Country music singer Darius Rucker is a South Carolina Gamecocks superfan. He’s at almost every game when he can be and isn’t out singing on the road.
So it would be significant if Rucker were to play on the Horseshoe again for the first time since 2015.
Back in August, South Carolina president Harris Pastides promised just that if the Gamecocks could win six games and become bowl eligible this season. After wins over Vanderbilt, East Carolina, UMASS, Tennessee and Missouri last weekend, the Gamecocks are just one win away from forcing Pastides to make good on his promise.
He reminded everyone on Twitter Sunday morning that he hasn’t forgotten.
I have not forgotten. One more win and Darius plays the Horseshoe. How 'bout three more and he plays Williams Brice?!
— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) November 6, 2016
But wait, what’s that last sentence? That’s right, if South Carolina wins out over Florida, Western Carolina and Clemson, Rucker could be rocking in front of over 80,000 people at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Pastides is probably smart enough to know it would take two huge victories for the program with the ultimate hurdle of Clemson as the highest mountain to climb, though we’re sure he would happily pay up if the Gamecocks somehow make it to eight wins.
The promise possibly coming to fruition is just the latest in what has been a wild SEC season. Just check out the original story by The State’s Noah Feit:
Despite all the coordinating of logistics that would go into arranging a concert by the Grand Ole Opry member and USC superfan, the biggest challenge to the potential show is the prospect of the Gamecocks winning six games.
Now that prospect is closer than ever to coming true.