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Vasago, I just realized you don't post very much anymore. Just an observation.
With coaching two sports and my teaching load, I don't have as much time. Still love the site and check it out on a daily basis.
Cool, glad youre still around.
Recruiting for me started first by listening to Don Williams and Mic Mixon and then Phil K with my dad as a child. I started reading about it by myself at age 12 or so and looked forward to going to either Capital Newstand on Main or St. Andrews News( later Capital) off exit 105 in Columbia. I would also get the Forrest Davis and other mags along with Spurs and Feathers. Phil's Sunday night Recruiting Show was a ritual. I even had my dad put the phone next to the radio when I went away to college (pre-Internet/early Internet days) so I would miss nothing especially commitments in the big visit weekends in January.
My earlier memory was us getting Todd Ellis and after that recruiting Garrison Hearst. Getting Brandon Bennett etc. I think that was the class that I was old enough to follow it on my own. I was always big on following the games and team but once I really got into recruiting it was as big or bigger.
One other fun activity was trying to identify recruits at Frank McQuire arena on big visit weekends. I remember Boulware, Kevin Long, and many others and then would try as a teen to find the other fans on the concourse who seemed to be insiders and try to get some scoop. I loved picking the kids out from their letter jackets and pictures from the recruiting mags.
On the basketball side it was easier to follow with fewer players. I remember knowing about the Dozier twins, Barry Manning, Joe Rhett, JO JO English (can still hear in my head the way the MC announces his name after a 3 pointer or dunk).
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Originally, for me, it was the Street & Smith yearbooks... starting in the late 60s early 70s.
I also regularly got Spurs & Feathers - just for the recruiting. Also, for a few years I would read the old Poop Sheet / ACC Journal because they'd add USC recruiting coverage.
So far as online - Rusty the Roosters old site got me subscribing online. And I must agree with carolinainsider that Minletcock's enthusiasm was contagious!
The first I remember was when Perry Cuba picked Ala. over us. what year was that? It's also amazing Phil Kornblut has lasted as long as he has.
Two grand boys, Two state championships. 5-peat USC
And a swell job you did RC!
Former TBS photog coming out of retirement to do sand volleyball for my fans!
I actually started in hoops with Street and Smith in the 70's. Football started with Don Williams, and then Kornblute, including the newsletter and he had a magazine for a few years as well . Was a charter member of TOS, and another site called The Duece, got Planos stuff as well. Great magazine by a guy named Phipps was real good. Dont know if it's still out.
The recruiting of Hershall Walker was one of the first real battles I remember. Ugay outbid clempson.
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Larry Phipps did a great job for a while in the 80's and 90's.
The first I remember is in hoops for Tom Boswell, and we had a big New York kid at the end of the McGuire era who was the number one player inthe country...name something like Graziano...never turned out to be much. Jim Graziano maybe.
Matkins interview..."I look forward to winning 4 National Championships for the Pallace of Champions."
I started in 1968 as a student. I hung out at Al's(Varsity Billiards). Al was a basketball junkie and would tell me all the recruiting scoop. I remember him being chapped when the rumor got out that Brian Winters had committed to Marquette. The players would get Al to cash laundry checks and he would get scoop from them. I got into football recruiting when Carlen came and I ran into a guy named Mike Phillips who knew everything. We even called Ron Simmons in a pool hall in Warner Robbins. My phone bill was unreal. I can't believe my wife has stayed with me for 35 years. We ran down Homer Jordon's car loan. The most fun was posing as Valley Girl on the old Tiger Board and driving them nuts worrying about what colors they would wear every Saturday. The purple socks for the bowl game was my best moment.
Homer Jordan's car loan....my old friend, the late Leighton Grantham (who QB'd at Easley High & then P.C. in the early 60's), was V.P. of a bank founded by his dad, The First National Bank Of Pickens County (in Easley). Leighton was a HUGE Gamecock fan. The Easley & Pickens folks blamed him for fingering the Jordan car loan, although he swore he wasn't responsible for divulging that info. Nonetheless, the belief that he had done it cost the bank a lot of business among the taters who, of course, made up the great majority of folks in the area. Leighton had a guy at Page High School in Greensboro for Todd Ellis' announcement on signing day and another guy at a pay phone near the school. He had sent them up there with "walkie talkies". As soon as Ellis announced for Carolina, the guy at the school radioed his cohort who immediately contacted Leighton from the pay phone. I was on the OTHER phone line Leighton's office & he relayed the news to me. The people in my office thought I had gone bat sh** crazy with all the whooping & hollering I was doing!! A great day!
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"I wouldn't trade the dirt under his (Roche's) fingernails for anyone else's soul"~ Coach Frank McGuire
I can't remember specific players, but I used to read the sports section of The State on a daily basis before school in the late 80s/early 90s. I would always check the recruiting section in the back to see how we were doing. I remember being excited when we would beat out Furman and Middle Tennessee State for a player. My, how times have changed.
Sometimes, in the course of human events, people get lit on fire.
You are right on. A buddy of mine worked at the Bank of Travelers Rest at the time and actually got a clerk to give him the loan info that was cosigned by a Klem booster in Easley. The bank had actually hidden the file but the clerk, not knowing this, gave him the info off of some kind of report. He called David Burst at the NCAA , who got on a plane the next day. It all was a lot more complicated and involved getting the license plate tracked thru a police officer that somehow gave us the co-signer and bank info thru the DMV. Damn that was fun.
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