Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Lumberjacks?

He looks like a bad guy from Scooby Doo

So the schedule is finally announced... I wonder if the powers that will be able to keep a straight face when they send out the season ticket renewal forms this year. While the home conference slate is fantastic – LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas – the non-conference slate is embarrassing. It’s not all Pete Boone’s fault, as he certainly receives input from the coaching staff and others about potential opponents, but they need to drop this charade about the South Carolina game moving is the reason for the tardiness. The university seems to be wearing it like a crown of thorns and it’s a joke. ESPN airs Thursday night football every week and no other university bemoans it as much as we have. Pete Boone et al dropped the ball on this one, but no one will just admit it.

The 2010 schedule is already out – all 12 games. Even if one conference game is moved to a Thursday night, everything is in place. That begs the question why a 12th opponent wasn’t lined up before yesterday for the season that starts in 5 ½ months.

So, for those of you keeping score at home: We'll be playing a live scrimmage in early November against a team called the Lumberjacks. It will be towards the end of an 11-week stretch where we play every Saturday. Our one off week all season is the 2nd weekend of the season so we have extra time to prepare for SELA. But hey, at least we'll get to finally see Michael Herrick play at Vaught-Hemingway. Can I get a high five? Anyone? No seriously, anyone?

Just another day in the maddeningly frustrating life of a Rebel fan.


  1. What's Boone's problem with Thursday night games? We love them in Columbia. You can't party as much prior to the game, but they're on TV, which is good for exposure. And also good for me now that I've left town.

  2. I don't think it's an aversion to the Thursday night games. We had a 4-year contract with ESPN to broadcast the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night a few years back, so we've played them before. This was all about poor planning by everyone involved and then a ridiculous spin that this one game moving back 48 hours completely threw everything off.