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the whole thing was started by s.c. yardbird aka tom from north agusta, on aol. then one of the posters there named mverne took it over and put it on the whole internet. then mverne had to move to europe and i think that is when rusty the rooster took over. then there was a war and the split took place that led to gamecock central. the other fork i think just faded away. but the very first board was only on aol and there was about 5 people. if any of you know tom from north augusta, maybe heard him call in on sportstalk back in the day, he is the father of it all.
OotS started when Rusty went AWOL & the site he built up was at a crossroads. OotS became an alternative site that had both the good & the bad from the home of the Iron Fans of the Gamecocks. Tried other sites & found myself here. The home of both Tyler Hull & Steve Miller can't be all bad, could it?? I'm happy to find a place to learn more about the Cocks & be allowed my own brand of silliness.
Not StuckInYankeeland anymore...
I've been a member of the 3 main paysites (Anthem, Central and TBS) since 2006. TBS is the top of the recruiting/information chain IMO.
I loved the cockpit. GamecockGospel was one of the moderators there and Mike Ferrell was the insider. Roger alos contributed to the inside info. That was the home of Funky and Freehawk. Then Gamecock Central bought it and the madness began. The ray of light was and has always been Tony.
I actually thought about funding a new board, but JC, JBKingman and Cockfather beat me to it.
This post was edited by Bax 14 months ago
I wrote for gamecock sportscenter which became sports plus while they were up and running. Really enjoyed those sites.
This was a really cool thread to read. The first college message board I ever came across was tigernet. A clemson buddy told me about it. I immediately started searching for gamecock boards and found fgf. This was in late 90s. I still remember when I first found that board and thought I had hit internet heaven. Never have posted a lot, mostly just read, but dtayed on fgf andIandInsiders forum for years until tbs started. Still check other board but this is my home page. Cool to see the history of it all.
Hey now, I've been dormant for a little. But thanks for the compliment
I recall one of the early ones was "The Digital Roost". Pre-avatars, everyone got assigned a label. Seems like I was a "promising hatchling" for a while.
I recall a poster called Ogerface who always did a "meet your enemy" feature on the opposing team. Those were always well done. And I will always remember the "a conversation with..." Features on those old sites. Stanley Doughty and DeAdrian Coley memories. Old times there are not forgotten!
Very interesting info in this thread. I didn't realize Tony was a 247 sports employee. Are Whittle, Wes, and Gunther also 247 employees? From what I gathered in JC's post, he and Tony still own the site (did 247 get a piece of it in the agreement?), so I guess there's just some sort of agreement on the revenue share from subscriptions or kick downs for providing content that supplements the national 247 Sports coverage. This kind of thing fascinates me -- it's quite a business model.
One aspect that is interesting in looking at the timeline is how much all the growth over that period has legitimized the business of covering recruiting. It's absolutely mind blowing to think of how different recruiting was even just twenty years ago. It's a completely different game now.
It seems like all the main recruiting boards are part of the larger networks now. That surprises me a bit, as I feel an established outlet (like TBS) could still get a large subscriber base in their market and keep 100% of the revenue. While all the technology on the network is neat, I doubt it drives more than a mere handful of subscription decisions. I suppose national star rankings would still be a central focus even on an independent site though.
Anyway, the guys here do a really good job. I don't always agree with things, but there's so much interesting info to consume on this site. I know it must be quite frustrating at times having to deal with these recruits and their families/handlers to stay on top of the latest info, but they do it dutifully.
This post was edited by 09Gamecock 14 months ago
Love TBS... but will always have fond memories of Rusty's thoughts (even drove to Greensboro, NC's NASCAR Cafe to hear him speak at a GCC-sponsored luncheon) - along with everyone that's already been mentioned in this thread. But right now, I am smiling as I think about Trooper Del's agressive input ... and Minletcock always trying to get the absolute latest scoop on recruiting. Good times.
I worked for Mike Farrell at CocksFootball.com and left for GamecockNationof Scout to work with Rusty. He sure was a character.
Mike Baxter of SC Varsity took the site and hired Jeff Greene. Jeff and I worked at the same place for our regular jobs so Jeff recruited me back. Lots of drama behind the scenes so it made leaving Rusty's site easy.
We then named the site 'The Spur'. I was the insider and Jeff did something lol. We then created the Cockpit. We broke a lot of news back then. Spurriers hiring, McGee's retirement and tons of recruiting info.
We would've been huge but Rivals decided to bring on GamecockCentral. I stayed for a while and then left.
I could go on and on...
yeah 'Publisher'. Lol
This post was edited by RCSpur 14 months ago
I started out on the old scout.com board in 2002. I posted under the same handle, "MistaQ". I have a rivals.com handle but I rarely posted over there because the FGF was like a free for all.
The scout board before the split was a great board. We had some great battles over whether or not Lou Holtz should be fired. Then the rumors of Steve Spurrier and some Lake Murray waterfront property. Remember that? Or how about Spurrier getting a membership into Augusta National?
After the scout board split, I followed the group to OOTS. I was active there, but its been quite awhile since I posted over there. My signature still is a pic of the 2nd NIT Championship basketball team holding the trophy. Great group of guys. I need to visit OOTS soon, its been awhile. I also visit Cockytalk from time to time, but mainly post about non-Gamecock stuff. I don't even remember my last post on Cockytalk.
I found TBS by accident. I was looking at some recruiting stuff and I think I found the site through ESPN. This was in the early days of TBS. I created a handle but I don't think I posted anything. Some time later, I saw JC Shurburtt's name as an insider here and I think that's when I first starting posting. Then after Tony Morrell joined, I knew that this board had the dream team of insiders that had recognized from years past. Its been remarkable how much the site has grown over the last 4 or 5 years. I was skeptical about the site migrating to an unknown 247 sports, but obviously my skepticism was unwarranted. It was obviously a great move and 247 sports could become the industry leader in the very near future.
All of those past and current message boards have been with me through college, into the real world, into marriage, and into parenthood. That 10 year window has just flown by. I still remember the "Mr. Potato Head" avatars that the taters posters would have on the free scout board. Trooperdel was the #1 tater masher over there. R.I.P.
Giving my opinions on Gamecocks message boards since 2002.
I remember going to the Thomas Cooper Library to read Plano Page 3. Then to GCC when the FGF moved over, then to TBS as soon ass JC, Keith and then JBK started it.
I kinda wish Plano's early efforts would get a nod, like naming the VIP Room "Plano's Page 3." - But that's just me being nostalgic.
'Ol GG is on this board, just under a different moniker. Freehawk's "avatar" back in the Cockpit days used to say "worthy keeper of the holy hand grenade." We had fun with that.
Left to right: Reed and Blondie,
I'm probably younger than a lot of you, but I remember the good ole days with Teddykohncock on Rusty the Roosters site. Teddykohn is a good man, and I still remember that he prayed for me when I was back at USC during exam week even though we have never met in person.
I've also posted as uscone or uscone1 and certainly remember all of the screenames mentioned on this thread. Good times and it is the community that makes this journey of being a Gamecock fan worthwhile.
AST was a great board. Didn't you post under the same handle (minus the 03?) It was a shame that the "secession" to PSR ruined it.
Big t now posts in the fitsnews comments.
This post was edited by Thomas Sumter 14 months ago
That was gamecocknation. First board I joined. Chat rooms with rusty were great. I also liked the fact that Clemson fans were given mr potato head avatars. I've actually managed to keep the same avatar since the nation days.
Somebody mentioned gospel posts on this board? Stand up and be recognized. First and only person to ream me a new one for posting insider info on another board. I literally didn't even know what insider info meant.
I went over to OOTS after nation split? Is that board still active? I was actually a mod there for a little while. Used to really break it off in trooper del on the political board over there.
GG is CockStar on this board. Good poster.
I was wondering what happened to him...
Who remembers the early insiders? Roosterfarian. Gamecock Professor and watercooler ear? GP later became Broadus. And would speak from the farm. Lol! Also ComputerCock. He could help with all the PC problems back then. Kercock, Silverspur have gone on to heaven .
This post was edited by spoolunker 14 months ago
Former TBS photog coming out of retirement to do sand volleyball for my fans!
Thank you juscone. Those are kind words.
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Would love to have a Broadus sighting on this board....I loved his posts!
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