduing criminals that pose a danger to the community.

Oh, that's right. We're talking about the Columbia Police Department. Disregard that little bit of common sense I allowed to creep in.


Columbia police officers train on how to handle rowdy college students.


Carlos Thomas, meanwhile, is out indefinitely for violations of the team rules variety.

Spurrier disciplined Thomas for being loud and boisterous and using profanities in the presence of an athletic administrator in the team's dining hall, according to sources.


Well, that had to be one he...ahem, one heck of a conversation to get somebody indefinitely suspended. "Boisterous"? Was he leaping on the tables and doing Riverdance? I mean, I'm all for discipline, but this seems a touch excessive, no?

Gardner-Webb was rained out, but the game against Charlotte on Wednesday went forward.

It'd been better if the two had been flipped.

Godwin struggled and the offense lacked any ability to come through in the clutch. On to Duquesne.

Dave Odom's last home game was a loss. Surprise.

Again, I'm as sad as anyone to see Dave Odom the man go. Dave Odom the coach? Not so much.

Meanwhile, names are flying fast and furious about who's next. So don't bother trying to keep up right now. It ain't worth it.

Only Eric Hyman knows what's going on. If he does.

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