George Smith: I'm sticking with the Gamecocks ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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THIS MAY be a correction and then again it may not.

Wednesday past I told you Jacksonville State is the only school to ever win national titles in all three major sports, football, basketball, and baseball.

From Matthew Moore of Jacksonville came this:

“California, Michigan and Ohio State are the only teams to win Division One national titles in baseball, football, and men’s basketball, although none won them all the same year.”

OK ... but at the time JSU was Division II and I was remiss in not qualifying such.

But from Darren Carter, a teacher at Grace Christian Academy, this was:

“JSU is the only team currently playing in D1 to have done it, and they did it in D2. There is no official NCAA national champion in FBS. D2 has an NCAA operated playoff … as does the FCS. Those like you (Moore) listed claim national titles in football, but they were not awarded by the NCAA. They were awarded by the AP or UPI ... that is why they are called “Mythical” championships.

You can pick your side, but I’m staying with the Jaxmen.

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IN THE good old days ...

Sunday’s column on the Liberty National “policy man” stirred some memories. The phone rang a lot, the emails hit the PC mailbox. Just a couple:

From Colleen Roberts:

“What a stroll down memory lane ... my dad, Harrell D. Lankford, was a policy man for Liberty National. I remember seeing him tote his book filled with hundreds of sheets. It was a wide-narrow book.

“He knew the name of every person/family on this route … he covered what was then referred to as ‘the mill village.’”

From Earl Taylor, longtime Anniston police officer until retiring. He and wife Kay live in Florida:

“I too remember the policy man, milk in glass bottles on the front porch, Roy and Gene on the TV … our first black-and-white TV, the burial vault, the opening and closing grave policy. In fact, I just paid off a five hundred burial policy that Kay’s dad took out when she was 12.”

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BIRTHDAYS: Jan. 28 — Patrick Doss and William McPherson; Jan. 30 — Hanna Crisp, Ahmond Carmichael, Temeka Wynn, Gerald Wilson, and Sue Richardson; Jan. 31 — Wayne Woosley.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Sarah McWhorter, a senior at Piedmont High School where she carries a 4.714 (wgt) GPA and has a 30 on her ACT.

Sarah is president of the National Honor Society, vice-president of the Student Government Association, and captain of the Piedmont High School’s Blue Knights Dance Line.

She is also on the yearbook staff, in the FLA, on the Senior Leadership Team, prom committee and has been voted Class Favorite.

Along the way she has found time to work in Tornado Relief for Alabama, neighborhood cleanup, and volunteer at the elementary and middle schools.

“Sarah is an extremely talented, self-motivated young woman,” says Angie Studdard, PHS Honors Math teacher. “She is truly a joy to teach, and a pleasure to know.”

Proud parents are Hugh and Suzanne McWhorter, Waterford Way, Jacksonville.

Take a bow, young lady.

George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:

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