There's nothing like a little early-season espionage between FCS programs to kick off the 2022 college football season.
First-year Jacksonville State coach Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday accused the Gamecocks' Week 1 opponent, Stephen F. Austin, of spying on their practices. Rodriguez said the school first noticed the Lumberjack contingent watching their spring game in April.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Rodriguez said Jacksonville State found another spy peering in on the team's Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Jerseys practice ahead of the Week 0 matchup, which takes place in Montgomery, Ala.:
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Rodriguez claimed the team had plans in place to keep the Lumberjacks from knowing its playbook. He also relayed an amusing anecdote in which he sent one of the team's assistant strength coaches to dispatch the intruder:
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It's uncertain whether Stephen F. Austin actually attempted to spy on Jacksonville State, even if Rodriguez believes Cal State Chico Wildcats shirt it did. It's worth noting that the Lumberjacks went 8-4 and finished second in the WAC in 2021. However, they suffered a 28-24 loss to the Gamecocks in the WAC-ASUN challenge — their last loss of the regular season.
So it makes sense that SFA, headed by fourth-year coach Colby Carthel, would try to avoid a similar outcome in 2022. And you know what they say about ch Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Shirts eating:
If you aren't cheating, you aren't trying.