SEC Nation panelists “inspired” by South Carolina’s handling of hardships
It came almost a month later than expected, but the SEC Nation crew is broadcasting live from Columbia, S.C. this Saturday for South Carolina’s game against The Citadel.
The panel was expected to be there for the Gamecocks’ Oct. 10 tilt against LSU, but extensive flooding in the area forced the game’s relocation to Baton Rouge, La. That and some of South Carolina’s other hardships, particularly away from the field, led to a moment of reflection on SEC Nation.
“Being here for two days and thinking about what this state has gone through back to the spring, I’ve seen the coming together of people of all races and all nationalities,” Paul Finebaum said. “It’s inspiring to me what Columbia has stood for and what this state has stood for.”
“How resilient the people of South Carolina have been,” added Tim Tebow. “They rallied together and they’re an inspiration to so many people around the country.”
“This is where we should be at this point — where people are here and getting back to football,” said Marcus Spears. “It’s such a fabric of what we do in the Southeast. To see the crowd and the people excited to play football in this stadium again, it’s an awesome experience for us.”
Additionally, Finebaum said he has noticed a change in the football team as well.
That Oct. 10 loss to LSU marked Steve Spurrier’s final game as the Gamecocks’ game before Shawn Elliott took over on an interim basis.
Finebaum believes it’s been a tale of two different South Carolina teams since the coaching change.
“Being here for a game without Steve Spurrier as head coach, I think he knew the circumstances, that change was needed,” Finebaum said. “He gave it to Shawn Elliott, and this South Carolina program has been better under Shawn Elliott than it had been the last couple of games under Spurrier. They’re playing with more emotion, more spirit, and they think they can win today (against The Citadel) and win the next game against the No. 1 team in the country in Clemson.”