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SEC Arrests By Team

Today, 10:59 AM

Kirby Smart has had an interesting first six months at Georgia.

He began his tenure splitting duties between two teams, as he possessed both the title of Georgia head coach and Alabama defensive coordinator while leading the Crimson Tide to a 2015 national championship. He’s also had to deal with six of his players getting arrested, two of which have been dismissed from the team (Chauncey Rivers and Chad Clay).

Georgia leads the SEC with six arrests in 2016 as of June 30, 2016. The Bulldogs had only four players arrested in 2015 after seeing eight players have trouble with the law in 2014.

Overall, 20 SEC players (enrolled in the university at the time of arrest) have been arrested thus far in the new year, compared to 23 at this point in 2015. Nine teams have seen players charged with arrests, with Arkansas, Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all avoiding trouble with the law.

In the first three months of the calendar year, seven SEC players were arrested or charged — the lowest total since 2011 when arrestnation.com began tacking the arrests of professional and college coaches and athletes.

Perhaps the biggest arrests of 2016 were Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Laurence “Hootie” Jones. Robinson and Jones were arrested last month after an officer found stolen weapons in the vehicle Robinson was driving. Both players were charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Neither player will be prosecuted for their arrests in Louisiana, as district attorney Jerry Jones said: “I refuse to ruin the lives of two young who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working out and sweating, while we were all in air conditioning.”
Forty-two SEC players were arrested or prosecuted last season, which was down from the 67 in 2014. Through the first six months of the year, the conference is on pace to finish with fewer arrests in 2016.

Here are all of the SEC football arrests from 2016 thus far:
  • Cam Robinson (May 17): Possession of stolen firearms, possession of controlled dangerous substance
  • Lawrence “Hootie” Jones (May 17): Possession of marijuana, illegal carrying of a weapon in presence of narcotics
  • Byron Cowart (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Carlton Davis (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Ryan Davis (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Jeremiah Dinson (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Chad Clay (June 22): Theft by taking
  • Chauncey Rivers (May 11): Felony violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, keeping drugs in a container, parking in a parking spot designated for persons with disability
  • Juwuan Briscoe (April 23): Failure to wear a seatbelt, driving without a license
  • Chad Clay (April 12): Possession of weapon in a school zone, second-degree criminal damage to property
  • Julian Rochester (April 12): Possession of weapon in a school zone, second-degree criminal damage to property
  • Jonathan Ledbetter (March 20): Underage possession/furnishing alcohol, possession/making a false ID
  • Will Thomas Collins (March 4): Alcohol intoxication, criminal mischief, theft, fleeing and invading
  • Jason Hatcher (Feb. 22): Speeding, trafficking in marijuana (eight ounces to less than five pounds), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Anfernee Mullins (April 8): Simple assault
  • Terry Beckner Jr. (Jan. 20): Possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana
  • Rod Taylor (April 3): Suspicion of shoplifting
  • Breeland Speaks (March 4): Suspicion of driving under the influence (first offense)
  • Alexis Johnson (Feb. 17): Aggravated assault, False imprisonment
  • Speedy Noil (April 1): Driving without a license
No arrests: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt


Carolina Coaching and Recruiting Spend Breakdown

Today, 08:09 AM

Head Coach:

Will Muschamp - $3,000,000

Assistant Coaches

Travaris Robinson - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs- $750,000

Kurt Roper- Co-Offensive Coordinator/QBs - $700,000

Shawn Elliott- Offensive Line - $500,000

Lance Thompson - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line- $500,000

Bryan McClendon - Co-Offensive Coordinator/WRs- $450,000

Coleman Hutzler - Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers- $350,000

Bobby Bentley - Running Backs - $300,000

Mike Peterson - Outside Linebackers - $200,000

Pat Washington - Tight Ends - $200,000

Total for on-field coaches: $6,950,000


Kyle Krantz - $100,000

Scott Spurrier – $61,200

Demarco McNeil - $80,000

Omar Young – $80,000

Ellis Johnson - $60,000

Shaq Wilson - $61,200

Total for analysts: $442,400

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Jeff Dillman - Director of Strength and Conditioning - $400,000

David Feeley - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach - $100,000

Joey Blake - $70,000 - Director of Football Nutrition

Aurmon Satchell - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach- $65,000

Roy Upchurch - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach – $60,000

Cedric Williams - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach – $60,000

Total for strength staff: $755,000

Support Staff/Recruiting Office

Robbie Liles - Director of Player Personnel - $200,000

Jamie Speronis - Associate AD/Football Operations - $185,000

Jessica Jackson - Director of On-Campus Recruiting - $100,000

Kristen Sheetz - Director of External Communications - $60,000

Bryan Turk - Assistant Director of Recruiting- $60,000

Clyde Wrenn - Director of High School Relations- Salary unavailable

Charity Grady - Coordinator of Offensive Operations - Salary unavailable

Carina Hargreaves - Coordinator of Defensive Operations - Salary unavailable

Known total for support staff: $605,000


RIP Rolando Howell

Today, 05:54 AM

Former USC basketball player died yesterday do to complications from a broken back.

He had an accident in May that made him paralyzed.

He is one of 5 McDonald All Americans to play at Carolina.

He was 34 years old.

Sad day for Gamecock Nation.

More "Proof" UGA is GHEY!!!!

14 June 2016 - 08:09 AM

Georgia freshman QB Jacob Eason, who’s equally enchanting tossing a football as he is when tossing his hair, followed in Fournette’s footsteps and took out $5 million worth of insurance for his majestic mane on Monday.

The two plans, each worth $2.5 million, cover Eason’s hair from both catastrophic injury and damage that would lead to him falling from his projected NFL Draft spot.

The approval of the second policy was unexpected since the NCAA-backed policy, which will kick in at the beginning of summer practices, is only supposed to be given to those who have shown potential to be selected within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

Of course, Eason hasn’t even played a collegiate game yet for the Bulldogs, but an exception was made for 2016’s top-rated, Pantene Pro-V-using pro-style QB.

“We don’t know where he’s going to be taken in the draft yet. No one does because we haven’t seen what he can do on the field,” said an executive with NCAA’s travel and insurance who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“But we do know that he has a gorgeous set of locks. We also know the value that style, fashion and overall appearance can bring to the broader entertainment market. These guys are thinking bigger than football today.”

The timing is interesting considering this year’s season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” which includes former Vanderbilt quarterback (and brother of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers) Jordan Rodgers. Rodgers’ charisma and sweet talk have been on display, but not more than his impressive hair.

It’s not clear if Eason is considering an appearance on the long-running ABC reality show as a backup plan to future NFL ambitions. Eason would be a worthy follow-up to the impressive lineage of SEC-related personalities. Prior to Rodgers’ appearance, Aaron Murray’s brother Josh was the last man standing on a recent “The Bachelorette” season. And who can forget trailblazer Jesse Palmer, who was the first professional athlete to star on the show in 2004?

We reached out to Eason’s dad, Tony Eason, former college football player at Notre Dame, to discuss the move, but he was not available for comment.

Alternatively, former New England Patriots quarterback Tony Eason (unrelated) was happy to chime in on the subject.

“Are we really talking about a kid’s hair? In my day, if you washed your hair in the locker room with anything other than a bar of soap, you were hazed for weeks. One time, some rookie walked in during training camp with a whole bag full of hair products. We held him down and emptied every can of hair spray he had into his eyes while he screamed in agony. These millennials act like the NCAA might let them play without helmets if their hair is pretty enough or something. I wish it would let them.”

Player protection in the world of college football is a new trend, but the 6-foot-5, 211-pounder from Lake Stevens, Wa., could be pioneering an even newer one for players wanting to insure specific body parts.

However, that practice is commonplace among celebrities. Eason says his inspiration to do so came from singer Mariah Carey, who took out a $1 billion insurance policy on her legs in 2006 with Lloyd’s of London, a prominent specialty insurance firm.

Eason, after consulting with his hair physician, didn’t feel comfortable agreeing with the company after learning that former USC receiver Marqise Lee sued the firm for not paying out an LOV (Loss of Draft Value) claim last year.

“We just wanted to make sure it was in the best of hands,” Eason said. “I talked to Marqise because he had experience with them, and plus he’s a West Coast guy like me, you know? He understands how important hair protection is, and he just praised me for fighting to bring awareness to that.”

Eason then pushed the NCAA to add body part insurance, and it wasn’t long before his wish was granted. Of course, the fear is that insurance companies will try to find a loophole to deny payment, such as non-contact-related conditions like split ends or helmet hair.

Nonetheless, the five-star quarterback has already made his presence felt on the field in Athens as he battles senior Greyson Lambert and junior Brice Ramsey for the starting spot.

Eason entered the team’s spring game in the second quarter to an explosion of cheers — and boos since he put his helmet on to take the field — before going 19-for-29 with 244 yards, 1 TD and no interceptions.

His performance came in front of 93,000 fans at Sanford Stadium, an SEC record for spring game attendance. That was something first-year coach Kirby Smart had been pushing for all spring.

“I thought Jacob looked phenomenal today,” Smart said. “His hair had volume and just looked healthy overall. He also threw the ball pretty well.”

Obligatory disclaimer: This was a satire.

:trollface: :trollface:


First three Gamecock Kickoff Times Announced

07 June 2016 - 01:36 PM

Kickoff times and television for South Carolina’s first three games of the 2016 football season have been announced, including the home opener against East Carolina, which will be a late afternoon kickoff.

The Gamecocks season opener at Vanderbilt, which was previously announced, is set for 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and will be televised live by ESPN.

Sept. 1 at Vanderbilt 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 10 at Mississippi State  7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sept. 17 EAST CAROLINA 4 p.m. (SEC Network)

South Carolina went 3-9 a season ago and is heading into its first season under head coach Will Muschamp.