Williams- Brice Stadium is the home of University of South Carolina football program. The venue is currently the 20th largest college stadium in NCAA with a capacity of over 80000 frequently exceeding to standing room only crowds. South Carolina Gamecocks tickets are one of the safest bets for a great day out as the atmosphere at the stadium has been voted “the best” by SecSports frequently.
For basketball thrill at the University of South Carolina one should head to Colonial Life Arena, a multi- purpose venue which opened in 2002. With a capacity of 18000 seats ready for game nights it offers a wide choice of one’s preferred seating view.
University of South Carolina established its football program in 1892 whereas basketball was added at later date in 1908. The university had been a member of few conferences and currently they are members of Eastern Division, Southeastern Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
University’s mascot is Cocky, a costumed representation of a fighting rooster. The colour’s that the Gamecocks wear are garnet and black.
Main rivals of the Gamecocks are Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs.
Football program at the University of South Carolina hasn’t had any historical success. The Gamecocks won two conference championships (last time in 1969) and one divisional title. Their all- time record is 587-561-44 and they took part in 20 Bowl games.
It took Carolina 9 Bowl games to finally record a win, that occurred in 1995 against West Virginia at Carquest Bowl. Their first bowl appearance took place at Gator Bowl in 1946 against Wake Forest.
Currently, the Gamecocks are riding four game winning streak dating back to 2012’s win against Nebraska at Capital One Bowl. Their last bowl game was a win against Miami at Independence Bowl in 2014. The Gamecocks are 8-12 in bowl games.
The university produced one Heisman Trophy winner in George Rogers in 1980. The running back played 7 seasons in NFL where he earned two Pro Bowl nods while playing for the Saints and Super Bowl ring while playing for the Redskins. He was also NFL Offensive Rookie of The Year.
Despite lack of team success the university has fielded plenty of players who went onto signing with NFL teams including players such as Alshon Jeffrey, wide receiver for the Bears.
Jeffrey, picked in 2nd round of 2012 draft was already to one Pro Bowl, he was PWFA Most Improved Player of the Year and he holds Bears’ franchise record in most receiving yards in a game.
Basketball at South Carolina didn’t enjoy a lot of success either as the Gamecocks made NCAA tournament 8 times in their history between the years 1971 and 2004. Their biggest achievement had been reaching the Sweet Sixteen on three consecutive occasions in the early seventies.
The Gamecocks were twice conference tournament champions and 7 times conference regular season champions.
There weren’t many Gamecocks among the NBA players but few had left some prints after themselves, including Alex English, eight time NBA All- Star, once NBA scoring champion, Denver Nuggets all- time leader in scoring. He enjoyed 16 seasons of playing in NBA.
University of South Carolina might not be the biggest player on the field but their programs manage to produce athletes who find their place in pro leagues, especially in the NFL.