Monday, March 26, 2018

Brownell is not the answer for Clemson hoops.

Rob thinks we need more from Clemson hoops. Check out this bit from the latest show.




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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Coach Earl Grant interview

Rob got a chance to interview Coach Earl Grant from The College of Charleston yesterday. Check out the interview with the Cougars head coach.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The truth about Strength of Schedule in College Football.

It seems like every day I notice fans arguing before the season starts about who has the toughest strength of schedule. I have said this on the show before...none of it matters until the entire season has been played. This is the only way to know if your team played a tough schedule...or a schedule of cupcakes. The only thing you can really bash a schedule for in the preseason is if a team schedules small schools from conferences like the Southern/Big South Etc.If you are in a power 5 conference you can't help who your conference opponents are. You also can't help who your rotational opponents are.The trick is to wait until the end of the season and see where it all shakes out.

I write this because I have seen a lot of gamecock fans running mouths about the Clemson schedule for next season. These same fans are under the illusion that they played a tough schedule last season.

Look at the South Carolina schedule from last season. The gamecocks at the beginning of the season looked to have a tough schedule. They had games on the road at Tennessee as well as Clemson and at Texas A&M and Georgia. The home schedule included a game with Florida. The AP Poll had Clemson ranked 5th,Georgia 15th,Florida 17th and Tennessee 25th in week 1. That looks like a tough schedule! Then...as my podcast hero Bruce Prichard would say...the bell rang.Here is how the opponents on the gamecock conference schedule finished up the season.

First the bad...

Florida ended the season 4-7 overall 3-5 in conference play..they fired their coach.
Tennessee finished 4-8 overall and did not win a conference game....they fired their coach.
Texas A&M finished 7-6 overall 4-4 in conference play...they fired their coach.
Arkansas finished 4-8 overall 1-7 in conference play....they fired their coach.


The gamecocks picked up 3 wins from these teams who by the time they got to the gamecocks pretty much knew the season was shot.

Now for the good.

Georgia finished 13-2 overall 7-1 in conference play.

Outside of Conference play the gamecocks got a good win over NC State the wolfpack finished 9-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play. They lost the rivalry game to Clemson for the 4th straight season 34-10.
The Tigers finished the year 12-2 overall 7-1 in conference play.

This is 2 of the gamecocks losses on the season.

The gamecocks also picked up wins over LA Tech who finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Conference USA.

The gamecocks other wins on the season came over Vandy <5-7 1-7> Mizzou <7-6 4-4> Wofford <FCS>

They also lost to Kentucky at home...the wildcats are going for the thumb after winning 4 straight against the gamecocks.

The final win is over Michigan in the Outback bowl. I think that may have been the most impressive win on the schedule.

It wraps up like this...2 good wins? Michigan and NC State.
2 losses that were blowouts to teams that the gamecocks were completely overmatched.
1 loss to Texas A&M who had more depth and pulled away late.
1 loss to Kentucky who is once again going for the thumb this season.
1 win over Wofford an FCS School.
1 win over Vandy...who won just 1 conference game.
1 win over a mid tier Conference USA team.
1 win over Mizzou.
3 wins over dumpster fires that changed coaches.

Those 9 wins look paper thin to me.

Once you break it down like that..it makes you wonder how gamecock fans can run mouths about schedules.

The trick is to look as the season ends. https://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/ranking/schedule-strength-by-other has the SOS at the end of the year.

Here is the rundown since 2014

2014
Clemson is 29th
South Carolina is 30th


2015
Clemson is 4th
South Carolina is 41st

2016
Clemson is 3rd
South Carolina is 59th

2017
Clemson is 4th
South Carolina is 48th


The proof is in the numbers. Gamecock fans think about that...when the season ends Clemson finishes with more wins...and they play a tougher schedule. If you are a Clemson fan share this with your gamecock buddies. We have to educate people if we want them to be better.














Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Calloway's Sports Bar and Grill Bracket Challenge





March Madness is here and once again we are running a bracket challenge sponsored by Calloway's Sports Bar and Grill. Be sure to check out their website and their incredible menu.

The contest costs $20 to enter and the winner takes home all the money. The bracket challenge is run through ESPN.com. When registering and paying your money it is important to provide the email address where you want the contest link and password sent. If you have any problems email me at thepeskypole6@gmail.com

You can also join us live at Calloway's Sports Bar and Grill in West Columbia on Wednesday night March 14th. We will be doing our bracket picks live and you can enter the contest there while enjoying food, drinks and everything Calloway's has to offer.

The tournament starts on Thursday, March 15th at Noon. We will stop taking entry fees and registration at 10 AM on on March 15th. Good luck


A Change in Memphis? The Coaching Carousel keeps on turning...

Rumor has it that Tubby Smith may be on his way out in Memphis. Smith has a highly decorated coaching career. Smith won the National Championship at Kentucky in 1998 ,won the SEC tournament 5 times and had 5 SEC regular season titles. He also had stops at Tulsa,Georgia, Minnesota and Texas Tech. Just 2 seasons ago he was named the Big 12 coach of the year. Smith headed to Memphis looking to bring the Tigers back to the great days of earlier this decade when they were winning 24+ games under Josh Pastner. Pastner <a John Calipari disciple> left the Tigers after the 2016 season and went to Georgia Tech. The carousel gets weirder now. Tubby Smith may be on the outs after he made comments about players transferring...saying that it teaches them to quit. Is it hard to argue that? I think that if a player makes a choice to go to a school they should stick with it. The problem that I have with Tubby though is he is at his 6th different coaching spot. What kind of message does that send to the players? He may leave..he already has done that 6 other times.
Here is the weird thing for me though..Memphis is looking to replace Smith with Penny Hardaway.

Yes this Penny Hardway.


I loved him when he was throwing dimes to Shaq in Orlando. Who can forget Lil Penny?



The sad thing is..Memphis may be doing this because Hardaway coaches high school ball in Memphis. He also coaches an AAU team that has 3 top recruits on it...that are not on the Memphis radar. You think he may not have the ears of these young men? College basketball is corrupt...I am not sure how I can fix it. I just know it needs something.
The coaching carousel...its always...a soap opera.




What are your thoughts? How would you fix the disaster that is college basketball?


Game by Game Picks from Rob and The Comrade

Pick by Pick for South Carolina and Clemson Rob has Clemson going 12-0 Comrade Has Clemson losing to Texas A&M and finishing 1...