Spurrier being Spurrier: Shaw to start at QB for ‘Cocks

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Oh that wild and wacky QB-psyche-eviscerator/Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier.  He’s at it again.

A move that’s been strongly hinted at by Spurrier at various points during the past couple of weeks — particularly lately — has come to fruition as the OBC has officially named Connor Shaw as his starting quarterback for South Carolina’s opener against East Carolina.  Of course, that means two-plus-year starter and lifelong dude Stephen Garcia will not be Spurrier’s man under center, at least for the opener.

That said, we willingly and giddily cede the floor to Spurrier for his beating-around-the-bush explanation of a decision that’s both remarkable and unremarkable at the exact same time because, well, the move personifies the quintessential Spurrier when it comes to the position.

“I said way back we’re going to have a preseason competition to see who the starter is going to be (the) first game,” Spurrier said this evening. “We’ve gone through preseason, so it’s over. The guy who rated the best was Connor Shaw. He played better than Stephen Garcia. Simple as that. So he’s going to start the game.”

Spurrier added that both QBs will play in the opener, with the coach saying that Shaw will play the first quarter and Garcia the second.  The quarterback or quarterbacks who will play after halftime of the season opener, or for the SEC opener the following week against Georgia for that matter, remains to be seen.

Again, though, the move does not come as that big of a shock, despite the fact that the true sophomore Shaw has started exactly 30 games less than Garcia — which is to say none.  Nor does it come, Spurrier said earlier in the week, as a result of any lingering issues from Garcia’s offseason shenanigans.  Rather, the coach said Garcia’s performance toward the end of the 2010 season prompted him to open up the competition during the offseason.

“His performance was not good enough in my opinion for us to say he’s our quarterback next year,” Spurrier said Wednesday. “In my opinion, I said we need some competition in there. We’re still having that. They both have earned the right to play this game. It’s based on performance.”

Mind games or not, Shaw is Spurrier’s starter Saturday.  How the rest of the season plays out will rest squarely on Garcia’s shoulder.  And the space between his ears.

Either that, or Shaw really is and will be the best option moving forward as… see, that’s exactly what the OBC wants.  Damn him…

Alleged victim of Tennessee WR Josh Smith threatens $3 million civil suit

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Earlier this month, Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith was charged with domestic assault following an incident at an off-campus house with his roommate. Now, the roommate is seeking damages of $875,000. If that sum is not paid, then the alleged victim may bring a $3 million civil suit to the court.

According to Jimmy Hyams of WNML, Kennedy Foster suffered a broken nose, broken teeth and damage to his eyes and right ear in the incident earlier this month that led to the charges filed against Smith. Foster sent a settlement demand letter to the attorney representing Smith.

“I’m not accusing him (Foster) of extortion, but that’s what it looks like,’’ Smith’s attorney, Keith Stewart said according to Hyams. “Given my understanding that Mr. Foster’s attempts to press charges against Malcolm Stokes were unsuccessful, it seems his motives are clear.’’

“I think when the truth comes out, Josh will be exonerated,” Stewart said of his client.

The deadline for paying the settlement demand is set for May 30 (tomorrow) by 5:00 p.m. and is to be delivered in the form of a cashier’s check along with a letter of apology for the incident. If the Smith family does not pay the requested sum, the legal team for Foster will move forward with a $1.5 million lawsuit seeking compensatory damages and a $1.5 million lawsuit for punitive damages. How either will hold up in court remains to be seen.

How some college football teams are recognizing Memorial Day on Twitter

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It’s not Memorial Day until the social media teams at college football programs start pumping out branded Memorial Day messages on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram. As expected, teams and conferences are busy at pumping out the social media content for their followers today. Here is a sampling of what has been seen so far.

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to read John’s annual Memorial Day post.

This Memorial Day, take time to remember

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(Reprinted and reposted with permission for an eighth straight year from, well, me.)

You have to admit that, despite the ongoing partisan slap-fights and political in-fighting and every other really crappy thing going on, we have a pretty damn good life, living in these United States of America.  It’s a far-from-perfect country, but, dammit, it’s ours.  Ours because our own have and will continue to shed their blood in the ultimate sacrifice.  Gave and will continue to give their lives, their hopes, their dreams so that we — and our children and our children’s children and their children — may live and realize ours and theirs.

As you go about your day today, doing whatever it is that you do on Memorial Day, take a second or two or sixty — or more — to reflect on what exactly this day is all about.

Please.  Just take a moment.  Take a moment to God bless those who have given so much.

God bless those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy day-in and day-out.

God bless those hundreds of thousands of millions who’ve lost fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in the ultimate sacrifice paid forward to every single one of us, for our freedoms.

And thank you — thank you, thank you, thank you with every fiber of my being — to those who continue serving this country and keep this great nation safe.

And, again, God bless families torn apart and made lesser by the heartbreaking losses, hellish and unthinkable holes in the soul that allow us to do whatever the hell it is we want to on this day and every other day of the year…

Iowa linebacker announces transfer

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Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has been known to have a program that could play some solid defense more often than not, but the depth at linebacker just got a bit more shallow this Memorial Day weekend. Redshirt sophomore Anthony Garbutt has announced he is leaving the program.

“After prayer, consulting with my family and Coach Ferentz, I have made the decision to leave the University of Iowa,” Garbutt announced in a statement on Twitter. “I am thankful for my years as a Hawkeye and will continue to support the franchise.”

Garbutt went on to announce he will make a decision after going through a recruiting process. No timeline for his decision was announced.

Garbutt still has three more years of eligibility remaining, although he has already burned one redshirt year after joining the Class of 2015 at Iowa. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will have to sit out the upcoming 2017 season and lose a year of eligibility in the process. He would be available to play immediately this fall if he transfers to a lower division football program.