Galloway, Spinella to Transfer and Other Tusings

Tusing: In case you missed it last week, stands for Tuesday musing. From now on you’ll just have to assume I misspelled something.

Word just came down that Stephen Spinella and Ramon Galloway have decided to leave the South Carolina basketball team and transfer.

First, let me address Spinella. I have to admit, I bought in to Spinella as a kid whowas a sleeper, but wasgoing togradually improve over his four years at USC and ultimately hit some big shots for us in meaningful games as a Junior and Senior.

Unfortunately, after a 15-point effort early in the season againstRadford, he completely disappeared.He lost confidence in himself, and ultimately lost the confidence of Darrin Horn. His brief appearances in SEC games in 2011 weredownright painful. He looked lost, and quite frankly a little frightened.

Iwrote at the end of the season that we needed some attrition from thisteam, and Spinella was the obvious choice.His leaving is not a surprise.

Galloway leaving, on the other hand, is quite a surprise, and an unpleasant one. Horn made a “disappointed” comment in regards to Galloway’s seasonafter the final home game, but I didn’t seethis coming.

"You know Ramon, those SoCon schools can get you to the NCAA's quicker than us."

Galloway was never going to be the star of this team, but he seemed to fit the sixth man role quite well, providing instant offense at times (but also went into a prolonged slump late in the season) and good energywhile on the court. He is only goingto get better, and I hate that it won’t be in aSouth Carolina uniform.

Unfortunately South Carolina basketball appears to be a sinking ship, and Galloway decided to grab a life raft while he could.You would hope anaverageteam atthe beginning oftheyear would be slightly above average by the end of the year. Instead, we became arguably the worst team in the SEC over the last month ofthe season.

Damien Leonard better be the second coming of Ray Allen, or we’ll be scouring theNCAA tournamentin 2012forournext head coach.


  • With my bracket in shambles – and don’ttell me yours is too,because it can’t be as bad as mine – I’m pulling hard for Butler and VCU to continue to move on. If they don’t, we’ll just be relegated towatching the rich (Kansas, UNC, Duke, OSU) get richer.
  • So, any news on Stephen Garcia lately? This dude continues toget hammered in the media, and yet he is on pace tobreak all kinds of career records at USC. Inten years, we’ll be looking back fondly and remembering how much fun Garcia was to watch, and his warts will make him all the more endearing.
  • Nooooooo, the AJC has no agenda in the“Lorenzo Mauldin oversigning saga”, none at all!
  • Think Steve Spurrier isn’t having fun being the coach at South Carolina? Then read this. I haven’t fielded a single question lately about how much longer he’ll be our coach. I wonder why?
  • From T-bone – is MartayMaddox the next Arturo Freeman? Or the next TaquiyMuhammed?
  • Also from T-bone – shorts or skirts look better on women than jeans. But women wear jeans all the time now. What’s up with that?