COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mason Zandi does not like hearing Tennessee’s fight song, a sentiment that was reinforced during South Carolina’s Tuesday morning practice.
Coach Will Muschamp sent “Rocky Top” blaring as the Gamecocks got their preparations for Saturday’s game rolling, reminding Zandi of his feelings toward the song.
“’Rocky Top’ is a catchy song,” Zandi said. “I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t enjoy listening to that song at all. I hate it, but it’s catchy though.”
Muschamp’s logic for playing the Tennessee fight song leading up to Saturday’s 7:15 p.m. kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium is simple.
“Sometimes you get tired of listening to it and you don’t want to listen to it on game day,” Muschamp said. “So I told our guys, ‘Play good and you won’t have to listen to it.’ They are still going to play it, though.”
Zandi, despite his dislike for the song itself, did say the environment at Tennessee is something pretty special when “Rocky Top” is playing.
“If you take yourself out of who you pull for or who you play for, going into Neyland Stadium and a packed house, it’s a pretty cool environment,” he said.