COMPUTER STOLEN AT USC -- NOT A PLAYER'S FAULT
Well, perhaps we now know why the Auburn game was so close:
AUBURN, Ala. — A laptop containing Auburn’s offensive gameplan was stolen out of the team hotel by "a drifter," not as a conspiracy to help South Carolina out, coach Tommy Tuberville said Sunday.
The laptop was lifted from the offensive meeting room while players and coaches stood around following dinner on the eve of the Tigers' 24-17 victory Thursday night in Columbia. The thief was caught on video nabbing the expensive computer, which Tuberville valued at $15,000. ...
"It didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the game," Tuberville said. "It didn't have anything to do with it at all. I heard it from a lot of people insinuating that it was a conspiracy. It was not a conspiracy. Somebody needed some bucks, and I hope they got more than $100 because it's worth a lot more than that."
Tuberville said the laptop only included the South Carolina gameplan and practice footage from that week, much of it available to anyone with a VCR or TiVo. He said the laptop has been replaced.
(Forgive the sighs, but Gamecock fans have a reason to be nervous when we hear "stolen computer.")
Give Tuberville credit for one thing. He had an easy excuse for the close loss -- "The thief ate my homework" -- and didn't take it. As far as the computer and its contents being "worth a lot more than" $100...
Tommy, you did watch the South Carolina-Auburn game, right?