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The Cubs of college football? An examination
An article from Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush has been making the rounds among South Carolina fans this week.
Our beloved Gamecocks come in at No. 3:
“For a team that seemed to hover around the top 25 — or at least play competently — during the Steve Spurrier era, South Carolina has surprisingly little to show for it. The Gamecocks finished ranked in each year from 2010 to 2013, but since joining the SEC in 1992, they’ve never won the conference and have just one division title to their name (in 2010 when they went on to lose to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game and to Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl). South Carolina also gets extra points here for having to deal with its in-state rival, Clemson, surging over the past few seasons and also for a lackluster basketball program that hasn’t appeared in March Madness since 2004,” writes author Joan Niesen.
Forget the parallels between the Billy Goat Curse and the Chicken Curse, just based on misery alone the Gamecocks have a strong case.
The list of painful losses in the last few years is enough heartache for a lifetime:
- Dropping the last five games of the season and missing a bowl after climbing to No. 6 in 2007
- Losing to Kentucky a week after beating No. 1 Alabama in 2010
- Getting blown out in the 2010 SEC Championship Game
- In the driver’s seat for another SEC East crown in 2013, only to have a loss to unranked Tennessee deny another trip to Atlanta
- Losing to the Citadel in 2015
I did some digging on Twitter to find more proof of the Gamecocks-as-the-Cubs and came across this gem from SI’s Andy Staples in 2009 (before many of the losses listed above even happened):
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 25, 2009
‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) October 24, 2016
In a since-deleted tweet, QB Perry Orth replied to The State’s status above with a simple, “Y’all are acting like I died. I appreciate the love, but the season isn’t over.”
Excuse me while I go back to the Chicken & Waffles from Tuesday and furiously rewrite my requiem for Perry Orth, starting QB blurb.
Seriously though, I love seeing this from a player. Basically he means, “Save your sympathy, we’ve still got games to win.” Orth is flirting with Shane Falco status with his response — I just wish he wouldn’t have deleted the tweet.
BREAKING: Sources have actually provided me with exclusive footage of the redshirt senior talking with the media on Wednesday …
In Case You Missed It
- Jake Bentley needs to work on his touchdown celebration, D.J. Smith tells The State.
- From ESPN, Bentley shows promise in his debut.
- Gamecocks Online profiles Hayden Hurst and his transition from minor league baseball to college football.
- Pro Football Focus names Jamarcus King to its Team of the Week for Week 8.
Freshman QB leads underdog Gamecocks against ranked Vols — sound familiar?
Hale McGranahan looks back at South Carolina’s 1992 win over Tennessee.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: After a slow start, the Gamecocks turned to an exciting freshman quarterback for a spark …
Steve Taneyhill, the flamboyant freshman QB and owner of an amazing mullet, would go on to orchestrate a 24-23 upset win over the No. 16-ranked Vols.
“We were always very confident, but then with Taneyhill, really confident, because we had a guy in there who had so much excitement.” running back Brandon Bennett said almost 25 years later. “He’s the quarterback. He’s your leader. And he’s in the huddle just getting as rowdy and crazy as the linebacker there on the other side of the field.”
Could history repeat itself Saturday night?
The Big Spur has a thorough overview of all the former Gamecocks currently in the MLB and MiLB systems.
Boston Red Sox All-Star OF Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the top billing, as he should.
The nonrev report
- The Gamecocks’ men’s soccer team suffered its first conference loss of the season on Wednesday night.
- The equestrian team climbed to No. 6 in the latest NCEA rankings.
- Despite graduating two All-Americans, men’s golf still has high expectations.
— Gamecock Swimming (@GamecockSwim) October 27, 2016
Whittle feels the love from the Vols.
— John Whittle (@johnmwhittle) October 26, 2016
Every time I watch this I’m further amazed he wasn’t seriously injured.
— Elliott fry (@elliott_fry22) October 23, 2016
Poor Mark, he has no idea of the roller coaster of joy and heartache that awaits him in 2010.
yet another killer, "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" loss by my Gamecocks… we are the college equivalent of the Cubs 🙁
— Mark Doebler (@Coach_Mark) September 13, 2009