Listen: College Football: South Carolina Is A Ranked Team?
"Ben Ben Bryner joining us. Thanks for the time always great to have you on. We start with the the general question. How is life in Colombia covering the South Carolina gamecocks offered him well. You've got a situation relation readers and fans. They're not too happy. players also not too happy about how things are going and obviously will muschamp from his comments. Yesterday also also not real happy about how things have gone okay. We've established The happy meter is pretty low. I think muschamp said it best. When asked about this weekend being a must win I believe he said they're almost win? but how important is this one. I mean this one is maybe their last chance at one of those mid tier kind of wins because you look at the rest of the scheduled win the really winnable games come down to your vanderbilt your Tennessee your APP state which is probably going to be harder than most people think but it's still a non power five team and if they don't win this one there the chances of a four win season go up pretty dramatically and feels like almost a gap of a four or five win. Season emotionally is is pretty high already not that anyone would be happy with a five win season but that that kind of gap would be a big oneplus. Kentucky is one five in a row in this series and nearly every single time going in it seemed like Kentucky is not been in great shape and then South Carolina's offense. It's just sort of disappears and they come out with another loss. I think you've described it quite well. Let me ask you about the the mood there because someone called in and I believe I read something in your paper. Although it's sometimes difficult to read on your website unless you are a subscriber the raid tanner had comments today. don't know what he said. I assume you do yeah you. WanNa you WANNA you. WanNa local radio here and was was about as positive as you can you can imagine said he still backs. Coach said he's not going to go into his office. closed the door and necessarily say this is unacceptable. Oh he he feels that will jam understand sort of the stakes and understands what's going wrong but obviously you also wouldn't expect a lot of ladies to come out on the radio and just totally trashed their head coach. Even if they were sort of feeling that way they did it would be quite a story and by the way we had one about two years ago Scott Woodward at am came on our show at SEC media spring meetings. Excuse me and pretty much said Kevin someone had to have a big year or allison occurred so my question is why is Ray Tanner doing this knowing that what he says today will probably not be operational or operative in November if the bottom falls out. I think it's a matter I think a lot of that's just just re raise personality I think he he tends to look at things in a very upbeat way and you've got to also remember the former coach and I don't know that he's necessarily a guy that's GonNa you know trump his drop his people and and go out in public and necessarily speak that way because realistically if things were to to go all the way south and the change was made then that change would ultimately I think speaks for itself instead of necessarily him having to sort of lay the breadcrumbs up up to it talking to have been bryner about this situation and then one more thing on on that I believe there is what an eighteen billion dollar buyout. We'll mush does that for all intents and purposes shut down the conversation that he will be gone at the end of the season and it's it's hard to imagine and South Carolina coming up with that type of money to get rid of them agree freedom. I it's interesting. You definitely doesn't shut down the conversation. People are still talking talking about it. People are still asking about it. My my inbox has several emails that literally just have the headline of fire. Must Champ functionally. I think it probably would unless they found some sort of situation where it was negotiated down now. Obviously that would require a coach deciding to do that and usually in America folks. Don't give up that kind of money so I'd imagine is functionally stops that but it isn't gonNA. It doesn't shut that any of the noise okay well. Let's play this game yeah. Well I think we I think we all agree a win. This weekend would calm people down and maybe this conversation the next time we talk. We'll will be more about what happens on the field then off the field but if if Kentucky does this again in win for the sixth grade time let's take a realistic look at the schedule and try to figure out where this ends up landing because US everyone knows South Carolina has already played one of its feared opponents but many more remain yeah. I as you kind of look at it. They have three games that you they've well. They have two games that you'd say would be in the very winnable category your Vanderbilt Tennessee then you have APP state which which obviously is a giant killer obviously in the first year of a new coach and it's still not totally clear if they're what APP state has been. Maybe a little bit down but you've got those three games then you've got to of what we're sort of treated in the beginning of the year as toss ups and now look less so which would be your sex saying them and and your Florida and those if I if you kind of bend your be bent your mind a little bit you can you imagine an upset scenario but those are a very long shot and then you bet clemson and Georgia Georgia on the road pumps and comes down here in Columbia and those are some pretty tough games so you're looking at right now. You're the one in three and if they lose at best every game they're really supposed to. They're going to be They're going to get two seven losses so the question is if they really can right the ship. Could they pull off upsets. Maybe but you know you'd have to really write that ship and then the question would be with those other games. What kind of damage control can you do in terms of what you sense. It's every day Ben Listen. You're there. Were not you talk to fans you hear from fans. You read their responses you hear from them through various mediums and platforms. How would you describe Game Cock Fan Base Right now. I think the majority of them are incredibly not sold. I think that's kind of where this is. This was a team that last year came in with a lot of hype and didn't match it and this was year team that this year came in with sort of the the sense that it was going to be more solid maybe the record wouldn't show it because the schedule was so hard but he was gonna look like a better team and between the way they came out against UNC and sort of the ups and downs that we've seen since it seems like they've kind of lost a lot of people now could a big year. Hold them back sure probably because that's sort of how this works you need a big year and even next year the schedule it doesn't look particularly forgiving because there's no UNC which wasn't supposed to be a big game anyway and and they just trade out Alabama in Columbia for a trip to Lsu so life doesn't get that much easier so if you had to look into a crystal ball which I'm sure you have plenty of it the offices of the state. Where do you see this ending up. I see them winning four to five games depending on how Saturday goes and I still have no great read on Saturday because every time these Kentucky Games happened. I think one is is going to happen and we ended up in a very confusing soon. After I kinda think that buyout just sorta hold and there's a very uncomfortable off-season and then you go into next year and you kind of see how things fall that's what I think right now I could imagine a world in which it spins differently but right now just because of sort of having a former coaches. AD having a guy who lose pretty deliberately having a new school President I think that maybe you just kind of end up in a holding pattern unless things go completely south now if they lose tap state and ended up with three wins that might change things been how bad would it be if three or four wins occurred and and you see the cross state rivals win another the national championship. Oh I think it's I think that's definitely a factor because that team is right there and that team that sort of swung long as quickly as it did with you know a very nontraditional head coach that was hired and then you know you come here and you've got the Wilma Shampoo experiment which has been certainly different because it was taking a guy who struggled at a bigger job and bring him down here. I think it would definitely I think that the Clemson thing is always as in the back of people's minds. Even if you know some folks will try to talk people down and we'll say it's just it's apples to oranges at this current juncture but people don't want to hear that and I think that's always on people's minds then Brian in absolutely fabulous report on the situation in in South Carolina Ben Comeback Soon. Thank you very very much. We'll do thanks for having me great stuff very very realistic report. No sugar coating no cheerleading relating just the truth"