Lost in the pathetic ending to this past season is the Spencer Rattler story. As we know the 2021 season got off to a slow start and as usual, the quarterback was blamed for this happening. As we also know there were well-documented reasons for this downturn that were outside Spencer Rattler’s control.
Regardless, the natives were restless and with Superman pacing the sidelines, it was simply a matter of time before a quarterbacking change was made. The first half of the Texas game simply greased the skids for this to occur. Once Spencer Rattler was relegated to the bench, Lincoln was not going to look back. CW was his man.
Granted, we will always cherish that 2nd half comeback against Texas, but after that win the season for the Sooners was for the most part over. Discounting the bowl exhibition game against Oregon, we won only four games the rest of the year with CW at quarterback.
We barely escaped Lawrence with a win over Kansas and lost to Baylor and OSU down the stretch. Spencer Rattler was sent packing and as they say the rest is history. Lost in the shuffle was Spencer’s 16-2 mark at quarterback that included a Big 12 Championship. Also lost in the shuffle is the manner in which Spencer Rattler managed his demotion.
From all accounts, Spencer Rattler handled the situation well. One must wonder how CW and his dad would have handled things if the roles had been reversed. Oh well, what’s done is done…it’s time to move on. We will however inherit a positive by-product from this sordid affair.
There will be two USC programs to follow next year. One on the west coast and one on the east. The west coast USC is not worthy of our disdain but rooting for the east coast USC team will be a tons of fun. Hopefully, the USC (South Carolina) Gamecocks and Spencer Rattler will have a breakout year in 2022.