2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Outback Bowl Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #21
AP #19
2000 record 8–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium (c. 80,250, grass)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Florida x   7 1         10 3  
#20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
#19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
#22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
#24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks were led by Lou Holtz in his second season as USC head coach and played their home games in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC.

Carolina played their way to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history by going from a winless season in 1999, to an 8-win campaign in 2000, their first win vs. New Mexico State coming two years to the day since their last win, vs Ball State on September 2, 1998. The turnaround in conference was also one of the biggest in SEC history, going from 0–8 in 1999, to 5–3 in 2000 including a victory against a heavily favored Georgia team that ended the Gamecocks SEC losing streak. USC fans tore down the goalposts at Williams-Brice Stadium on both occasions in celebration. On New Year's Day 2001, the Gamecocks defeated Ohio State in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, and finished the season ranked #19 in the AP poll and #21 in the Coaches' Poll.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 PM New Mexico State* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 31–0   80,814
September 9 3:30 PM #10 Georgia Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN2 W 21–10   83,605
September 16 7:00 PM Eastern Michigan* Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC W 41–6   80,922
September 23 12:30 PM Mississippi State Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS W 23–19   79,949
September 30 3:00 PM at Alabama #23 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL PPV L 17–27   83,818
October 7 7:00 PM at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 20–17   69,334
October 14 12:30 PM Arkansasdagger #24 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS W 27–7   81,935
October 21 2:00 PM at Vanderbilt #18 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 30–14   33,369
October 28 12:30 PM Tennessee #17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS L 14–17   84,200
November 11 3:30 PM at #4 Florida #21 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 21–41   85,718
November 18 3:30 PM at #14 Clemson* #25 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ABC L 14–16   85,187
January 1 11:00 AM vs. #18 Ohio State* Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 24–7   65,229
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit]

  • Lou Holtz - Head Coach
  • Skip Holtz- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Charlie Strong- Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
  • - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • - Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers
  • - Running Backs
  • - Tight Ends
  • Chris Cosh - Linebackers
  • Todd Fitch - Wide Receivers
  • - Outside Linebackers
  • - Defensive Video Graduate Assistant
  • - Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • - Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • - Offensive Video Graduate Assistant

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