We had a season-high number of participants on my Monday afternoon live chat this week, and almost all of them went to bed happy with the news that Connor Shaw is taking over for Stephen Garcia as the Gamecocks' quarterback.
The overwhelming sentiment of the people that I've heard from is that's exactly what had to happen, and those people are right. Coach Steve Spurrier said the same thing in announcing the move Monday night.
Spurrier also said it wasn't a hard call, and in one sense I'm sure it wasn't. Garcia has thrown six interceptions in the last two games, and the negative vibes when the South Carolina offense is on the field can be felt as far as the press box.
There's another side to this coin, though.
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There's a reason Spurrier buried Shaw so deeply on the depth chart after the East Carolina game. Shaw did not look ready to lead a team against a C-USA team, and there aren't anymore C-USA teams left on the schedule.
Shaw says he's confident, and Spurrier said Monday night that Shaw had a very good practice. Shaw also had very good practices prior to the East Carolina game. The pressure this week against Kentucky will be 10 times what Shaw faced against the Pirates.
How he handles that pressure could determine how the season goes for the Gamecocks. What happens if things go poorly again? Garcia probably takes over again, and perhaps the benching will have snapped him out of his doldrums.