Southeastern Conference football under the lights. What could be better?
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin took in Saturday night's Georgia-South Carolina game in Columbia, which was won by the Gamecocks by the surprising score of 35-7. Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray and linebacker Christian Robinson were in for a surprise when they return to Athens. The house they shared had been "egged and rolled," Robinson said on his Twitter account.
There are more photos from Saturday's festivities after the jump, or you can click here to view Greg's full gallery.
Big expectations at South Carolina, where Steve Spurrier has entered his eighth year as coach. Spurrier lost only 12 Southeastern Conference games in 12 seasons at Florida, and he has already lost 27 at Columbia. But in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, Spurrier is back on top because the Gamecocks have won a combined 20 games in 2010-11.
South Carolina's Steve Spurrier uses his bully pulpit to call out Ron Morris of the Columbia State on Tuesday rather than talk to the columnist privately like a man. Then he picks up his toys and walks out of the news conference.
Spurrier returned later, only to see Morris still in his seat. Then he left the room for a second time.
Meanwhile, former starting quarterback Stephen Garcia has been dismissed from the team because of a failed drug test. Garcia, a senior, had been suspended five times before Tuesday. Spurrier, of course, issued a statement rather than face the press.
Perhaps Steve Spurrier still has the magic touch. After guiding South Carolina to the SEC title game last season, the Gamecocks are once again the team to beat in the SEC East. Another big reason to like South Carolina: eight home games.
Has Steve Spurrier delivered as promised, or do his Gamecocks consistently underachieve? South Carolina's 28 victories over the past four seasons ties the 1987-90 Gamecocks for the best four-year period in team history, but Spurrier's teams have faded down the stretch. In 2007, South Carolina was 6-1 and No. 6 in the country, then lost its last five. In 2008, the Gamecocks raced to a 7-3 record before dropping their last three. In 2009, South Carolina started 6-2 and finished 7-6, losing four of its last five, including a 20-7 setback to Connecticut in the Papajohns.com Bowl. Spurrier, 65, acknowledges the program is not where he wants it. "Our fans remember the UConn game and I remember the UConn game and we weren't very good. Don't tell us to forget because we're not going to forget it," he said. "We're going to try our best to never, ever have a performance like that again."
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters. South Carolina is poster No. 41 for 2010. Thanks to Eric!