Between widespread flooding that relocated a home game to Louisiana and Steve Spurrier’s sudden resignation on Tuesday, South Carolina has dealt with plenty over the past two weeks.
Interim coach Shawn Elliott knows this as well as anyone, and following Saturday’s 19-10 win over Vanderbilt, he praised every member of his team for overcoming those circumstances in a heartfelt postgame speech.
“Let me tell you what,” Elliott said, “you were put in a situation this week, I don’t know if any other team in the country has ever been put in a situation like y’all have been put in. It was tough. It was tough (for) me, coaches, on y’all. It was tough. But man I tell you what, you didn’t bat an eye, you kept going. You let a major distraction become a minimal distraction, and you won the game… You all played one hell of a game with our backs against the wall. I can’t stress to you how proud we are of you.”
You can watch the entirety of Elliott’s speech here, during which he also awards the entire team the game ball and leads a rowdy victory celebration.