South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is always a treat to listen to.
When I pulled up in the parking lot at Cobblestone Park Golf Club for the annual media day outing, I didn't have to wait long to hear his familiar voice.
"What did you guys do?" Spurrier asked defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.
Ward's team didn't win, nor did Spurrier's, but the assistant coach did achieve a milestone when he made his first hole-in-one Thursday. That pleased Spurrier, who pointed out after lunch that Ward's ace was the first in the history of the media day golf outing.
The news out of Columbia this morning is that baseball coach Ray Tanner will become South Carolina's new athletic director.
That's an excellent choice, and another positive development for the Gamecocks.
Tanner has won two national championships at South Carolina and almost pulled off a third title in Omaha this year. He's easily the most successful coach the Gamecocks have ever known.
While Tanner seemed an obvious replacement for Eric Hyman, previous administrations at South Carolina didn't always make the obvious (or right) choice.
SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for my red-eye flight home. After eight exciting days in this city for the U.S. Open, I am ready to be home.
First, though, some final thoughts on the week and what transpired. Let's do it day by day:
Monday, June 11: Great travel day and I arrived in San Francisco early. I took the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, their version of MARTA) and went downtown. I was a total tourist with a cable car ride and a lengthy visit to Fisherman's Wharf. In N Out Burger for a late lunch, can't beat that.
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's the final day of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, and you can expect a wild afternoon. Thirteen players are within four shots of the lead, and that doesn't include Tiger Woods who is five behind.
Blake Adams, who lives on the outskirts of Swainsboro, Ga., would seem to be the Jack Fleck on the leaderboard. For those who don't know, Fleck was a little-known Iowa pro who beat Ben Hogan in a playoff in the 1955 Open at Olympic.
SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams, who lives just outside of Swainsboro, Ga., got off to a rough start today at the U.S. Open.
He began bogey, double bogey, bogey to go 4-over in his first three holes. To his credit, he bounced back with five pars and a birdie to complete his first nine.
The good news is that the leaders are also struggling at Olympic Club today. Currently, Adams is just four shots out of the lead.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Phil Mickelson celebrated his birthday Saturday and the gallery around the 18th hole serenaded him with "Happy Birthday."
SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams is in eighth place and only three shots out of the lead at the U.S. Open.
With five birdies in a seven-hole stretch at Olympic Club, Adams climbed as high as a tie for fifth. Not bad for someone making his major championship debut.
But Adams, who finished with even-par 70 and is at 2-over for the tournament, didn’t seem to be fazed by his sudden ascent that earned him some coverage on the national television broadcast.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The second round of the U.S. Open is well under way, and scoring conditions are proving difficult once again at Olympic Club.
Nicholas Colsaerts and Ernie Els have the best rounds going so far at 2-under. Colsaerts has played 11 holes, and Els has completed eight.
It appears that Michael Thompson's overnight lead of 4-under will still be intact when he tees off at 3:52 EST. Of course, plenty of attention will be focused on the man currently tied for third: Tiger Woods.
Woods is at 1-under after Thursday's 69, his best start in a U.S. Open in a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO -- As the second round of the U.S. Open plays out today at Olympic Club, most eyes will be on one man.
He isn't the leader, but he did shoot 1-under-par 69 on Thursday and is tied for second. Michael Thompson is the first-round leader with a superb 66, but Woods is getting the lion's share of attention.
SAN FRANCISCO -- I saw a man fight for his life Thursday at the U.S. Open.
A gentleman collapsed near the 15th tee at Olympic Club. I was out following the Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh grouping when I noticed a small commotion. When I saw the San Francisco policeman assigned to the group go over and start CPR, I knew it was serious.
Someone said he just collapsed and hit his head on the concrete cart path.
I watched from a respectful distance, and I prayed for the man. I wasn't alone.
By now you know San Francisco's Matt Cain threw a perfect game last night.
I am painfully aware because I had a chance to attend the game. Let me explain:
When I made plans to attend the U.S. Open at Olympic a few weeks back, there was discussion of going to Tuesday night's Giants game. I also was invited to a party hosted by Art and Liz Spander on Wednesday night.
Perfect, we could do both.