Sorry if you were looking yesterday for the December 14 edition of TDF - SB Nation ate it moments away from its publication. So without further ado:
Coaching Retention Roundup
LOHD: Flounder reports that: Shawn Elliot is no longer in the mix at CCU, either. I haven't been able to find that in a media report yet, but it would excellent news. Flounder also writes a great piece imploring Ellis Johnson to Just Say No to Southern Miss.
Hattiesburg American: USM looking to name new coach soon. EJ's name continues to be closely connected with the Golden Eagles' search, along with Oklahoma State's Todd Monken, UL-Lafayette's Jay Johnson and Southern Mississippi's own DC Blake Anderson. Unsurprisingly, Bama's Kirby Smart is also being discussed. I like that its not narrowed down; like Flounder, I hope EJ wants to stay in his home-state and compete for SEC championships. Over at the Big Spur (behind the pay-wall) there is talk that EJ is one of the top two candidates for USM.
ESPN SEC Blog: Chris Low weighs in: Gamecocks hope to retain Ellis Johnson. Chris reports that an interview has been scheduled.
The honors keep rolling in for the senior from Hamlet, N.C. - yesterday he was named to the Associated Press All-America Team as a first-team member. The day before, Sports Illustrated selected him as a first team All American, as well. Combined with his selections to the Walter Camp Foundation and AFCA 2011 All America first teams, Melvin can claim the coveted title of a "Consensus All American." We hope he claims a first round draft pick and a fat NFL contract in 2012 - after we take care of business in Orlando, first, of course. Congratulations also to Antonio Allen who earned third-team All America honors from the AP.
Post & Courier: In case you didn't see it yesterday, the fall-out from the Whitney Hotel and SAM Foundation issues is now coming to a head as the University of South Carolina self-imposed a cut in six football scholarships from 2012-2014, including three each from the incoming recruiting classes of 2012 and 2013. The athletic department admitted that major violations occurred and further offered to accept a three year probation. You can find the A.P. write up here. Obviously, there will be more on this to come on this issue here at GABA. If Eric Hyman hadn't proven himself so invaluable during this facilities upgrade, I'd be screaming for his head after the way our internal compliance department fumbled both matters.
Kornblut: Spurrier double dips in Florida . Good to see the HBC ratcheting up his personal recruiting here at the end, where it counts the most. Sounds like he had a busy day.
Cocky Country: Katie Dzwierzynski is Making The Case For Steve Spurrier As Coach Of The Year. While you're there, check out her roundup from yesterday's NCAA business, and her open letter to Connor Shaw.
ESPN.com: Steve Spurrier signs through 2015 . Most of you have seen this already. Fortunately, the HBC and AD Eric Hyman did not repeat the poor visuals of last year's raise without extension. No matter what the fine print says, the HBC's contract must always extend four years unless we want to just hand a great negative recruiting tool to our rivals.
ESPN SEC Blog: If you didn't see it, check out Chris Low's blog entry: Spurrier's work at South Carolina not done. I think he may just stick around even after Marcus graduates - a lot will depend on how next year plays out, and the HBC passes Rex Enright as the all-time winningest coach at USC.
Husker Corner: Notes from Big Red's practice, with some commentary on SEC speed. Carolina starts practice tomorrow.
LOHD: Flounder serves up the tale of the tape on Nebraska v. South Carolina.
Gamecock Women's Basketball
Post & Courier: Congrats to USC head coach Dawn Staley on her 100th game as head coach, - as the Lady Gamecocks (8-2) crush SC State 66-21, the fewest points her squad has allowed during her tenure in Columbia.