Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted February 9, 2009 06:24 pm

Sterling Sharpe is right about jerseys

Sterling Sharpe is right: retired jerseys should stay retired.

The former South Carolina football star was put in a difficult spot last week when hotshot recruit Alshon Jeffery wanted to wear No. 2 when he suits up for the Gamecocks in the fall. Coach Steve Spurrier approached Sharpe and George Rogers, who had his No. 38 retired after winning the Heisman Trophy, about letting players wear retired numbers.

Sharpe, according to published reports, was clearly against the idea. And he's right.

What's the point of retiring a number if you're going to recycle it every few years? Those players were special, and giving their numbers to some recruit who may or may not pan out isn't a good idea.

I don't buy Spurrier's argument that he was running low on numbers, either. The Gamecocks aren't the Yankees or Celtics. Only four numbers in South Carolina football history have been retired, with Steve Wadiak (37) and Mike Johnson (56) the other two.

Jeffery will wear No. 1. Here's hoping that someday his exploits on the field will warrant a discussion about retiring that jersey number.