Bruce Ellington: On the road again. USC v. Arkansas; Bud Walton Arena. Tip-off 1:30 p.m. TV: SEC Network
Post & Courier: Darryl Slater thinks Arkansas poses another roadblock for USC.
Gamecock Central: USC looks to challenge Hogs' perfect home record.
Helena World: Anderson offers honest appraisal of Hogs, Gamecocks. The view from the Natural State - from little Helena, Arkansas (pop 6,323). Ever heard of Helena? Me either. But it's the only paper I could find running a story on the game! Little Rock and Fayetteville papers are hidden behind a pay wall, and the Jonesboro paper apparently doesn't cover the Hogs! So thank you, Helena!
Gamecocksonline: Gamecocks Travel To Arkansas On Saturday. News, notes, q&a - you know the drill.
Bleacher Report: Flounder posts a Depth Chart for Gamecocks After National Signing Day, Alex runs down the 10 Greatest Gamecock Players in NFL History and Mario Cuadros writes that the South Carolina Gamecocks Head into 2012 with One of the Deepest Backfields.
ESPN SEC Blog: Offseason spotlight: South Carolina and SEC postseason position rankings: Special Teams. I know we had our moments on special teams - most famously Melvin's rumble between the hedges - but I don't think Ed and Chris are wrong to assign us such a low overall ranking, which is why I am looking forward to what new Coaches Joe Robinson and Grady Brown will bring to the table, and why I wasn't crushed to see John Butler go back to B1G country.
Cocky Country: Katie weighs in on the front-burner political issue in the Palmetto State - Should Carolina-Clemson Game Be Required By Law?
Post & Courier: Darryl Slater and CU beat writer Travis Sawchik ask - Could conference expansion ever jeopardize USC-Clemson football rivalry?
GoGamecocks: More on the raises for Coach Spurrier and Coach Tanner. The disparity is staggering. Tanner earns slightly more than Whammy Ward, but a fraction of what Spurrier makes. On the other hand, the revenue disparity is staggering. Note - Tanner makes less than half of what Darrin Horn is paid; is that fair?
Gamecock Central: Price of Success: New Deals Approved. More on the raises by Scoot Hood - but worth your time. Also - we are under-paying G.A. Mangus; the University needs to forgive him for the embarrassment of last summer's arrest in Greenville, and reward him with at least another $100-$150k; otherwise, we're going to lose our best offensive recruiter. He is simply too important to the program to be the lowest paid guy on staff.
Spur of the Moment Blog: A bunch of context to today's contract/money news with USC football and baseball.
Post & Courier: USC baseball gears up.
GoGamecocks: Mark your calendars - 20 USC baseball games will be televised.
CBS Sports: Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation. I'm sorry it didn't work out for the Mountaineers. Nothing against Mizzou, but the SEC was clearly their second choice to the B1G which has never set well with me. While Missouri's academics are stellar - which clearly wowed the league presidents - West Virginia is more culturally and historically connected with southern football (being a former SoCon school, and a program we used to play all the time during our independent days). It would have made more geographic sense, too. Unfortunately, WVU's academic ranking was not in the same league as Missouri - nor was it's TV market share (despite Morgantown being close to Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh). And maybe it's a blessing in disguise, because South Carolina remains the closest SEC school to the fertile mid-Atlantic recruiting grounds.
Sporting News: Speaking of the Other TIgers from the Other Columbia - Can Missouri compete in the SEC? Tigers believe it.
AJC: Georgia-Auburn game could be sacrificed in SEC scheduling. The league has to figure out how to save the historic rivalries. Otherwise, what's the point? Also - Vanderbilt coach elaborates on controversial comments … on recruit lost to UGA. Does Franklin have a problem running his mouth? It sure seems that way. Gotta figure it's not going to be long before Slive summons him to Birmingham for a palaver.