ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10: Ramon Galloway #12 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts on the court against the Ole Miss Rebels during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
I was expecting to the news about Stephen Spinella, as it's pretty clear that Darrin Horn doesn't see a future for him at Carolina. The news about Ramon Galloway, though, is a little surprising. Galloway got plenty of minutes last season and was our third-leading scorer with 10+ ppg. He drew a lot of criticism for inconsistent, inefficient offensive play and generally failed to live up to his sophomore-season expectations, but he also had some very positive moments, too, and it's hard to imagine that he wasn't going to be given a shot to continue to play a major role in the offense if he worked on eliminating the weak points in his game. One has to wonder if there was some tension between he and Horn, as Horn had some negative things to say about him in late-season interviews. At any rate, Garnet and Black Attack wishes both players the best as they continue their promising basketball careers elsewhere.
The departure of these two players gives Horn a couple of scholarships to play with. What would you like to see him use them on? I'd say a situational big man with a little more girth to him would have to be high on many Gamecock fans' wish list. The departure of Galloway also means that we're almost certainly going to be relying on Damien Leonard to be ready to step in and play a major role next year, that is unless Brian Richardson all of the sudden shows that there's a lot more to him than we saw last year.
And now for the rest of the news:
Interesting quote from the Dr. Saturday piece on the Vols:
If the prospect of total collapse has faded, though, it's only yielding a new, equally precarious phase of rebuilding: Fully half the Vols' likely starting lineup going into the spring is composed of sophomores, eight of them offense, including the quarterback (Tyler Bray), his top two receivers (Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers) and four-fifths of the offensive line; with six early enrollees in for spring practice, it may add a freshman or two to that number. Dooley estimated Monday that 70 percent of the 2011 roster will be freshmen and sophomores, and if it's not "the youngest team probably in America," it's close enough that "Year One" still figures to look like, well, your standard year one. After the non-stop turmoil of the last two-and-a-half years, I suspect Tennessee will take it. For now.
Maybe predictions of UT success on the gridiron in 2011 were a little premature.
Um, does anyone else find this creepy?
Haney predicts a Koumas start on Sunday against the Gators.
's book chronicling the Gamecocks' run the collegiate baseball championship is now on sale.
It's about time Ray Tanner got his own show. Let's hope it's more entertaining than the Head Ball Coaches' show.