FIRING AWAY, 07.18.07
A busy day for Gamecock football sees more money for the Head Ball Coach, more word on the punishment for Quintin Richardson and a most accurate portrayal of our starting QB.
--Payday moves for Spurrier. As expected, the board of trustees approved a restructured contract for the Head Ball Coach, making his contract years run January-December instead of July-June (which is how most government years run). Both sides say it just makes sense, and Spurrier plans to end his seven-month-long delay on signing the deal.
As for Spurrier, the 62-year-old said he remains happy at USC and plans to sign the amended contract "in the next day or two."
"It wasn't any big deal," Spurrier said. "I was just trying to get it the right way."
--Quintin's fate with USC policy. Spurrier said Richardson's punishment for a marijuana arrest will follow university policy. In the same link: Eligibility issues might be working themselves out, with LB Curtis Rice out due to injury, things looking good for WR Joseph Hills and LB Melvin Ingram, and DBs Arkee Smith and Akeem Auguste still waiting.
--Robert over at Third Down Draw has the word on NCAA 08. Obviously, the game's makers have studied Blake Mitchell very, very well.
First drive, he goes 4-4, 58yds, 1td. He then proceeds to go 0-12 with FOUR PICKS over the next two and a half quarters. ... My roommate comes home from the bar and so we play Gators-Gamecocks. Blake torches the UF defense for about 295yds, 3tds.
No word on whether he tries to get underage women into bars.