With Oklahoma and Texas' move to the SEC, SI Sooners gives fans a quick catch-up on each program from the conference to learn your new rivals. Today: South Carolina.
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Head Coach: Shane Beamer
Claimed Football National Titles: 0
Favorite Gameday Tradition: Being the first to secede/Trying to explain their mascot with a straight face
Football Royalty: Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Sterling Sharpe, George Rogers
Famous Alumni: Darius Rucker (and the rest of the Blowfish), Charlie Weis, Brad Guzan, Lee Atwater, William Henry Wallace
Of Note: Alright, let’s address the monkey in the room. A Gamecock is defined as “a rooster that was bred for fighting.” It has been the mascot at South Carolina for over 100 years. Dating back to 1903, the school was in search of a nickname. A local newspaper referred to the football team as the Gamecocks, and it stuck as the unofficial mascot for the team. Legend has it, students at South Carolina taunted the students at Clemson ahead of their 1902 clash by parading around with a drawing of a rooster crowing at the mighty Tiger. Clemson students became so incensed, that they literally marched upon South Carolina’s campus, swords and all. The South Carolina students responded by drawing pistols to defend the campus, and thankfully a civil war was avoided. But the name Gamecock stuck, and fans on both sides have had plenty of fun with the moniker ever since.
Series History with Oklahoma: The two teams have never met on the gridiron
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