South Carolina Gamecocks football
|South Carolina Gamecocks football|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier
8th year, 66–37 (.641)
|Home stadium||Williams-Brice Stadium|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina|
|Division||SEC Eastern Division|
|All-time record||566–544–44 (.510)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–12|
|Conference titles||2 (1933 Southern Conference, 1969 ACC)|
|Division titles||1 (2010 SEC East)|
Garnet and Black
|Fight song||"The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way"|
|Marching band||Mighty Sound of the Southeast|
|Main Rival||Clemson Tigers|
The South Carolina Gamecocks football team represents the University of South Carolina (USC) in the sport of American football. The Gamecocks compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Steve Spurrier is the current head coach, and the team plays its home games at Williams-Brice Stadium, also known as "The Cock Pit". Currently, it is the 20th largest stadium in college football.
USC's SEC tenure has been highlighted by an SEC East title in 2010, Final Top-25 rankings in 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (AP No. 19, No. 13, No. 22, No. 9 and No. 8), and four wins over Top-5 SEC opponents (No. 4 Ole Miss in 2009, No. 1 Alabama in 2010, No. 5 Georgia in 2012) and No. 5 Missouri Tigers in 2013.
From 1953 through 1970, the Gamecocks played in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the 1969 ACC championship and finishing No. 15 in the 1958 final AP poll. From 1971 through 1991, they competed as a major independent, producing 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, six bowl appearances, and Final Top-25 rankings in 1984 and 1987 (AP No. 11 and No. 15).
The Gamecocks have produced a National Coach of the Year in Joe Morrison, three SEC coaches of the year in Lou Holtz (2000) and Steve Spurrier (2005, 2010), and one ACC coach of the year in Paul Dietzel (1969). They also have three members of the College Football Hall of Fame in Rogers, Holtz and Spurrier. Carolina has 18 bowl appearances, with a 6–12 record.
- 1 Program history
- 2 Current coaching staff
- 3 Primary rival
- 4 Secondary rivalries
- 5 Bowl games
- 6 Championships and notable seasons
- 7 Program achievements
- 8 Award winners
- 9 College Football Hall of Famers
- 10 George Rogers wins the Heisman
- 11 Syvelle Newton joins the "600 Club"
- 12 Gamecock traditions
- 13 Logos and uniforms
- 14 Gamecocks in the NFL
- 15 Future non-conference opponents
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Early days of Carolina football
Carolina fielded its first football team on Christmas Eve, in Charleston, SC, in 1892 versus Furman. At that time the football team was not sanctioned by the University. They provided their own uniforms and paid their own train fare in order to participate in the game. They were nicknamed the "College Boys" by The News and Courier and their supporters wore garnet and black.
USC won its first game in its third season, on November 2, 1895 against Columbia AA. The squad designated their first head coach, W.H. "Dixie" Whaley, the following year. The 1896 season also saw the inaugural game against arch-rival Clemson on November 12, which Carolina won 12–6. From 1902 to 1903, coach C. R. Williams led the Gamecocks to a 14–3 record. 1903 also heralded the program's first 8-win season with an overall record of 8–2. The Board of Trustees banned participation in football for the 1906 season after the faculty complained that the coarseness of chants and cheers, yelled by the students at football games, were not gentlemanly in nature. Within months The Board of Trustees reversed their decision after hearing pleas, and receiving petitions, from students and alumni alike. Play was allowed to resume in 1907. A hastily assembled football team, coached by Board of Trustees member Douglas McKay, competed in an abbreviated season that same year, and the squad won all three games.
From 1928 to 1934, coach Billy Laval led the Gamecocks to seven consecutive winning seasons and a 39–26–6 overall record, which included a perfect 3–0 Southern Conference campaign in 1933. The undefeated conference record earned the Gamecocks the Southern Conference Co-Championship, along with Duke. However, this championship is currently not recognized by either the school or the Southern Conference. Under coach Rex Enright, the Gamecocks produced another undefeated Southern Conference season, (4–0–1), in 1941. Enright gave-up his coaching duties in 1955 due to reasons related to poor health, however he continued to serve in a capacity as Athletic Director. Enright retired with the distinction of being both the winningest and losingest coach in school history (64–69–7), at the time. Warren Giese was hired as head coach in 1956, and he led the Gamecocks to a 28–21–1 overall record in his 5-year tenure. The Giese era included two 7–3 campaigns (1956 and 1958), an 18–15–1 ACC record, and a 27–21 victory over Darrell Royal's 1957 Texas squad in Austin. Marvin Bass was named head coach in 1961, and his 5-year tenure produced a 17–29–4 overall record.
Paul Dietzel era (1966–74)
Paul Dietzel arrived in Columbia prior to the 1966 season, having previously coached at LSU and Army. In 1969, he led the Gamecocks to an ACC championship and an appearance in the Peach Bowl. As a result, Dietzel was named ACC Coach of the Year that season. Soon after, South Carolina left the ACC and became an Independent program prior to the 1971 season. Dietzel finished his USC tenure with a 42–53–1 overall record (18–10–1 ACC). In addition to the 1969 ACC title, Dietzel's legacies at Carolina include his improvement of athletic facilities and his penning of a new fight song, which is still used to this day ("The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way").
Jim Carlen era (1975–81)
Jim Carlen took over as coach in 1975, and under his leadership the program achieved a measure of national prominence. Carlen led the Gamecocks to three bowl games, coached 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, and produced a 45–36–1 record during his tenure. The Carlen Era included consecutive 8–4 finishes (1979–1980) and only one losing season in seven years. In addition, the 1980 Gamecocks defeated a heavily favored Michigan squad coached by the legendary Bo Schembechler. The 17–14 victory in Ann Arbor, which made Rogers a household name, was one of the biggest wins in both the Carlen Era and the program's history.
Joe Morrison era (1983–88)
Joe Morrison was hired in 1983 following a one-year stint by Richard Bell. After a 5–6 mark in his first year, the "Man in Black" led South Carolina to a 10–2 record, No. 11 final AP Poll ranking, and a Gator Bowl appearance in 1984. It was also before the 1984 season began that the team removed the Astroturf that had been in place at Williams-Brice Stadium since the early 70's and put back in the natural grass that remains today. The 1984 season included victories over Georgia, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Clemson. The 1984 defense was called the "Fire Ant" defense. In 1987, the Gamecocks posted an 8–4 record, No. 15 Final AP Poll ranking, and another Gator Bowl trip. The 1987 Gamecocks were led by the "Black Death" defense, which held seven opponents to 10 or fewer points and yielded just 141 points in 12 games played. Morrison coached his last game in the 1988 Liberty Bowl, as he died on February 5, 1989 at the age of 51. He finished his USC tenure with a 39–28–2 overall record, three bowl games, and three seasons with 8 or more wins. Due to his on-field success and "Man in Black" image, Morrison remains a popular figure in Gamecock lore. Morrison also began the tradition at Carolina, with his first game in 1983, of the pre-game entrance of the football team to the song, "2001: A Space Odyssey". This is still part of the Carolina football game day experience over 30 years later.
Woods and Scott eras (1989–93, 1994–98)
Following Morrison's death, Sparky Woods was hired as head coach in 1989 and coached the Gamecocks until the end of the 1993 season. He posted winning seasons in 1989 and 1990, but could not produce another winning campaign during his tenure. Woods has the distinction of being South Carolina's first head coach in SEC play, as the Gamecocks entered the conference in 1992. Brad Scott took over as head coach in 1994 and led USC to a 7–5 record and a Carquest Bowl victory in his first season. The bowl win was the first post-season victory in the program's history. Scott was unable to capitalize on his early success, however, as USC won only six games during his final two seasons in Columbia.
Lou Holtz era (1999–2004)
Lou Holtz was hired as USC's head coach in 1999. He inherited a relatively young SEC program (joined in 1992) that posted only three winning seasons from 1990 to 1998. USC won just a single game the year before Holtz's arrival and, subsequently, went 0–11 in his inaugural campaign. It didn't take long for Holtz to improve the Gamecocks' fortunes, however, as he engineered 8–4 and 9–3 records in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In addition, USC won consecutive Outback Bowls over Ohio State and produced the most successful two-year run in program history (at the time), going 17–7 overall and 10–6 in SEC play. The 2000 and 2001 campaigns also saw USC's return to the polls, as the Gamecocks turned in No. 19 and No. 13 rankings in the Final AP ballotings for those years. After consecutive 5–7 finishes in 2002 and 2003 (during which the team was ranked in the Top 25 during the season both years), Holtz ended his USC tenure on a winning note with a 6–5 record in 2004. Holtz finished with a 33–37 overall record at South Carolina, going 33–26 after his first season.
In 2005, USC was placed on 3-year probation by the NCAA for actions during the coaching tenure of Lou Holtz, all of which were self-reported by the school. Five of these actions were considered major violations, and included such activities as impermissible tutoring and non-voluntary summer workouts as well as a "lack of institutional control". Coach Holtz pointed out following the close of the investigation, "There was no money involved. No athletes were paid. There were no recruiting inducements. No cars. No jobs offered. No ticket scandal, etc."
Steve Spurrier Era (2005–present)
Steve Spurrier was hired in 2005 to replace the departing Holtz, and he led the Gamecocks to a 7–5 record and Independence Bowl appearance in his first season. As a result, Spurrier was named the 2005 SEC Coach of the Year. The 2006 season saw continued success under Spurrier, as the Gamecocks posted an 8–5 record and a victory over Houston in the Liberty Bowl. South Carolina posted consecutive 7–6 records in 2008 and 2009, returning to postseason play with appearances in the Outback Bowl and PapaJohns.com Bowl.
In 2010, Spurrier scored another first with the first SEC Eastern Division Championship in school history. On November 13, 2010, the Gamecocks defeated Florida 36–14 to clinch the division. Prior to this contest, USC had an all-time record of 0–12 at The Swamp. Freshman RB Marcus Lattimore rushed for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game. Spurrier got his first win in Gainesville as a Gamecock, received a "Gatorade Bath" from his players, and became the first coach to win the SEC East with two different teams. Earlier in the season, the Gamecocks posted the first win over a No. 1 team in program history, with a 35–21 victory over top-ranked, defending national champion Alabama.
In 2011, Spurrier led USC to its most successful season in program history. The Gamecocks posted an 11–2 overall record, went 6–2 in SEC play, and defeated No. 20 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl to earn Final Top 10 rankings in the AP and Coaches' Polls (No. 9 and No. 8, respectively). Along the way, USC defeated Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Clemson, the first time in program history that the Gamecocks beat the "Big 4" in consecutive seasons.
USC was investigated in 2011–12 by the NCAA after it came to light that student-athletes (including some football players) had received an estimated $59,000 in impermissible benefits, mainly the result of discounted living expenses at a local hotel. The school imposed its own punishment, paying $18,500 in fines and cutting three football scholarships in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The school also reduced its official visits for the 2012–13 year, from 56 to 30. The NCAA ruled this self-imposed punishment as adequate, stating that “the violations were limited in scope” and “there was no unethical conduct in this case”, and went on to praise the school's handling of the affair, with the chairman of the NCAA infractions committee stating, “This has been one of the best cases I have seen from a process standpoint...In this case, it was obvious to the committee that the university wanted to get to the truth." The commissioner went on to state that USC “wanted to ask all the hard questions of all the right people and, in some cases, they even went beyond what the NCAA staff was doing."
In 2012 Steve Spurrier, once again, led his USC football team to double-digit wins during the course of the regular season campaign. The 2012 regular season culminated with the annual season-ending game against arch rival Clemson at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. Spurrier and his Gamecocks emerged with a fourth consecutive double-digit victory over the Tigers – a victory marked by Spurrier winning his 65th game at Carolina and, in doing so, becoming the winningest coach in Gamecock football history surpassing Rex Enright's 64 win total. Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a thrilling 33–28 victory in the Outback Bowl against the winningest program in college football, the Michigan Wolverines. The victory elevated the Gamecocks to an 11–2 record for the 2nd consecutive season. Additionally, by finishing 8th in the Associated Press poll and 7th in the Coaches poll, South Carolina finished in Top 10 of both polls for a 2nd consecutive campaign.
Current coaching staff
|Steve Spurrier||Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator|
|Lorenzo Ward||Defensive Coordinator|
|Kirk Botkin||Linebackers Coach|
|Grady Brown||Secondary Coach|
|Shawn Elliott||Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach|
|Deke Adams||Defensive Line Coach|
|G.A. Mangus||Quarterbacks Coach|
|Joe Robinson||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
|Everette Sands||Running Backs Coach|
|Steve Spurrier, Jr.||Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Joe Connolly||Strength & Conditioning Coach|
- Clemson – The Carolina-Clemson Rivalry is the largest annual sporting event, (ticket sales), in the state of South Carolina. Clemson holds a 65–42–4 lead in the series which dates back to 1896. Historically, the final score in the game, (on average), has been decided by less than a touchdown. From 1896 to 1959, the Carolina-Clemson game was played, on the fairgrounds, in Columbia, SC and was referred-to as "Big Thursday". In 1960 an alternating-site format was implemented utilizing both teams' home stadiums. The annual game has since been designated "The Palmetto Bowl." The last seven contests, between the programs, have been nationally televised (3 on ESPN, 4 on ESPN2).
- Georgia – The South Carolina-Georgia Rivalry, South Carolina's "border rivalry" with Georgia, dates back to 1894. Georgia holds a 47–17–2 overall lead in the series however, since SEC expansion in 1990, the series has been far more competitive with Georgia holding a 13–8 advantage. Historically, one of the more memorable games was the 1980 tilt between future Heisman Trophy winners George Rogers and Herschel Walker. Led by Walker's 219 rushing yards, Georgia won 13–10 and would go on to capture the National Championship. Rogers turned in 168 rushing yards during the course of the battle, setting the stage for a successful finish to his senior season and eventual Heisman Trophy award. The last 15 match-ups between the schools have been nationally televised, dating back to 1997 (6 on ESPN2, 5 on ESPN and 4 on CBS). Additionally, the last three SEC East division championships were won by one or the other of these two teams, even further highlighting the significance of the annual game.
- Florida – The USC-Florida rivalry is the most recently added secondary-rival of USC's. This rivalry was automatically born of the connection between Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators. In Spurrier's first season, at the Gamecock helm, USC spoiled UF's SEC championship hopes by upsetting the Gators, in Columbia, SC, and thus igniting the rivalry almost instantly afterwards. In 2010, South Carolina clinched their first SEC Eastern Division title with a commanding 36–14 win in The Swamp in Gainesville, FL. Florida holds a 23–7–3 lead in the series, while Spurrier holds a 4–5 record versus his alma mater while wearing the garnet and black colors of the Gamecocks.
|January 1, 1946||Gator Bowl||L||Wake Forest||14||26||McMillan|
|December 30, 1969||Peach||L||West Virginia||3||14||Dietzel|
|December 20, 1975||Tangerine||L||Miami (OH)||7||20||Carlen|
|December 20, 1979||Hall of Fame Classic||L||Missouri||14||24||Carlen|
|December 29, 1980||Gator Bowl||L||Pittsburgh||9||37||Carlen|
|December 28, 1984||Gator Bowl||L||Oklahoma State||14||21||Morrison|
|December 31, 1987||Gator Bowl||L||LSU||13||31||Morrison|
|December 28, 1988||Liberty||L||Indiana||10||34||Morrison|
|January 2, 1995||Carquest||W||West Virginia||24||21||Scott|
|January 1, 2001||Outback||W||Ohio State||24||7||Holtz|
|January 1, 2002||Outback||W||Ohio State||31||28||Holtz|
|December 30, 2005||Independence||L||Missouri||31||38||Spurrier|
|December 29, 2006||Liberty||W||Houston||44||36||Spurrier|
|January 1, 2009||Outback||L||Iowa||10||31||Spurrier|
|January 2, 2010||PapaJohns.com||L||Connecticut||7||20||Spurrier|
|December 31, 2010||Chick-fil-A||L||Florida State||17||26||Spurrier|
|January 2, 2012||Capital One||W||Nebraska||30||13||Spurrier|
|January 1, 2013||Outback||W||Michigan||33||28||Spurrier|
|January 1, 2014||Capital One||Wisconsin||Spurrier|
|Total||18 Bowl Games||6–12||302||427|
Championships and notable seasons
1933 Southern Conference champions
In 1933, under the direction of the legendary Billy Laval, the Gamecocks went undefeated in conference play to win the school's first conference championship. They would share the honor with Duke, which also went undefeated in conference play. Part of the championship season included shutout victories over Wofford, Clemson, Virginia Tech and NC State. This championship is currently not recognized by either the school or the Southern Conference.
1969 ACC champions
In 1969, the Gamecocks won the ACC Championship by going undefeated in conference play. In its six ACC matchups, USC outscored its opponents by a 130–61 margin. The squad posted a 7–4 overall record with a Peach Bowl appearance against West Virginia to close the season (14–3 loss). Two years later, South Carolina left the ACC and competed as an Independent for two decades before joining the SEC in 1992.
1984 – "Black Magic"
Led by Coach Morrison, the 1984 Gamecocks became the first team in school history to win 10 games (10–2 record) and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls.. The Gamecocks finished No. 11 in the Final AP Poll. Along the way, they defeated Georgia, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Clemson to earn an appearance in the Gator Bowl against Oklahoma State (21–14 loss). At the time, the No. 11 final ranking was the highest ever achieved by South Carolina.
2010 SEC East champions
In 2010, the Gamecocks won their first SEC Eastern Division Championship, going 5–3 in conference play. For the first time in school history, they defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the country (Alabama) and won at Florida in the division-clinching game. The season also included victories over division foes Georgia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt as well as instate Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson.
2011 – "First 11 Win Season"
Led by Coach Spurrier, the 2011 Gamecocks achieved its most wins in a single season and finished in the Top 10 for the first time in program history. USC posted an 11–2 overall record, went 6–2 in SEC play, and won the Capital One Bowl to finish No. 9/8 in the Final AP and Coaches' Polls (respectively). Along the way, USC defeated Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Clemson to extend its winning streak over its biggest rivals to 3 games. This was also the first season that USC posted a 5–0 record against their Eastern division opponents.
2012 – "Back-to-Back" 11 Win Seasons
Again led by Coach Spurrier, the 2012–13 Gamecocks squad went 11–2, with their only losses coming at LSU and at Florida in consecutive weeks. USC finished 2012 by defeating rival Clemson 27–17, in Death valley, to end the regular season. They were invited to play in the Outback Bowl, with the Gamecocks defeating the Michigan Wolverines, 33–28, in a close game decided by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson to Bruce Ellington with under a minute to go. The Gamecocks finished the season ranked No. 8/7 in the Final AP and Coaches' Polls (respectively)
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season with USC competing in the SEC East since that time.
|Season||Division||SEC CG Result||Opponent||PF||PA|
|SEC East Champions||2010|
|Southern Conference Champions||1933|
|Final Top 25 (AP)||1958, 1984, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Final Top 25 (Coaches)||1984, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Bowl Victories*||1994, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012|
- Years listed for Bowl victories are seasons for which they occurred.
- Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year
College Football Hall of Famers
|George Rogers||Running back||1997||1977–1980|
|Lou Holtz||Head coach||2008||1999–2004|
|Steve Spurrier||Head coach||1986||2005–present|
George Rogers wins the Heisman
USC's 1980 season was headlined by senior running back George Rogers ("Big George"), who led the nation in rushing with 1,894 yards. For his efforts, the Downtown Athletic Club named Rogers the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy award. Rogers beat out a strong group of players, including Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Rogers also earned spots on eight All-American teams, all First-team honors. Behind the Rogers-led rushing attack, the Gamecocks went 8–4 overall and earned an appearance in the Gator Bowl. Rogers is also the recipient of the 1980 Chic Harley Award, the 2004 Walter Camp Alumni of the Year award, a Pro-Bowl selection, an SEC Football Legend, a Super Bowl champion and an NFL Rookie of the Year.
Syvelle Newton joins the "600 Club"
From 2003 to 2006, Syvelle Newton played multiple positions for the Gamecocks and left his mark on the national record books in the process. He became one of only four players in college football history to record 600+ yards passing, rushing, and receiving (each) in a collegiate career. In Newton's four seasons, he posted 2,474 passing yards (20 TD, 13 INT), 786 rushing yards (10 TD), and 673 receiving yards (3 TD). He also returned 6 kickoffs for 115 yards (19.2 average) and made 18 tackles and an assisted sack in limited defensive action.
- "Fighting Gamecock Logo – USC's helmet, regardless of color, has featured a fighting gamecock since 1969. This bird, which includes metal spurs, is usually featured inside a Block C but is also displayed by itself.
- "2001" Entrance – The Gamecocks' enter Williams-Brice Stadium to the introduction of "Also sprach Zarathustra", popularly known from the film "2001: A Space Odyssey". This tradition was started by Coach Joe Morrison with his first game in 1983.
- "Carolina" and "Gamecocks" on Jersey – USC has intermittently featured the script "Carolina" and "Gamecocks" on the front of its jersey since coach Jim Carlen's arrival in 1975. While the jersey used "Gamecocks" for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, it has solely used "Carolina" on its jersey since the late 1990s.
- Cockaboose Railroad – In 1990, cabooses renovated in Gamecock colors and decor became part of the USC tailgate scene. They sit on a dormant railroad track near Williams-Brice Stadium.
- S.C. Flag and Palmetto Tree/Crescent – As South Carolina's flagship university, USC prominently displays the state flag and Palmetto Tree/Crescent logo on game days. In addition to players entering the field with the state flag flying in advance during "2001", the stadium's playing surface is adorned with garnet and white Palmetto Tree/Crescent logos, and the state flag is represented by decals on the back of players' helmets.
- "If It Ain't Swayin', Then We Ain't Playin" – Originating from a Joe Morrison comment about the reported "swaying" of the Williams-Brice Stadium upper deck during a 38–14 win over USC in 1983, "if it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'" became a catchphrase for Carolina fans, even after the East Upper Deck of Williams-Brice Stadium had additional supports added to reduce the swaying.
- Sir Big Spur – Sir Big Spur (originally called Cocky Doodle Lou), the university's official live gamecock, attends USC football and baseball games.
- Cocky – Cocky has been the USC mascot since 1980. Cocky is the four-time "national champion," five-time "All-American" mascot & 2003 winner of the Capital One National Mascot of the Year for the Gamecocks. The "son" of Carolina's original mascot Big Spur, Cocky appears at every USC home football contest, making a "magical" appearance at the climax of the 2001 opening sequence.
- Sandstorm – Beginning in October 2006, the song song Sandstorm by Darude is played after USC is kicking the ball to the opposing team after a score; the song is stopped when the kicker makes contact with the football. As the song is played, fans wave white and garnet towels, called "Cocky Cloths", over their heads."
Logos and uniforms
Before the start of the 2013 season, USC debuted new uniforms made by Under Armour. The stripes on the front of the shoulders were moved to the top of the shoulder. The uniforms contain 11 total stripes – the same number of buildings as the national historic landmark that is The Horseshoe on the campus of the university. As of now, the new uniforms consist of garnet jerseys and pants, and white jerseys and pants – with the combinations interchangeable. There was no announcement of a black uniform.
2 – Sterling Sharpe
37 – Steve Wadiak
38 – George Rogers
56 – Mike Johnson
Gamecocks in the NFL
- John Abraham, DE – Arizona Cardinals
- Antonio Allen, S – New York Jets
- Akeem Auguste, CB – Cleveland Browns
- Jasper Brinkley, LB – Arizona Cardinals
- Sheldon Brown, CB – Free Agent
- Reginald Bowens, LB – Free Agent
- Garrett Chisholm, OL – Carolina Panthers
- Jared Cook, TE – St. Louis Rams
- Emanuel Cook, S – Baltimore Ravens
- Chris Culliver, CB – San Francisco 49ers
- Justice Cunningham, TE – Indianapolis Colts
- Patrick DiMarco, FB – Kansas City Chiefs
- Aldrick Fordham, DE – St. Louis Rams
- Clifton Geathers, DE – Philadelphia Eagles
- Stephon Gilmore, CB – Buffalo Bills
- Tori Gurley, WR – Baltimore Ravens
- DeVonte Holloman, LB – Dallas Cowboys
- Melvin Ingram, LB – San Diego Chargers
- Lemuel Jeanpierre, OG – Seattle Seahawks
- Alshon Jeffery, WR – Chicago Bears
- Damario Jeffery, LB – Carolina Panthers
- Byron Jerideau, DT – San Diego Chargers
- T.J. Johnson, OL – Cincinnati Bengals
- Johnathan Joseph, CB – Houston Texans
- Marcus Lattimore, RB – San Francisco 49ers
- Cliff Matthews, DE – Atlanta Falcons
- Jamon Meredith, OT – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Kenny Miles, RB – Washington Redskins
- Captain Munnerlyn, CB – Carolina Panthers
- Sidney Rice, WR – Seattle Seahawks
- Travian Robertson, DT – Atlanta Falcons
- Dunta Robinson, CB – Kansas City Chiefs
- Ace Sanders, WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Weslye Saunders, TE – Indianapolis Colts
- Shaun Smith, DT – Kansas City Chiefs
- Darian Stewart, S – St. Louis Rams
- Ryan Succop, K – Kansas City Chiefs
- DJ Swearinger, S – Houston Texans
- Devin Taylor, DE – Detroit Lions
- Rokevious Watkins, OG – St. Louis Rams
- Travelle Wharton, OG – Carolina Panthers
- Adam Yates, K – Jacksonville Jaguars
Future non-conference opponents
|vs North Carolina||vs East Carolina||at North Carolina||vs Georgia Tech||at Georgia Tech|
|vs Coastal Carolina||vs Furman||vs Central Florida||vs East Carolina|
|at Central Florida||vs Troy||vs The Citadel|
|vs Clemson||at Clemson||vs Clemson||at Clemson||vs Clemson||at Clemson||vs Clemson||at Clemson||vs Clemson||at Clemson|
- Hollis, Daniel Walker (1956). University of South Carolina II. University of South Carolina Press. pp. 189–190
- Hollis, Daniel Walker (1956). University of South Carolina II. University of South Carolina Press. pp. 229–230
- South Carolina Athletics History
- SoCon Media Guide
- South Carolina Gamecocks 2010 Football Media Guide
- Three years of probation for South Carolina
- USC’s self-imposed sanctions satisfy NCAA
- South Carolina vs Clemson
- South Carolina vs Georgia
- South Carolina vs Florida
- Haney, Travis (4 December 2010). "Surprise season continues for Gamecocks and their fans". Herald Online. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- Newton putting up numbers in AFL, eyes shot in NFL
- Helmet Project – Southeastern Conference
- Gamecock Traditions
- 2013 Princeton Review
- Quantum Change Agenda
- Ousted SC board member offers $5M gift to school
- Black Progress in Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities
- Gamecock Traditions
- History and Biography of Cocky
- USC students, fans make "Sandstorm" their unofficial anthem
- Gamecocks support wounded warriors
- "South Carolina Gamecocks Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26.