TFP: Still waiting.
GoGamecocks: Hype fades to hard work for Gamecocks’ Shaq Roland. Does Steve, Jr. get enough credit as our WR coach? No. Next question? Also check out - Practice report: Waldrop, Stadnik target center job.
Brad Senkiw: Skai Moore poised to be star of Gamecock defense.
Post & Courier: Spurrier praises offense following South Carolina's practice.
YardBarker: Video: Steve Spurrier Takes A Shot At Clemson For Holding Closed Practices. "Those Clemson guys won't let anyone watch ... they keepin' those secrets to themselves, up there, I guess ... Aiight? Aiight." Chuckle-worthy. So is this, but for entirely different reasons.
Sportstalksc.com: Phil Kornblut interviews USC President Harris Pastides about the post-Obannon landscape.
Gamecock Pride: 16 and Counting: The D-Line in Fall Camp. I am the only one really liking Gamecock Pride? It's far superior to its predecessor, Gamecock Anthem.
The Big Spur: A.J. Cann and Mike Davis make J.C. Shurburtt's Preseason All-SEC team. I think he is sleeping on Skai Moore, IMHO.
Gamecock Central: English adds weight, looks to fill Clowney's shoes.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Rex Grossman joins the Browns. If you had asked me yesterday, I'd have said that Tyler Thigpen was pulling away from Connor Shaw, but Thigpen apparently struggled at camp and graded out poorly against the Lions. What does this mean for Shaw - who by all reports was having a strong camp until the Family Day Scrimmage last week [and did not see any snaps in the Lions' game]? It's hard to say and no one outside the Browns' front office can be certain. I feel on safe ground saying that I don't see any scenario where the Browns retain four QBs on the 53 man roster; so if they had faith Shaw was going to make the final cut, then why sign a 34 year old like Rex - who has amazing experience, but hasn't started since the 2008 season (with the Bears in relief of Kyle Orton)? On the other hand, if Thigpen was decisively better than Shaw, absent some financial component why not waive Shaw? Maybe Shaw was third, but they felt they needed a better option at third? Either way, both the Browns and Grossman emphatically deny that Rex has been brought in to be a mentor for Johnny Manziel and it's equally clear Hoyer and Manziel are still fighting for QB1. If I were a betting man, I would say signing Rex will make it that much harder for Connor to find a roster spot. But nothing will surprise me out of Cleveland, to be honest. At least Rex and Connor can trade stories about the Head Ball Coach.
WLTX- Columbia: Former Gamecock Allen Pressed Into Lineup. The Jets *stole* Antonio in the 7th round. Why do NFL Scouts consistently underrate and downgrade Gamecocks?
Sporting News: Clemson, South Carolina thrive in nation's most underappreciated rivalry. Well, one of us is thriving in the actual, you know, game itself.
SEC Storied: The Stars Are Aligned - Darius Rucker. This will get you pumped up.
Greenville News: Gamecock fans stir at Fluor Field.
Leftover Hotdog: The General thinks The SEC Network is going to be awesome. I'll have to see for myself; the fact Paul Finebaum and Tim Tebow are the principal faces of the network already has set my teeth on edge that even Joe Tessitore can't fix (and for the record, no, I'm not a Tebow hater). I already miss Bob Neal and Talkin' Football.
Scout.com: An active duty Navy SEAL is trying out as a walk-on for the Northwestern Wildcats football team. Just awesome.
SBNation: Words simply fail.
The Stale Feed
Scout.com: This is sort of half-stale/half-fresh - seems like we have had our eye on our newest recruit, Joseph Charlton (K) for well over a year. I read somewhere today (lost the link) that Charlton is a three star, but he was unranked on ESPN, Scout, 247 and Rivals when I last checked.
Justin King Video: From last month but worth a watch - SEC Football 2014.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Melvin Ingram finds a rhythm. Hoping the big fella catches his big break.
Saturday Down South: If you've been hearing jibber-jabber about the Aggies holding a midnight "Yell Practice" on our capitol steps, it was true as of last week. Not sure how I feel about it, but I'm leaning towards "thumbs down" ... on the one hand, I don't really care; on the other it seems a might disrespectful. I am reminded of how Alabama fans rented several billboards around Columbia (at least one, possibly two, within eye-shot of Willy-B) emblazoned with "Roll Tide" back in '93. How do you feel about it? Leave a comment or take the Poll.