Before I left the house Tuesday for post-practice, I re-tweeted a brief from Georgia camp, where coach Mark Richt wasn’t going to talk about the disciplinary action facing his kicker until it got closer to the Bulldogs’ season-opener against Clemson.
Of course, it brought to mind Steve Spurrier’s riff last year, where he said he always looked forward to playing Georgia early in the year because the Dawgs usually had one or two guys suspended, but it also brought to mind how quiet it’s been around USC lately.
It’s been more than a year since the Gamecocks last had a player arrested, and that guy (Tanner McEvoy) transferred soon after. As hard as it is to have a football team of more than 100 players and not have a few bad apples in the bunch, that shows that the Gamecocks, by and large, are doing what they need to do and staying out of trouble.
Over the summer, a prime opportunity for headlines, USC either stayed out of the trouble spots in Five Points or simply didn’t do any of those normal college activities that one expects from normal college kids.
There’s been talk of “targeting” in the past, to which I once wrote that as unfair as it is, it happens. When it does, USC players needed to recognize that it’s not going away and to not give authority figures any reason to bust them. That seems to be happening, which has to please Spurrier — it would be an egg-on-face scenario if Spurrier wisecracked about an opponent’s dalliances and then turned around and saw one of his guys show up in the mug book.
That’s not happening these days.