Category Archives: ‘Cock Envy

Today, in it just means more

When you’ve got time on your hands at a Gamecock tailgate

The double entendres ought to write themselves on this one.

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Today, in be careful what you wish for

Evidently ours isn’t the only fan base that’s having issues with the in-game experience.

After the Gamecocks lost 23-13 to Kentucky last Saturday in their first home game of the season, a host of issues popped up from the team’s fans, including water pressure issues in Williams-Brice Stadium, long lines at concession stands and the volume of the music played by the disc jockey the school hired to play home games this year.

“I have received a lot of questions from you about our D.J. and the volume of the music,” Tanner wrote to fans. “Modifications will be made for the next game, and we hope that you can find the sound level more enjoyable. We will continue to monitor the impact of the D.J. as we move through the season and make adjustments as needed.”

At least Tanner felt a need to acknowledge the dissatisfaction.  His head football coach, on the other hand, doesn’t have time for that shit.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a solution for the game day issues that caused athletics director Ray Tanner to send an explanatory letter to fans Tuesday morning.

“Winning can solve a lot of that,” Muschamp said.

The crap we’re willing to endure, in other words.  Of course, for Boom, only one thing really matters about this.

D.J. A-Minor played music before the game and during some breaks in the game. Many fans complained the volume was so low that the music could not be heard well. He was stationed on a stand in front of the section where the team’s hosted recruits sit.

Muschamp said the team’s recruits “seemed to like” the addition of a D.J. and the music selection.

Always be recruit… wait — fans were complaining the volume was too low?  ‘Cocks, you don’t realize how good you’ve got it.  Come to Sanford Stadium if you want your ears to bleed.

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The Academy Award for most dramatic flop goes to…

If only Penn Wagers had been around to appreciate that fully.

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“I’m not going to be the Twitter police.”

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley decided to take a little pride in his team on social media and promptly got the kind of feedback that makes you proud to be a fan of college football.

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley made some waves in the offseason, giving a few confident thoughts about how his team stacks up with national champion Clemson. Predictably, this got him a fair share of flack on social media.

And a couple unlikely users led the way.

“It was crazy,” Bentley said. “These two elderly ladies always killing me on it. That’s part of the reason you stay off Twitter.”

Only in America.

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When playing “Sandstorm” twenty times a game isn’t enough

This’ll have ’em knocking down the stadium gates to get in.

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp believes Gamecocks fans will see a more exciting product in their seven trips into Williams-Brice Stadium this fall. USC marketing director Eric Nichols believes they’ll hear a more exciting sound, too.

That’s thanks to the live disc jockey the school will hire and place in the stadium for pregame and in-game entertainment this season.

“Our music wasn’t where it needed to be. It just wasn’t resonating with any segment of the fan base. It needed a refresh. The new DJ will provide that refresh,” Nichols, the school’s senior associate athletics director for marketing and branding, told The State newspaper. “Everyone’s pulling the same direction that recruiting is our No. 1 focus. With that being the direction, it’s a natural fit.”

That’s what you get when you have a senior associate athletics director for marketing and branding.  This is the kind of branding I can do without:

The DJ also could interject music between plays, although all the details haven’t been decided on, Nichols said.

“It’s not like we’re going to play music between every play, but we will be learning from Game 1 to Game 7 what resonates with the fans and the players,” Nichols said. “I expect it to be very positive. The music is an area that we needed to improve, and we are putting human resources and financial resources into making it better.”

Better is a relative term.  Is it reasonable to expect that as the season tanks, the musical interruptions increase?

They’ve got another position called associate athletics director for new and creative media.  That guy’s gonna crank out more in-game videos.

Evidently, the brain trust in the South Carolina athletic department is sold on distracting Gamecock fans from watching the game.  I hope nobody in Athens gets similar ideas.

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Making the world safe for coachspeak, one step at a time

I know you’ll be as relieved as I am to learn that another trite marketing expression is being preserved for the greater benefit of mankind.

Since the beginning of his tenure at South Carolina, head football coach Will Muschamp has used the phrase “Spurs Up” to signal new prospect commitments or as a general rallying cry for the fan base.

Muschamp has credited his wife, Carol, with thinking of the phrase. Since then, “Spurs Up” has been an integral part of the lexicon for USC fans on social media . Muschamp’s Gamecock Club speaking engagements were branded as the “Spurs Up Tour” and the football staff’s most significant recruiting events are labeled as “Spurs Up Day”.

Now, the university will look to protect the brand further with a trademark of the phrase. USC first filed for a trademark through the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March of 2016.

“Once Coach Muschamp started using it in earnest, we wanted to start to protect it,” said Eric Nichols, who is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Marketing & Branding/CMO at USC.

Man, that’s a relief.  What a load off my mind…

 

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Think of the reserve fund.

Greg McGarity emphatically does not approve of this message.

South Carolina athletics is undoubtedly a business as it expects to both bring in and spend more than $120 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Revenues are expected to increase but so are expense in the upcoming year, according to athletics director Ray Tanner, who gave his expected budget to the Board of Trustees on Friday.

South Carolina has expected revenues of $121,852,857 the upcoming fiscal year and are expected to spend $102,900,953 and transfer $18,254,306 back to the University. [Emphasis added.]

Not a penny retained?  Damn.  Makes you wonder if Georgia would pursue a uniform policy for all SEC athletic departments about profit retention.  Though I guess McGarity might settle for a state law…

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