Wed Jan 27 03:36pm EST
Now the Gamecocks can find another way to upstage John Calipari and Kentucky.
After the news broke early this afternoon that South Carolina would have to pay $25,000 as penance for its student body piling onto the court last night (the SEC is the only major conference that enforces a fine for such behavior), the resolution to the fine became obvious.
After all, whenever an unnecessary financial penalty is handed out in today's age, where does the money usually go to? Charity.
There is no bigger charity on the worldwide radar right now than Haiti.
So let's put a little public pressure on the administrators in the SEC to make it known that this lump of money will be put toward a better cause than the conference's pockets.
It's right thing to do. It's found money, after all. Twenty-four hours ago, this cold cash didn't exist; a great win and a great moment in college basketball made it exist. Now let's hope all those involved will better this national story by putting an international appendix on it.
Heck, even South Carolina students were openly putting some dough toward the cause while in the midst of storming last night.
Fans rushed the Colonial Life Arena floor when the buzzer sounded, [Devan] Downey hugging whomever he could and screaming, ''I told you so!''
Giddy fans came up to South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman, handing him dollar bills to pay the anticipated fine the SEC levies for swarming the court.
First offense is $5,000, escalating to $50,000 for repeated violations. ''I'll handle this one,'' Hyman said.
Mr. Hyman, please write a check to the American Red Cross or another legitimate charity of your choice and give us another reason to praise your school.
It's not the $1 million-plus Kentucky raised, but 25K is a start. An amazing start, in fact.
Note to other SEC schools: We encourage all of you to storm the court as well, win or lose, and ask your administrators to send a check to charities helping with the relief efforts in Haiti.