South Carolina Gamecocks Football 2014 News and Updates
2/6/14 - The South Carolina Gamecocks were spectacular last year, finishing 11-2 (6-2 SEC) with a #6 ranking and Capital One Bowl victory over Wisconsin. Helping the squad get there was QB Connor Shaw, who battled injuries throughout the season, but still had an amazing senior year (24 TDs, 1 int). Along with three other juniors, South Carolina also sent off fan-favorite DE Jadeveon Clowney, with his hopes of being the No.1 player in the NFL Draft. The Gamecocks’ main focus this offseason was to land a recruiting class heavily laden with defensive talents, and they did just that. USC was one of the big winners on National Signing Day, signing 4-stars: Bryson Allen-Williams, Dexter Wideman, Dante Sawyer, Abu Lamin, DJ Smith Chris Lammons and Wesley Green to the line and secondary. With a top five finish last season, and such a promising recruiting class coming in, things are looking great for the Gamecocks this year!
11/1/13 – The Gamecocks came back from a 17-point deficit to beat No. 5 Missouri last Saturday, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season. It marked the team’s fifth win over a Top-5 SEC opponent in school history. South Carolina stays alive in the SEC East, currently in the No. 2 spot, one game behind Missouri. Four wins to finish the season would give South Carolina a legitimate shot in the SEC title game which would likely pit them against Alabama. South Carolina has not won a conference title since 1969 when they were members of the ACC, and haven’t played in the SEC Championship game since 2010. It was the same year that Spurrier and co. won their first-ever SEC East Division Championship. The Gamecocks will close the season at home against in-state rival No. 8 Clemson. South Carolina vs. Clemson tickets start at $146 for the 11/30 game at “The Cock Pit”.
South Carolina Gamecocks Football
Since taking the helm from Lou Holtz in 2005, Steve Spurrier — the famed “Head Ball Coach” — has sent the South Carolina Gamecocks football program to previously unprecedented heights, including a pair of 11-2 seasons in each of the last two years. Before Spurrier’s arrival, the Gamecocks had only three bowl appearances in their Southeastern Conference history, two of which were Outback Bowl
wins over Ohio State Buckeyes Football
; however, after Spurrier took the reins, the Gamecocks have failed to earn a bowl bid just once. What continues to evade the team, though, is an SEC conference title;
… moreonly once have they played for the SEC Championship, in 2010.
South Carolina’s leading rusher, Marcus Lattimore, has moved on; while senior quarterback Connor Shaw did not take part in spring drills due to injuries. Whether Shaw or junior Dylan Thompson calls the signals, the primary receiver will be returning junior Bruce Ellington; also looking to gain significant playing time are a pair of additional junior receivers, Damiere Byrd and Nick Jones. Expected to step into Lattimore’s sizable shoes is sophomore tailback Mike Davis. On the defensive side, watch out for monster defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, as well as senior DE Chaz Sutton and senior corner Jimmy Legree. Can the Gamecocks wrest the SEC East away from perennial favorite and neighboring rival Georgia Bulldogs Football? Historic Williams Brice Stadium will be the place to find out in 2013.
In addition to must-see SEC games, the 2013 South Carolina football schedule features two non-conference games with the ACC's Clemson Tigers Football and North Carolina Tar Heels Football — the Gamecocks home opener on August 29th. Clemson vs. South Carolina tickets, SC's last home football game of the season, have a get-in price almost double that of UNC vs. South Carolina football tickets — $170 vs. $90 in the upper level. All four Gamecocks SEC home games in 2013 will be consecutive, with cheap South Carolina football tickets available under $80 versus Vanderbilt Commodores Football, Kentucky Wildcats Football, and Mississippi State Bulldogs Football. Florida vs. South Carolina tickets, however, start at $171 on November 16th. South Carolina Gamecocks home games against Florida Gators Football and Clemson are some of the most demanded SEC football tickets of the season.