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Bryce Sherman tweets his departure from South Carolina

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Twitter really is one of the more fascinating, useful and creepy technological innovations of the last, what, decade? Couple of decades?

Regardless of how you feel about the latest and greatest social media website, it is a useful tool for individuals (or tools) to instantaneously send out their most immediate thoughts to anyone willing to follow their account.  In particular, the Twitter accounts of athletes at both the professional and collegiate level are fascinating follows, whether you’re into the mundane of breakfast/lunch/supper foods or the potential for “breaking news” that may slip out thanks to the immediacy of the medium slamming headfirst into that innermost desire to vent.

The latter was the case for South Carolina wide receiver Bryce Sherman.  Or, should we say, former South Carolina wide receiver Bryce Sherman, as was played out in the player’s Twitter timeline Tuesday.  And as he helped — and encouraged — the media to find the story long before his school had addressed it.

The following are a few of the tweets Sherman sent out, beginning with the alert to the media that something was going down with his status in the football program; informing his followers that the media had responded; venting a little; and ultimately ending with his thanking Gamecock Nation for their support.

To sum all of that up, Sherman is apparently no longer a part of the South Carolina football program as he was told by the coaches that USC would not be renewing his scholarship because of behind-the-scenes stuff that you know damn-well has nothing to do with oversigning so y’all can just silence that anti-SEC noise right now.  The school, for the record, has yet to confirm his departure from the football team.

Sherman was originally on a track scholarship at the school (2008) before walking on to the football team in 2009.  In 2010, after becoming a scholarship football player, he averaged 20.4 yards on 35 kickoff returns and played in all 14 games for the Gamecocks.  He also, apparently, finishes his USC career with 11 carries for 55 yards and one reception for 48 yards.

Also, and apropos of nothing more than the David vs. Goliath nature of it, Sherman is listed at 5-4, 157 pounds on the school’s official site.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.