Buckshots: 1999 Gamecock Flashback

1999 Gamecock Media Guide

1999 Gamecock Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

Tbone puts the 1999 Gamecock football season into perspective as I’m sure no one ever has, quoting Shakespeare, poet Edith Wharton, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And it all comes together perfectly to put that dreadful season in its proper perspective.

Not only that, but for you young Gamecock fans who were either too young, or had not yet reached your peak fandom by 1999, Tbone absolves you from any of the burden from that season. It is, as he says, “our gift to you”.

The 1999 Gamecock Flashback is  an absolute must listen, an emotional ride through a dark, dark time. But it is indeed a time worth remembering.

Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 1998 Gamecock Flashback

1998 Gamecock Media Guide

1998 Gamecock Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

Tbone fills in for Buck and takes us through Brad Scott’s final season as Gamecock head coach, a dreadful 1-10 campaign.

After a season-opening victory over Ball State, USC would slog through the worst season in the program’s history (a designation that would last all of 12 months). Tbone tells us about Gman’s ominous prediction after the first game, a loss to new D-1 member Marshall and their green polyester-clad fans, and listening to the Ole Miss game in his car at the beach – which I think qualifies as a clinical sickness.

Also, in 1998 a gentleman named Billy Reed from Kentucky wrote an unforgettable (believe me, we still haven’t forgotten) article about what a huge mistake it was to invite South Carolina into the SEC, basically because we were such pathetic losers. We have lost a total of two (2) football games to Kentucky since that article was written.  (If anyone has access to the contents of that article, please contact us, we’d love to post it.)

The season culminated with a loss to a 2-win Clemson team in probably the most forgettable game of the series. Both teams would have new coaches when the 1999 season began.

It’s a scene man. Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 1997 Gamecock Flashback

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1997 Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

The Brad Scott era at USC continues its slow fade in 1997, dropping to a 5-6 record. At least with the 6-5 in 1996 we had victories over Georgia and Clemson, but not so in ’97. The season could’ve turned out better, but a devastating knee injury to quarterback Anthony Wright against Tennessee forced 165-lb. Vic Penn into action.

Penn fled the program to Central Florida after the Clemson game, largely because he couldn’t throw the out (1:36:37 here). In that Clemson game, despite a blazing start by Troy Hambrick (TD’s at 22:10 and 31:50 here), we lost primarily due to Brad Scott making one of the worst calls in coaching history (1:05:50 here).

(Note: also fun to see Wally Burnham of USC matching defensive wits with Reggie Herring of Clemson. Two of the most hated defensive coordinators in the state’s history.)

Still, 5-6 was a picnic compared to what was coming.

Click here, or click the link to listen, and enjoy!

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TRC Quicktake: The Howard’s Rock Vandalism Verdict

Moments ago a verdict was announced at the Circuit Court in Pickens, South Carolina.  The trial, which took almost a full week of court to bring to conclusion, was the State of South Carolina vs. Micah Rogers.  The charges were Malicious Damage to Property and Grand Larceny.

But you probably know it as the Howard’s Rock Trial.

The trial centered on whether or not the state could prove that Mr. Rogers (a professed Clemson fan) damaged the venerated monolith and remove a significant chunk of the South’s Most Famous Doorstop.  Expert testimony was offered during the trial that the rock in question was actually an orange quartz, not a sandstone or limestone deposit as would be expected if its claimed desert origin were genuine.  While not explicitly stated, the fair conclusion from the expert was that Howard’s Rock is, and always has been, a fraud, and was probably just a throwaway field stone that a friend of Frank Howard (or Howard himself) built a cute lie around.

Regardless, it appears from the verdict (Guilty on Malicious Damage to Property, but Not Guilty on Grand Larceny) that the jury believed Mr. Rogers committed the dastardly act, but that the property he carried away was not worth anything.

Put another way, today’s verdict stands for the proposition that it’s wrong to damage another’s property, even when that property is worthless.

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Buckshots: 1996 Gamecock Flashback

1996 Media Guide

1996 Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

Brad Scott hoped to answer some questions about the Gamecock program in 1996, but another up and down campaign had fans scratching their heads. Despite smoking hot starts by QB Anthony Wright and RB Duce Staley, and victories over our top rivals Georgia and Clemson, we finished with only six wins and no bowl bid.

Two of the more memorable moments of the season were this run by Duce Staley against Georgia, and this run by Troy Hambrick against Clemson (do NOT miss the fan at the :29 mark) that provided the winning points.

Find out how the rest of the 1996 season played out in this edition of Buckshots. Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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Surprise Presser Reveals Very Little New About Spurrier, Or Anyone Else For That Matter

Speechless. (Photo: thestate.com)

Steve Spurrier’s unexpected press conference this afternoon lit up the college football world in a way that only a Spurrier press conference can do. In contrast to his vanilla performance at SEC Media Days last week, today’s address (directed at “Carolina fans” thank you very much) included his most direct statement to date on his age and how much longer he thinks he has, a couple of grenades lobbed at the at the media, and even a reference to Attila to Hun.

The response was immediate and varied. Most South Carolina fans lauded the coach’s speech and praised him for his commitment to the program. Clemson and Georgia fans predictably called him a crybaby and a desperate old man among other things. Much of the media response was positive (folks like Chris Low and Tony Barnhart pretty much love Spurrier no matter what he says or does). Folks from the main offending parties according to the HBC – The State and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  – remained silent on the topic from what I could tell. (Editor’s Note: Mark Bradley published a very reasonble and measured response as I was writing this.)

Only a few hours later did the first real negative media response come, from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who called Spurrier petulant, paranoid and (gasp) old.

I have news for you – Steve Spurrier was petulant, paranoid, and (depending on your perspective) old long before that press conference today. This was not some new version of the HBC, a crazy old man yelling at clouds in the middle of the day. This was the Steve Spurrier we’ve come to know and love over the last 25+ years.

A Steve Spurrier who isn’t occasionally petulant and paranoid is no Steve Spurrier at all.

You think HBC having a beef with the media is something new? We all remember the Ron Morris kerfuffle. But Spurrier has had similar spats with multiple media members dating back to his days at Florida. Here’s an article from the Tampa Bay Times in 2012 during his feud with Morris.

You think this is because we went 7-6 last year and he’s frustrated? I don’t know his motivations this time around, but I do know the Morris situation took place when we were undefeated and ranked #3 in the country.

What I’m trying to get across here is the Steve Spurrier who stood in front of the cameras today is the same Steve Spurrier we’ve always known. He’s just a little older, and because people are obsessed with when he’s going to hang up the visor they’re trying to read something into today that simply isn’t there.

I loved watching the HBC today. I think he actually looked a little younger to be honest. He looked energized and excited. He actually gave me a little hope about the upcoming season, and maybe even a season or two beyond.

There were no media responses to this event that should’ve surprised us. No barbs from our rivals that should’ve surprised us. No words of support from the Gamecock players or fanbase that should’ve surprised us. Everything we’ve seen and read should’ve been expected.

But the least surprising thing about today is being reminded of the person Steve Spurrier is and will continue to be. He is the Head Ball Coach, like him or not. He really doesn’t give a shit.

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Buckshots: 1995 Gamecock Flashback

1995 Media Guide

1995 Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

Coming off the first bowl victory in school history, and returning on of the most prolific passers in school history, hopes were high for the 1995 edition of USC football. Unfortunately, the Gamecock defense was the story of the season, making stars out of three SEC running backs along the way.

Click here, or click the graphic, to hear how the season played out. And enjoy!

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Buckshots: 1994 Gamecock Flashback

1994 Media Guide

1994 Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

The year was 1994. Sparky Woods was out, Brad Scott was in. And believe it or not, there was great hope for the Gamecock football program.

Scott had coached for eleven years under Bobby Bowden at the premiere football program in the country, Florida State. He was coming off a National Championship there as the offensive coordinator, and at that time we believed he was the man who would make us competitive in the SEC.

The year certainly had some bumps, namely East Carolina and Mississippi State, but we had a big win in Baton Rouge, and the season ended with a thumping of Clemson and our first ever victory over West Virginia.

We were on our way…or were we?

(Editor’s Note: Bob Fulton was in the booth for 43 years, hence the Clemson gift of jersey #43. Didn’t explain that in the episode.)

Click here, or click the Buckshots graphic, to listen to Buck’s review of 1994, and enjoy!

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Buckshots: 1993 Gamecock Flashback

1993 Media Guide

1993 Media Guide

This series of audio blog posts recapping every season since 1987 were originally posted prior to the 2013 season and are sponsored by our friends at Blue Moon Disk.

Tbone steps up to the mic to review the 1993 Gamecock football season, the last for head coach Sparky Woods. The season starts with a high: the Brandon Bennett leap in Sanford Stadium, one of the most memorable moments in Gamecock history.  But a series of lows, including a 55-3 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville and another season-ending loss to Clemson, were too much for Woods to overcome.

(Note: On the media guide cover, #86 is Matt Campbell. He had a very average career playing tight end for USC, but went on to have a solid career in the NFL from 1995-2001 as an offensive lineman.)

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TRC Unleashed Episode 76 – The Return of the Chickens

We’re back for our first podcast in six months, and shaking the rust off was a little more difficult than we thought it would be. Regardless, we powered through, covering some of the events since January, but mainly focused on SEC Media Days and the upcoming football season. We also took some incredibly insightful Twitter questions, and had a little fun along the way.

(Please forgive the first five minutes of Tbone and Gman audio, hang in there it gets better.)

The show is available on iTunes right here: https://t.co/zmcMBoku3J

Or you can click here or click the graphic to stream, and enjoy!

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