The Swamp prepared the #Gamecocks for future road games


The short-term results of the Gamecocks visit to The Swamp were disappointing. But maybe the Gamecocks experience is money in the bank.

I hoped the noon kickoff might suppress the Gator crowd. I quickly realized it was stupid to dream the Florida crowd would not be ready. This was an SEC East Championship elimination game. Florida is SEC. Big time atmosphere for the Gamecocks final conference game of the 2016 season. The Florida crowd was lit.


Next year, the Gamecocks travel to A&M, Georgia and Tennessee. Those crowds will be just as electric.

There’s another road game this year too. It may not match Swamp fan craziness, but Clemson certainly is the most intimidating crowd in the ACC. Spend it there.

Judging by the post-game comments, the Gamecocks are banking this one.

#Gamecocks Head Coach @CoachWMuschamp emits Muschampisms


Muschampisms. They are like Spurrierisms only better. Last week’s press conference was great. We learned a new word, tripley. This week’s post game presser was even better!

First there was the snooker reference about @Lammons_1’sĀ bad luck, “the rub of the green.” Muschamp next describes what to do to an opponent when you have a two-score lead,Ā make them bleed. Finally, we get two a rat analogies.


Electronic Devices For Coaching Purposes Coming in 2017. Are @CoachWMuschamp and the #Gamecocks ready?


On March 8, 2016, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes.Under the new rule, use of the devices is restricted to the coaching box and locker room during the game. Tech-savvy, tablet-equipped coaches will show players how to improve their game.

Panel members also approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during the game. However, that equipment will still be prohibited on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home institution is responsible for ensuring identical television capability and identical video and Internet connectivity in the coachesā€™ booths of both teams.

Use of electronic devices also approved by Playing Rules Oversight PanelĀ These changes start with the 2017 football season.

The scope of coaching allowed on devices is unlimited. A coach might use video to spot flaws in an individual’s blocking and tackling execution, then use a device to illustrate and correct poor fundamentals. Or a staff might use the tablets to show and explain opponent schemes. Coaches will figure out reactive plans and use tablets to clearly communicate them to players with video and illustrations. Tablet screens in a coach’s hands willĀ be mirrorredĀ and shown to players on a television using airplay and bluetooth, connecting the device (I like the Apple iPad) via something like an AppleTV connected to the TV via HDMI cable. This will take the concept of making halftime adjustments to a whole new level. Coaches skilled with Football Coaching Apps will have an advantage over peers.

Tennessee is moving forward to take full advantage in 2017.

The halftime meeting room at Neyland Stadium will be adjacent to the locker room and roughly 8,800 square feet while featuring a wall that can be raised in 30 seconds to separate the offense and defense. It will also feature multiple televisions, whiteboards and coachesā€™ rooms with acoustic treatment.

Tennesseeā€™s Neyland Stadium To Include Halftime Room Capitalizing On NCAA Video Rule

I’m guessing Tennessee will install wires, ports, and a television or two in theĀ visiting team’s halftime lockeroom. But I doubt the visiting team will have 8800 square feet of room. Nor will Tennessee likely provide opponents tablets, Apple TVs, bluetooth speakers, or the like. Equipment managers will need to pack the coaching devices and hardware to connect up and transport it on the road trip.

Tennesseeā€™s Neyland Stadium To Include Halftime Room Capitalizing On NCAA Video Rule

Missouri Has the Fourth Best Offense in the Southeastern Conference


Through 8 games, Missouri has been prolific on offense.Ā In total offense, they are ahead of even Ole Miss, a team with probably the best set of wide receivers and the best quarterback in the SEC. The Tigers average over 490 yards per game.

However, the statistics may be deceiving. Against their conference opponents (Georgia, LSU, Florida, and Kentucky) and in road games, it has been a different story for the Mizzou O. There’s a similar story, but notĀ quite to the same degree, for the defense. Check out these split statisticsĀ .



Leave no doubt. @GamecocksFB is the most electric football environment in the world


The South Carolina #Gamecocks crowd last Saturday night proved once again that night home football games in Columbia, South Carolina, are the greatest. The atmosphere was out of sight.

My Gamecock brethren and sistren might object, but I think Clemson night games come in a close second. On October 1, I watched the impressive display of crowd electricity the Tigers demonstrated at theirĀ Louisville Ā game. The Clemson crowd was good, but it came up just a bit short compared to the Gamecocks crowd last Saturday night.

Why are the South Carolina and Clemson crowds so wild? The one element they both have in common is South Carolinians. Our heritage from the earliest days here is one of partying. When the 1600 and 1700s Lord Proprietors attempted to lure colonists to the new world, they did so for otherĀ colonies with arguments about starting a new life or of religious liberty. For the Carolinas, or Charles Towne to be more specific, the argument was about the society. It’s in our blood. It’s infectious. We have a genetic advantage over other places.

The Southeastern Conference affiliation tips the scale for the Gamecocks over Clemson. It gives our crowds a slight but decided edge. The ACC simply lacks a coherent cultural identity. Not so for the SEC. Playing conference opponents from the tradition-rich SEC is just better.

Agree or disagree, the crowd last Saturday night (October 26) for the Tennessee game was fantastic.

#Gamecocks @L2L_ME Celebrates in @JungleBoi_Swagg Style


Sometimes a 15 yard celebration penalty can spark a team. One such moment was in 2012, when @JungleBoi_Swagg tossed the ball into the stands after a pick six against Arkansas. Tommy scolded Swearinger. But Todd shouted him down, “Who cares! Who cares!.”

In a 2007 win over Florida, Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldog team drew a celebration penalty. Richt used the celebration as motivation. Coach Richt said, “I told them if they didn’t get a penalty for celebrating after the first score I would be mad at them.”

The Ju Ju Beat celebration penalty by KC Crosby last night was worth it. ItĀ highlightedĀ the Gamecocks upset win over pre-season SEC East darling Tennessee. It’s the kind of 4th quarter celebration that carries momentum over to the future. It’sĀ a signature moment for theĀ Gamecocks.Ā Thank you K.C. Crosby.