Curtis was good in 07, but I still haven't forgiven him for quitting on the team in 08...specifically celebrating in the face of teammates after we lost to Arkansas.
I'll never forget when RJF blocked that kick against bama. Top 3 loudest moments I've experienced in TS
Curt: I do not remember this incident with Curtis Taylor quitting and celebrating the loss to Arkansas. What were the circumstances ?
November: As the Tigers leave the field at Arkansas after squandering a 16-point second-half lead, senior linebacker Darry Beckwith cries openly and confronts some of his teammates. Fellow linebacker Kelvin Sheppard steers Beckwith toward the locker room as he hurls general accusations of gutlessness at fellow defenders.
From the returnees of that defense, Taylor was the first starter to go. He didn't get out of the coaches' doghouse after botching that Florida coverage, and although he played an inspired game at South Carolina, he reportedly allowed the benching to sour his attitude.
He started at Arkansas, but on the Razorbacks' opening possession he made a cringingly lame attempt to tackle a runner coming through the line. Taylor was lifted after that series and did not return.
At the end of the crushing defeat, he (Taylor) chided some of his teammates about their failures after he had been deemed a weak link.
These gashes in the all-important fabric of a team were seen by dozens of people filling the LSU sideline in the Arkansas game's fourth quarter. And a national television audience saw, in particular, the mental breakdown of senior Tremaine Johnson. He was hit with an after-the-whistle personal foul when Arkansas would have faced fourth-and-28 from its 11-yard line.
Some players and coaches have tried to spin the ugly ending in War Memorial Stadium and the unmistakable aura of bewilderment and anger that enveloped the team as some kind of frank and open communication by a true team.
That argument would carry more weight, though, were it not for Beckwith's tears, or Taylor's glee at his mates' misfortune, or even his refusal to show up for interviews once he lost his starting job to McCray.