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I started posting on the old Gamecock Nation Dot Com message board after I retired in the year 2000. That site was run by Rusty the Rooster.I'm not sure how that board evolved, but I do remember some conflict with a board which I have deduced to be "TOS" while posting here on The Big Spur. I should say I think it is the same board. It's the one with "Central" in it's name.So I'm thinking GN Dot Com spun off from TOS. As the years went by many other boards sprang up which is natural given the excitement now manifested in Carolina's golden age of football. When Rusty's old site went down, I started posting on a spin off called OOTS as well as Gamecock Anthem. Occasionally I'd check out Cocky Talk whose posters may or may not have spun off from TOS. I don't know. I have only speculated that the Jolley's were the guys who were instrumental in Gamecock Anthem at first. How did TBS get started? I think it would be cool if somebody who was involved from the very beginning of Gamecock Sports boards would step up and give their opinion as to how they all evolved. It would be extremely interesting to me and perhaps other posters here as well.
I cannot speak for how every board came into being.
I started posting on the old Bailey board around 1995 or 1996. After a while, one of the moderators (and friend) Ercoupe (aka Coupe) asked me to help him start a new message board, which we did. It was named Fighting Gamecocks Forum (FGF). We moved it eventually to be part of what is now Gamecock Central. I believe it still exists.
No idea how the others you mentioned started. Cockfather and JC started The Big Spur.
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Didn't know you helped start GC. Started it and still came over here. How odd.
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Plano or Coupe would both be qualified to do so. My own board history is Gamecock Fighting Forum that Coupe founded and evolved into Gamecock Central,used Plano's Page 3 for recruiting and then the Big Spur in its original form until the present.
FGF was prior to Central. Brian wanted to add a message board to the site and Coupe and I agreed to move FGF over there. The technology, etc. was better. We did not receive money from it, even after it moved to GC....and once it moved, we were no longer the owners of it.
I came here because of the great coverage.
I think in 2002 I found Gamecock Nation board. Then went to central. Then to TBS when it was independent board and followed it to ESPN then 247
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Plano, you're too modest, you are one of the Godfathers of recruiting info. Your Plano's Page 3 board was what got me (and I'm sure many others) hooked on, and needing their daily recruiting scoop! What years did you run that board, and was there another one before that? And the original FGF was excellent too, up until it moved to GCC and quickly turned to trash. The technology on GCC might have been better, but the info and "tone" of the board was far superior when you & Coupe were running it! I followed it and Rusty's board (through several iterations) both faithfully until Rusty's board finally died. Rusty was a character! Any idea what happened to him? Anyway, in my humble opinion, those two boards together provided great info and some interesting drama! They were definitely the best pre-TBS boards. The period after Rusty's board died, and FGF moved to GCC were the "lost years" of Gamecock sports boards......Many, many, many thanks to JC & crew for starting TBS and delivering us from recruiting purgatory! But back to my original point...Plano, many of the folks on this and other current boards have no idea who you are, but all of us Gamecocks recruiting fanatics owe you (and folks like Coupe & Rusty) a great deal of thanks for starting this great hobby!
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Roger Coggins, our very own RCSpur had the Cockpit as well. It eventually merged with Gamecock Central. That was a great board. In fact, when the two sites first merged, three boards were available:
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This post was edited by floodcock 14 months ago
Left to right: Reed and Blondie,
Cockbert can give the best history of the old boards, But here is mine.
We gamecocks didn't even have a board till late 1995. Taternet and e-mail groups were the only way we had info. The Bailey brother then started usccocksdotcom. There Kercock and the bailey's as well as Ercoupe were mods. After a split caused by the Brother's having a lot of other projects and tension between mods, Coupe Started FGF under sportsonly server.
Rusty split off and started TheDuce. It later was backed by Allsports.com and later became scouts and then the Jolley's took over and renamed it Gamecock Anthem when Rusty had health issues. The Cockpit was the original Scouts.com board and Rusty took the scouts board spot from Cockpit which had Roger Coggins as it's insider. As for FGF Coupe Gave the board to Shoe in 97/98 who had started GamecockCentral. Gamecock Central was independent until shoe merged with Rivals (Which was started by the same group who now own/run 24/7. I joined JC and Keith as Photgrapher when they started TBS in 07. JC gives a great timeline of it above.
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Many thanks to JC, Tony, Plano, JW, WG, Wes and all of you.
Plus 1 ^^^^^, as well as others like CockFather, JBK, RC, and many more.
Great topic by the OP, especially for those of us who have followed the recruiting boards since their infancy. This history really makes me appreciate even more the product that JC, Tony, and crew provide to us here! There were some good boards in the past, but THIS is easily, hands down, the absolute best Gamecocks sports site ever!!
It has been a fun ride. I remember sitting at work waiting for when Tony would come on FGF to answer questions (before he was Tony, but I can't remember his handle) I guess that was around 2000 or so.
Can anyone give an update on Coupe? I exchanged emails with him a few times, but I haven't seen him post for many years that I can remember. Is he still on TOS?
This post was edited by nc_chanticleer 14 months ago
I first started posting on All Sports Talk that Kevin Cohen had in Columbia. It was supposed to be neutral but it quickly became more of a Gamecock board that Clemson board. I still post on PSR that is where a lot of the old AST posters went to when AST shut down.
Thanks for the kind words.
As you know, PP3 was not a message board. It was just a recruiting information site. I do not recall the exact years, but something along the lines of 1996-2002. It was a fun hobby, but one that took up way too much time, so I finally shut it down.
FGF was a separate site, but since Coupe and I ran it, there was a close connection between the two. Running a message board in those days was a royal pain in the butt. Coupe and others did most of the moderating, which required great patience and diligence. At first we had no passwords, then once we added passwords, for a while people could still post using different handles with one password. Porn posts were not unusual, etc. It was crazy at times.
Coupe is doing very well for 84. His wife has had a few Strokes but, she is resilient as they come.
She is also a saint, IMHO.
There should be much gratitude from all of us to the ones already cited plus Russ Perry. All of you dug the well from which we now all drink. I certainly appreciate all of you who posted the history. I am sure there is intrigue that could be culled from each of your stories to form a book.
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