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The Feed Pail: October 9, 2014

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Limping into the Bye Week.

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TFP -  "Well ... bye."

Kentuckysports.com: Twisting the knife, but does he have a point?  As Spurrier gave in to ego, Kentucky stayed grounded.

The Big Spur: Spurrier gives fans license to (complain). "When we can’t cover kickoffs and we can’t do this, that and the other, it’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed at times the way we play. If we play smart, fundamentally sound and get beat, maybe we can live with that. Let’s give it our best effort. We’ll keep pushing to see if we can get the best effort out of these guys."  Plus Fields is rock solid to South Carolina. And - Time to see Connor Mitch (from yesterday).  Damn straight it is.

Blitzedthinker's Blog: Thoughts From A South Carolina Gamecock Fan.  "Despite the fact we've lost more games this year than we have in any season since 2010, this is still the 'Feel Good' era of South Carolina football" A good read and heartfelt.

O'Burg Times & Democrat: Welcome to rebuilding 2014: Reality for Gamecock football.

Gamecock Central: Spurrier: Turnaround takes team effort.   Plus - Players-only meeting boosts confidence (w/video).

College Spun: Steve Spurrier Expresses Frustrations On Radio Show: "Hopefully We Can Win Enough To Go To A Bowl Game".   We hope so, too, Coach.  What's your plan to take us there?

Post & Courier: On Gamecocks' defense, everything is up for review by David Caraviello.

GoGamecocks.com: Steve Spurrier: ‘We’re strugglers ... It’s been a struggle for me’ by Josh Kendall.   Plus Despite setbacks, teammates haven’t lost faith in Thompson.

Greenville News: Ward hopes new tactics boost USC defense by Willie T. Smith III.

Saturday Down South: Brett Weisband writes In season of disappointment, Gamecocks haven’t delivered on promise.  He asks if we're the biggest disappointment in the SEC.  What do you think?

Sportstalksc.com: On their bye week, what are the Gamecocks talking about? Post-practice audio.

Garnet Report: Can the Gamecocks Still Win the East? Not without some sort of Groundhog Day / Edge of Tomorrow time travel deal where we can replay Mizzou and UK over-and-over until we finally hold the opponents in the 4th.

Gamecock Cereal: Unwind Wednesday: 10.8.14.  A new feature - Reece Funderburk hits Rixon Lane with five questions and five minutes to answer about the state of the Gamecocks.  Do you agree that Whammy going upstairs is not a slam on DB position coach Grady Brown?

GamecockPride: Inconsistency - The Name of the Game by Amber Pennycuff.

Gamecocksonline: Baseball Weekend Scrimmage Schedule - all three scrimmages are open to the public.

The Daily Gamecock: Volleyball looks to have SEC breakthrough by Dalton Abel.  Plus - Women's golf look to build on No. 1 ranking this weekend by Claudia Chakamian.

Palmetto Recruiting: USC commitment Wilder out with knee injury.

Aiken Standard: Hey - this looks pretty good! Artist draws on Sir Big Spur’s Gamecock spirit in new print.

MrSEC: If you ever wondered why State Trooper from across Dixie travel to away games for the favorite SEC and ACC teams, this is the reason.   I guess this is the counterpoint to the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium security body slamming a Bama fan after the game.  Cross the Chattahoochee River and the crazy gets amped up by a factor of 10.  In case you think I'm being uncharitable - here is more proof.   Fortunately, Gus won't need extra security when the Cocks come to the Plains in a few weeks.