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The Daily Feed // 11.11.10

After a brief hiatus, during which I took care of some schoolwork that had been accumulating, The Daily Feed is now back for the foreseeable future. Just in time to experience the Gamecocks win their first SEC East title, too. Thanks for bearing me, and Go 'Cocks!



Report card: Arkansas (Spoiler: The grades? Theyr're not good) | Spur of the Moment
In case you missed it, Travis Haney gave us Fs across the board for last week's performance. Wouldn't you? I mean, looking back on that game I can't think of a single thing that we did after kickoff. At the end of the game a friend turned to me and said, "It felt like Arkansas had the ball the entire time." That's true. I can't remember a single thing from that game except for the myriad times when the Razorbacks made us look like a practice squad. SportsCenter tells me that Alshon made a spectacular one-handed catch, true. But if I hadn't seen it on Top Plays with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it happened. Haney makes a good point about the offense.

Also, if Spurrier is any way, shape or form not calling plays at the moment ... that should change. Like, now. Enough of the shell game, Steve. It's time to be the Ball Coach, do what you do and stop with this other nonsense*. * No offense to G.A. Mangus, who we love and think holds an important job on the coaching staff.

Haney spends the rest of the report asking the same questions that you probably asked yourself during the game. Who is Cobi Hamilton? Why did go for a fake punt on our own 38? Who will be our starting corner against the Gators? Why couldn't the Gamecocks tackle? There are many questions from the game against Arkansas. Few answers, though.

Spurrier Sunday Teleconference notes | Spur of the Moment
Spurrier dismisses the notion that the Gamecocks weren't focused on Arkansas. I think we were focused. We just got beat. The secondary wasn't thinking about Florida when they were blowing coverages. The receivers weren't thinking about Florida when they were dropping balls.

Gamecocks Football: Five Reasons SC Beats The Florida Gators | Leftover Hot Dog
Not sure about #5. If you were Urban Meyer would you be worried about Saturday's game versus the Gamecocks? I wouldn't.

USC - Arkanasas, A Graphic Explanation (no I'm Not Over It Edition) | The Rubber Chickens
I generally enjoy TRC's graphic explanations. However, dear reader, I have to admit that I don't understand this one. There are no secrets between a Daily Feed author and his readership, so I don't have a problem telling you this. My official guess is that this is some reference to Arkansas' laying the wood to us. Anyone out there have a better idea?

Looking for spark, Spurrier alters practice sked Monday | Spur of the Moment
Ah, yes, shame - the crutch of motivators everywhere.

An Open Letter to Ellis Johnson | The Rubber Chickens
Something has definitely been amiss in the secondary this season. There has been a lot well-deserved criticism thrown EJ's way over the last few weeks. Some people even think he should be fired. My question is, what's the explanation for a coach that has delivered better-than-average results in all years prior but has failed miserably this season. He didn't just forget how to coach in 2010. It's even more mind-boggling that the secondary is comprised of mainly the same players. And our biggest preseason worry - the linebacking corps - hasn't received any criticism to date. In fact, I can't remember hearing anything about our linebackers - good or bad - all season. It's like they disappeared. Perhaps some of our problems in the secondary can be attributed to our DBs having to compensate for weak linebackers. I don't know. I'll leave that question to people who know more Xs and Os than me.

SEC Power Poll, Week 10: (L)East | Team Speed Kills
Carolina has fallen all the way to #7. Looks about right to me. Boy, am I glad we got that Georgia game out of the way early.

Gamecocks Practice Wednesday | Gamecocks Online
Notable among those not available for comment? Stephen Garcia.

USC prepares for UF | The Daily Gamecock

The status of cornerback C.C. Whitlock, who also suffered a concussion, is less certain, but Spurrier said he should be ready. Spurrier did hint though that walk-on Marty Markett, who replaced Whitlock against Arkansas, would start over Whitlock no matter what, as he "probably played better than [C.C.] did."


Gamecocks head to Gainesville to tangle with Gators |
We're going to tangle, eh?



Gamecocks Ink Two During Fall Signing Period | Gamecocks Online
Sign 'em up.

Galloway hopeful for return | The Daily Gamecock

"I'm just trying to move forward and think about when I get back. I don't know when I'll get back," Galloway said. "That's up to the trainers. But I'm just here rooting my team on in practice, cheering them on, telling them the right things to do and the wrong things to do."

I suspect we'll need him




Gamecock 360: Marah Strickland | Gamecocks Online
Interview with Marah Strickland.

Staley Inks Elem Ibiam to Open Early Signing Period | Gamecocks Online

University of South Carolina head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Elem Ibiam (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Gamecocks. She will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.




Five Gamecocks Garner All-Conference USA Accolades | Gamecocks Online

Five South Carolina men's soccer players garnered All-Conference USA honors on Tuesday, highlighted by senior forward Blake Brettschnider being selected as the Co-MVP and Co-Offensive Player of the Year. The awards were announced the day before the Conference USA Tournament begins in Memphis at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

No. 4 Seed South Carolina Set To Face No. 5 UAB In C-USA Tournament | Gamecocks Online
Time for the men's soccer team to finally make some noise. With five all-conference players we should be able to win something.

Gamecocks Men's Soccer Defeats UAB In C-USA Tournament Quarterfinals | Gamecocks Online
Oh, look at that. We did win. Every great journey begin with but a single step.

The South Carolina men's soccer team (10-6-2) defeated UAB (10-7-1) by a 2-1 score in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 Conference USA Tournament on Wednesday evening from the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. Junior midfielder Stephen Morrissey scored Carolina's first goal on an assist from senior forward Blake Brettschneider, while Brettschneider followed with the game winner late in the contest to secure the win for South Carolina.




South Carolina Men Ranked 24th in CSCAA Poll | Gamecocks Online
I don't know anything about swimming/ diving, but I do know a ranking for us is a good thing (unless its football season).




South Carolina Athletics with Military Ties | Spurs Up
In honor of Veterans day Spurs Up gives us a list of Gamecocks athletics' ties to the military.

Military Appreciation Days: Nov. 12 at Basketball, Nov. 20 at Football | Gamecocks Online
Also a couple appreciation days for the heroes in camo.