UPDATE:ESPN.com’s Ted Miller thinks the admiration for its OOC schedule and five bucks will get the Pac-10 an iced latte at Starbucks, and urges the conference to dump the round robin schedule(h/t EDSBS). I still think the conference championship game is the more likely route, but I get his point. (Of course, it might have helped if the conference hadn’t been skunked by the Mountain West last season.)
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he knows why Captain Munnerlyn and Emanuel Cook fared so poorly in last weekend’s NFL draft.
They were lied to.
Munnerlyn, drafted in the seventh round by the Carolina Panthers, and Cook, not drafted at all, were convinced by agents, family members or other people they trusted that they would be selected fairly high and earn seven-figure signing bonuses, Spurrier said.
But does he think they regret their decisions to forego their senior seasons? Not a chance.
“Nah, they all get misled,” Spurrier said Tuesday night to a small group of reporters before the start of the Charlotte Metro Region Gamecock Club meeting at Nation Ford High School. “They all think they’re going to be first-rounders.”
Spurrier shrugged off comments by former offensive linemen Jamon Meredith that his tumble from the second to the fifth round may have been attributable in part to unflattering comments made by the South Carolina coaching staff to NFL scouts…
So the OBC is trashing his former players and the former players are complaining that the coach is trashing them. And Spurrier doesn’t care. My friends, this is Phil Fulmer’s wet dream. You’ve got to feel for the guy being out of a job right now, don’t you?
If this turns out to be a reasonable approximation of where the preseason polls start every school out, it looks like Georgia will have an immediate chance to move up in the polls pretty dramatically this year.
John Swofford may get a chance to go mano a mano with Joe Barton. Given that Barton thinks he won this exchange, if I were Swofford, I’d be prepared for the “where did football come from?” question.
I heard him interviewed on one of the local sports radio shows yesterday afternoon and it was fun to hear him talk about how life has blessed him. After all, he’s a guy who started a handful of games in college, none in the pros, yet claims a Super Bowl ring and a starring role in one of the iconic moments of the Georgia football program.