‘You had all offseason. What did you do?’

Let’s check in to see how the locals are embracing Year Four of the Boom Era ($$), shall we?

Tori Gurley, who played wide receiver at South Carolina in 2009 and 2010 and has worked as an analyst on the SEC Network and NFL Network, posted a video on Twitter on Saturday night suggesting the team should be evicted from its fancy new football facility until it plays better.

On Monday, he told The Athletic he stands by that statement.

“It’s the truth,” he said. “If I lied, anyone is open to challenge me on it. You go out and give all these young men shiny bells and whistles and for the most part, these young men didn’t work for it, and it can make you soft. That’s sad to say, but that’s how it goes. Hopefully, they can start worrying about winning football games instead of what jersey they are going to wear or some hype video on Instagram.”

Gurley even took a shot at football building’s recording studio, which is named after USC alum and recording artist Darius Rucker.

“Since when is having a Darius Rucker studio going to make you a better football player?” he asked. “If you want to go be in the band, go be in the band. You’re there to win football games, and that’s what we want to see. Pull back on the distractions so guys can worry about the task at hand.”

Yeah, that’s going well.  But not to worry, ‘Cock fans.  Agent Muschamp has some sage advice for you.

“… Let’s try to rally to win games. That’s what we’re going to do as an organization so help us win games. That would be my message (to fans), go help us win some football games.”

I really hope if the ax falls, that Muschamp blames the fans at his farewell presser for not doing enough to help the team win.  Too bad they don’t have a buyout clause.

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32 responses to “‘You had all offseason. What did you do?’

  1. dawgtired

    So Muschamp is saying his players need the fans’ enthusiasm, to reach the motivation they need?

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    • Derek

      He is saying that is what they can do to help. Fans can do a lot to fuck things up, but the only thing they can do to help is: show up and cheer for their team. USCe fans in particular should be well accustomed to cheering dutifully for a loser.

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      • Down Island Way

        boom was saying “there is Santa Clause and theres buy out clau$e”…rally up cause he won’t be there in december

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  2. Biggen

    Man that schedule is brutal. And then you drop games you aren’t supposed to drop. Hard to imagine it ends well. But he doesn’t have that nice buyout clause…

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  3. Sides

    A clean break from Bentley is the best thing to happen to this team. I get why Muschamp stood behind Bentley but that offense has sucked for a long time. The offense behind Bentley was going to sink this season eventually (I expected it against Mizzou or KY). Now Muschamp can completely move forward with 2 talented QB’s behind Bentley.

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    • practicaldawg

      The only problem with this analysis is that Boom has never had a good QB. At UF, I thought it was bad luck. Now I’m realizing he’s just not going to put a system in place to develop QBs. Bentley went nowhere after his freshman season.

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    • JCDawg83

      If the backups are better qbs and haven’t been playing, doesn’t that say something about the intelligence or ability of the coaching staff? If they haven’t been able to beat Bentley out of the position they may not be as talented as some think they are. I’m not sure playing the backup is going to make things better.

      Agents Muschamp and McClendon are doing excellent work.

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    • PDawg30577

      Here’s my question: If it turns out that Bentley’s out for the season, can he get a medical redshirt and return next year? If so, wouldn’t that be a kick in the ass? I mean, what are you going to do, deny the kid if that’s what he wants to do, especially since his dad’s a coach?

      Awkward.

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  4. Dawg93

    If I’m a SC fan and I hear a comment like “go help us win some games”, I would lose my ever-loving mind. That’s the type of comment you typically hear from a coach who is eventually fired at year-end.

    He may be a good football coach but I think it’s obvious he’s not a good HEAD football coach.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      one thing I have never heard in discussions about South Carolina football is that its fans are not supportive enough.

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    • Doug

      “Coach, I heard what you said after the UNC game, and as a Gamecock fan, I want to help. Please let me know what I, as a fan, can do to keep y’all from blowing another 11-point fourth-quarter lead. I’ll hang up and listen.”

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  5. Boom: “If I’ve lost Tori Gurley, I’ve lost the Cock Nation.”

    Gurley is the same guy who embarrassed himself with his guarantee that the Lamecocks were going to beat us in Columbia last year.

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  6. practicaldawg

    On Finebaum the other day, some poor SC fan called in to say he’s been a SC fan since ‘98 and has only seen 3 good seasons. He wanted to know when he would see another. I guess Pawwwl didn’t have the heart to tell the guy he’s literally seen the peak of SC football.

    But it’s truly inexplicable how a team could have a fanbase and expenditure like SC but continue to extend a century of bad play on the field.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      SC fan to another: “Remember that time George Rogers ran for a touchdown? Yeah…that was cool.”

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    • Doug

      Only three “good” seasons? I’m assuming he means the back-to-back-to-back 11-win seasons they had under Spurrier?

      Man, for a program that had accomplished precisely 1) jack and 2) shit for the better part of a century, Gamecock fans got spoiled real quick if they think 11 wins is the bare minimum to be considered a “good” year. Yet another program that acts like football didn’t exist before Spurrier showed up on campus.

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  7. Bulldog Joe

    My guess is they were in the studio playing Fortnite against the FSU guys.

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  8. Cojones

    What was the spread against NC, 3.5? Their coach is multiyear experienced with the big boys as well, so acting as if you shouldn’t lose the game and several more is folly. They lose to an ACC team every year. So, instead of losing early in fans’ minds, plan on pulling a Ga St Panthers on your state rival.

    Asking the fans to show up en masse ain’t a good idea until you have this winning thingy down pat. But you better stop whining, start coaching and playing your heart out before you are inundated by a Sandstorm that turns into quicksand. You may be headed for rock bottom this year, but fortunately for you that’s already taken by Tenn and you may have to wait your turn.

    Btw, there’s a Red Clay Hound digging a hole for your ass right now so you had better get busy. Sides, we expect you to deliver this message.
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    • JCDawg83

      The chickens were a 7.5 point favorite against UNC and the chicken faithful were fully expecting a two touchdown win. UNC was 2-9 last season and hadn’t beaten a P5 opponent in an opener in 10 tries.

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  9. Uglydawg

    Honestly, we’re kind of gloating over SC’s misery (not that I’m complaining about that).
    In the past we’ve talked about what a bitch it is for someone not named Steve to go there and recruit against C, Ga and UF. We’ve talked about SC’s imaginary tradition and success..and we know that for the most part it’s going to be this way there. I think Muschamp needs to get out of the region to recruit talent. He should hold camps in Michigan, New Jersey….places where kids might be interested in moving to South Carolina to play in the SEC. As it is, he has too tough of a job as SC is cornered in there and recognized by regional kids as a not-so-great program. With TN and SC both in dire straights, we can hope that UF is right behind them.
    OR>..SC could trade conferences with Clemson and make things the way they should be.

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  10. Doug

    Tori Gurley may be a loudmouth (and an inferior Gurley), but in this, at least, he’s not wrong. You can criticize a school for spending millions on ridiculously advanced cryo tubs or training equipment, but at least that stuff’s meant to help players get stronger and healthier. I have no idea what exactly a recording studio is supposed to accomplish, other than provide a temptation to do something other than prepare for the next game.

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  11. UGA '97

    coaches can’t keep us in the “fans” card. At least Taggart blames water, muschamp should be more original and blame the sandstorm.

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  12. Tori Gurley has become someone that makes loud mouth very vocal “LOOK AT ME” predictions and statements. I remember him more for his brief media career than his playing days, which tells you all you need to know. While I respect the grind, and he seems to be getting some traction from it… he lost all credibility when he guaranteed a SC victory over UGA last season. Clown comments.

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  13. Spike

    Poor Boom.. so overrated.. if Holtz and Spurrier can’t get it done there..Boom sure isn’t.

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    • PDawg30577

      I was first thinking that he still had a tiny bit of honeymoon/new-guy capital left in the bank, but it just hit me that he’s been at USCe four years. My God, where does the time go?

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  14. All this coming from a guy who never won shit.

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  15. Macallanlover

    I think part of the problem with evaluating/benching Bentley was his father being on Boom’s staff. The kid came in as a very young freshman and played well in the back half of a bad season. Media and fans loved the story and put him on a pedestal as a savior. He has been average, at best, but maintained his job. Couldn’t deliver, and the running game couldn’t take pressure off of him. I thought the new FR QB looked promising in the spring game and would take over the job before the end of the season anyway. (The “mysterious” foot injury, occurred sometime after the game as he was wasn’t limping off the field. Fans/reports are saying he broke his foot kicking a locker after the game in a tantrum.)

    The comment from Boom has this as a back story: after the game, disgruntled SC fans were trying to organize a boycott at the stadium this weekend as a way to protest the poor performance of the team and coaching staff, and show their disgust. Others were trying to stomp that disorganized effort out before it got off the ground. Boom’s request for the fans to help was intended to let them know the team needed them at a time like this. It is hard to fault the fans given the level of support they have given, even in an 0-11 year.

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