South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina Gamecocks

About South Carolina Gamecocks

The South Carolina Gamecocks played their first intercollegiate game in 1892. Representing the University of South Carolina, the team possess an all-time winning record, have won a number of titles and have produced 15 consensus All-Americans. Their main rivals are the Clemson Tigers. This rivalry dates back to 1896 and is sometimes known as the 'Battle of the Palmetto State'. Secondary rivalries also exist with the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators.

Over the years, the South Carolina program has developed a reputation for high levels of achievement amongst its coaches. In 1984, Joe Morrison was named National Coach of the Year for his work with the team. During their careers with the Gamecocks, Paul Dietzel and Lou Holtz also won Coach of the Year awards within their individual conferences, as has current coach, and Steve Spurrier. Holtz and Spurrier have also been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In terms of major success, the Gamecocks won their first Conference Title in the Atlantic Coast Conference back in 1969. Furthermore, they won a Southeastern Conference East Division Title in 2010 and achieved back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2011 and 2012. South Carolina have appeared in a total of 18 bowl games and currently hold a 6-12 record. Their most recent bowl game win occurred in the 2013 Outback Bowl, where they overcame the Michigan Wolverines.

George Rogers became the program's first, and to date only, Heisman Trophy winner at the end of the 1980 season. Other notable former players include the likes of Alex Hawkins, Billy Gambrell and Syvelle Newton.

The Gamecocks have used Williams-Brice Stadium as their home since the venue opened in 1934...