Since Don DeVoe took the Vols to
five straight NCAA Tournament bids (1979-83),
During that time,
Since 1983, the Wildcats have played in 18 NCAA tournaments, won 50 games and been to five Final Fours.
But they're 10-0 with only three
challenges ahead – games at
Twice in the past 10 years,
He hopes to change that – just as
he did at
``They haven't done much here,'' Spurrier told The Sporting News. ``That doesn't mean it can't change.''
Jerri Spurrier, Steve's wife, said: ``He's found that fire again.''
It was a fire that barely had a flicker after two disappointing years in the NFL.
``I admit it – it beat me down,'' Spurrier said of his NFL days. ``I did a lousy job. I was embarrassed for myself the way I attempted to coach. And I won't do it again, I can assure you of that.''
Spurrier used some of his salary to lure an impressive staff that includes four former Division 1-A defensive coordinators. He's been motivated by a strong fan base. But he's more humble, reserved, and not talking about a Fun ‘n Gun offense.
He is interested is helping 39-year-old receiver Tim Frisby, a retired military man who made the team as a walk-on last year, achieve some measure of success.
``We're going to get him a catch this year,'' said Spurrier, making a rare prediction since becoming a not-so-cocky Gamecock.
Jay Myers, former editor of Basketball Times, projects the SEC will have five teams in the NCAA Tournament with a sixth on the bubble.
As of last week, Myers had
While there is no question the ACC is much stronger than the SEC, he's got the ACC with just five teams: one seeds North Carolina and Wake Forest, two seed Duke, Georgia Tech an eight seed and Maryland a nine seed.
He predicts the Big East will have the most teams in the Big Dance: seven. He's got the Big 12 getting six bids.
Gregg Doyel, senior writer for SpotsLine.com, said a dozen college coaches are on the hot seat, and two reside in the SEC.
Doyel said recruits are beginning
to bail on Buzz and that if UT plans to keep Peterson, it needs to give him a
vote of confidence. He lists
Barnes won with predecessor Rob Evans' talent, Doyel said. He noted that Barnes signed his best class in November, but it might be too late. Possible replacement: Mike Anderson at UAB.
What Felton said sounded like a man speaking out of frustration.
Felton said he has found himself answering questions about the Bulldogs being ``a physical team and a dirty team,'' charges that he said aren't true. ``I'm disappointed because it is being sparked by disparaging remarks from around the conference recently, from opposing coaches and players.''
Felton said the remarks are ``dangerous and harmful to our ability to compete on an even playing field, and it's not fair.''
Gottfried wasn't happy after six Georgia players fouled out and Alabama shot 42 free throws in a recent contest: ``Everybody can choose to play a certain style. To me, that's not basketball.''
Felton said his team gets ``pushed around on a nightly basis because we're young and underdeveloped athletically'' and he was upset that Gottfried implied ``we're dirty or out to hurt somebody.''
Powell left the
Felton said Powell was grandstanding. Felton accused Powell of being a ``faker and a flopper'' whose antics border on ``cheating.''
In fact, Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Mark Story said the game isn't a rivalry because the Wildcats have won eight straight and 10 of the last 11.
Wrote Story: ``
``I don't know why they give him such a hard time,'' Perry said. ``He's a great player, obviously. He's one of the best in the league. I have a lot of respect for his game. He's a competitor.''
Junior safety Bobby Williams, who
Williams had flirted with turning pro early.
``Darren came to me and told me he was contemplating entering the NFL draft,'' said State coach Sylvester Croom. ``During that time, while he was deliberating, he violated some team rules.''
Williams is the latest in a mounting number of players signed by former coach Jackie Sherrill to be disciplined by Croom.
Four other players have been dismissed or suspended for disciplinary reasons. Also, eight others have left the team, transferred or plan to transfer. Still another, junior college cornerback Brian Staley, left after just one season.
That leaves the Bulldogs with 60 players on scholarship. Because of sanctions handed down by the NCAA for violations committed under Sherrill, State can have just 81 players on scholarship this fall, four under the maximum.
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Jimmy Hyams is a featured columnist in Tiger rag and the program director for WNOX in Knoxville, Tenn. Hyams, one of the most respected sports personalities in the SEC, can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.