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South Carolina Gamecocks

The South Carolina Gamecocks represent the University of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I.

South Carolina Gamecocks
UniversityUniversity of South Carolina
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
NCAADivision I (FBS)
Athletic directorRay Tanner
LocationColumbia, South Carolina
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumWilliams-Brice Stadium
Basketball arenaColonial Life Arena
Baseball stadiumFounders Park
Other arenasStone Stadium (soccer)
Beckham Field (softball)
Carolina Volleyball Center (volleyball)
MascotCocky
NicknameGamecocks
Fight song"The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way"
ColorsGarnet and black
Websitegamecocksonline.com

The University of South Carolina is the only major college athletic program in the country that uses "Fighting Gamecocks" as its official nickname and mascot. The University's athletic teams have been known as Gamecocks for almost 100 years.

At the turn of the century (1900), after struggling for more than decade under numerous nicknames, the school's football team was first referred to unofficially as "Gamecocks." In 1903, Columbia's morning newspaper, The State, shortened the name to one word and South Carolina teams have been Gamecocks ever since.

While the men's teams were traditionally known as the Fighting Gamecocks and the women's teams were previously known as the Lady Gamecocks, this distinction was discontinued in part to eliminate any gender bias in the athletic department and in part to counter misconceptions about the gamecock mascot endorsing bloodsport.

All of the University's varsity teams compete at the Division I level of the NCAA, and all but men's soccer and women's beach volleyball compete in the Southeastern Conference. Men's soccer competes in Conference USA and women's beach volleyball competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association because the SEC does not sponsor those sports.

The athletic department is supported with private money from the Gamecock Club. It was originally formed as the B.A.M. ("Buck-A-Month") Club in 1939 and 1940 to benefit the athletic programs from privately raised funds.

The university's athletic programs have earned ten national team titles and produced many Olympians. Tim Brando (formerly of CBS Sports) was quoted as saying, "You won't find any more loyal fans in the country than those who follow the South Carolina Gamecocks."

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SEC logo in South Carolina's colors

Nickname and colors

"Garnet and black" have been used by the University of South Carolina as its colors ever since the family of J. William Flinn presented a banner composed of those colors to the football team in November 1895, although there was no official adoption of the colors at that time. In 1900, the football team was first referred to as the "Gamecocks" by The State newspaper. The nickname was a reference to the fighting tactics of General Thomas Sumter, the Revolutionary War hero known as the Fighting Gamecock. Given that garnet and black were already in use and also the dominant colors on a gamecock, the university gradually adopted "Gamecocks" and "garnet and black" as the official nickname and colors for its athletic teams.

Conference history

The University of South Carolina was a member of the Southern Conference for men's basketball and football from 1922 until it became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. The Gamecocks left the ACC in 1971, following numerous disputes over the ACC's recruiting regulations and the political dominance of the conference's four North Carolina schools. USC then competed as an independent until 1983 when it joined the Metro Conference for all sports except football (which the Metro did not sponsor) and men's soccer. In 1991, the Gamecocks joined the Southeastern Conference when it increased its membership to 12 schools and split into two divisions. Since joining the SEC, the Gamecocks have been part of the league's East Division.

Men's soccer continued to compete as an independent since the SEC does not sponsor men's soccer, but joined the Metro Conference for the 1993 and 1994 seasons and has competed in Conference USA since 2005. Women's beach volleyball competed as an independent before joining the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year).

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Football Cross country
Golf Equestrian
Soccer Golf
Swimming & diving Soccer
Tennis Softball
Track & field Swimming & diving
Tennis
Track & field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

South Carolina sponsors team in 8 men's and 11 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. All programs compete in the Southeastern Conference with the exception of the men's soccer program which competes in Conference USA and the women's beach volleyball program competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association.

Football

The South Carolina Gamecocks football team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. On December 6, 2015, Will Muschamp was named the head coach. The team plays its home games at Williams-Brice Stadium, the 20th largest stadium in college football. Accomplishments include the 2010 SEC East title, the 1969 ACC championship, and numerous bowl victories and top 25 rankings. In 1980, George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy. Players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame include George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe. The current head coach is Shane Beamer.

Men's basketball

The South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks won Southern Conference titles in 1927, 1933, 1934, and 1945, and then they gained national attention under hall of fame coach Frank McGuire, posting a 205-65 record from 1967 to 1976, which included the 1970 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, 1971 ACC Tournament title, and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1971 to 1974. The program also won the 1997 SEC championship, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles in 2005 and 2006, and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern division title. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Frank Martin is the current head coach, and the team plays at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.

Women's basketball

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference. During the 1980s, the Gamecocks won five regular season Metro Conference championships and three conference tournament championships. Under their current head coach, 3-time olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley, the program continues to build on their accomplishments, winning the SEC regular season championship 4 years in a row (2014-2017) and the SEC tournament championship 3 years in a row (2015-2017). Under Staley, the Gamecocks have earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament 4 consecutive seasons (2014-2017). The 2015 season also saw the team win its first out of two NCAA regional championships (2015, 2017) and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament National Championship, marking the first ever National Championship that the men's or women's program has ever won in school history. The Gamecocks share a home with the South Carolina men's basketball team at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.

Baseball

The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in NCAA Division I college baseball. South Carolina has posted 29 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 College World Series berths, and two National Championships: 2010 and 2011. Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the team has competed in the Eastern division, where they have won seven divisional titles, three regular season conference championships (2000, 2002, 2011) and one SEC Tournament championship (2004). Mark Kingston is the current head coach. Between 2010 and 2012 the Gamecocks set two NCAA records for postseason success: the most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (22) and the most consecutive wins in the College World Series (12). The team plays its home games at Carolina Stadium (Founders Park), which opened on February 21, 2009.

Women's track and field

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's track and field team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the SEC, where they have won three conference championships (1999, 2002, 2005). The team has been coached by Curtis Frye since 1997, won the 2002 NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, and includes many Olympic medalists, such as Aleen Bailey, Natasha Hastings, and Tonique Williams-Darling.

ordered by revenue contribution to USC Athletic Department in FY2012.

Rugby

Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina rugby team is the oldest club sport at the school. The team plays Division 1 college rugby in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference against its SEC rivals. The rugby team finished second in the SCRC conference in 2013 and reached the national playoffs. The team improved and finished first in the SCRC conference in 2014, again qualifying for the national playoffs.

South Carolina rugby offers scholarships to certain athletes of up to $60,000 over a four-year period. The rugby team is supported by the Carolina Rugby Foundation and by the Carolina Men's Rugby Endowment Fund. The rugby team has been led since 2011 by head coach Mark Morris.

Lacrosse

2019 MCLA Division 1 National Champions

The Gamecocks have won ten national team championships: 2017 NCAA Championship in women's basketball; 2010 & 2011 NCAA Championships in baseball; 2002 NCAA Championship in women's outdoor track & field; 2005, 2007, and 2015 National Championships in women's equestrian; and 2005, 2006, and 2007 Hunt Seat National Championships in women's equestrian. Also, the men's and women's track & field teams have produced many NCAA individual champions, world championship medalists, and Olympic medalists. The baseball and basketball teams have also produced Olympic medalists. Other significant accomplishments include 2010 SEC Eastern Division Champions in football, NCAA runner-up four times in women's track & field (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), NCAA runner-up four times in baseball (1975, 1977, 2002, 2012), 1993 NCAA runner-up in men's soccer, 2005 & 2006 NIT champions in men's basketball, and the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

Sport Titles Coach (since) Facility
Baseball SEC East Champions: 7 (2016, 2012, 2011, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999)
SEC Champions: 3 (2011, 2002, 2000)
SEC Tournament Champions: 1 (2004)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 32
College World Series: 11
NCAA Runner-Up: 4 (2012, 2002, 1977, 1975)
NCAA Champions: 2 (2011, 2010)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (2000)
Mark Kingston (2017) Founders Park
Basketball Men's Southern Conference Champions: 4 (1945, 1934, 1933, 1927)
Southern Conference Tournament Champions: 1 (1933)
ACC Tournament Runner-Up: 2 (1970, 1957)
ACC Tournament Champions: 1 (1971)
SEC East Champions: 2 (2009, 1997)
SEC Champions: 1 (1997)
SEC Tournament Runner-Up: 2 (2006, 1998)
NIT Champions: 2 (2006, 2005)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 9
NCAA Final Four: 1 (2017)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (1972)
Frank Martin (2012) Colonial Life Arena
Women's NWIT Champions: 1 (1979)
Metro Conference Champions: 5 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986)
Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 3 (1989, 1988, 1986)
SEC Champions: 5 (2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
SEC Tournament Champions: 6 (2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
AIAW Tournament Appearances: 2
AIAW Final Four: 1 (1980, 3rd place)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 16
NCAA Final Four: 3 (2015, 2017, 2021)
NCAA Championship: 1 (2017)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (2004)
Dawn Staley (2008) Colonial Life Arena
Women's Cross Country Metro Conference Champions: 3 (1990, 1989, 1988) Stan Rosenthal (2001)
Women's Equestrian SEC Champions: 2 (2014, 2013)
NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions: 3 (2007, 2006, 2005)
NCEA National Champions: 3 (2015, 2007, 2005)
Boo Duncan (1998) One Wood Farm
Football Southern Conference Champions: 1 (1933)
ACC Champions: 1 (1969)
SEC East Champions: 1 (2010)
Bowl Appearances: 23 (9–14 record)
Heisman Trophies: 1 (1980 – George Rogers)
Shane Beamer (2020) Williams-Brice Stadium
Golf Men's ACC Runner-Up: 1 (1968)
ACC Champions: 1 (1964)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 2 (1991, 1990)
Metro Conference Runner-Up: 5 (1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1984)
Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1991)
SEC Individual Champions: 2 (2015, 1998)
SEC Runner-Up: 4 (2015, 2013, 2008, 1998)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 26
NCAA Regional Individual Champions: 2 (2001 West, 1999 East)
NCAA Regional Champions: 1 (2007 West)
Bill McDonald (2007) Cobblestone Park
Women's Metro Conference Individual Champions: 1 (1989)
Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1990)
SEC Individual Champions: 2 (2002, 2001)
SEC Runner-Up: 1 (2015)
SEC Champions: 1 (2002)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 23
NCAA Regional Individual Champions: 3 (2017 Columbus, 2010 East, 2008 East, 1995 East)
NCAA Regional Champions: 5 (2017 Columbus, 2016, 2015 East, 2012 East, 2010 East)
Kalen Anderson (2007) Cobblestone Park
Soccer Men's Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1993)
Conference USA Champions: 1 (2011)
Conference USA Tournament Champions: 2 (2010, 2005)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 20
NCAA Runner-Up: 1 (1993)
Mark Berson (1978) Stone Stadium (The Graveyard)
Women's SEC Champions: 2 (2011, 2016)
SEC Tournament Champions: 2 (2009, 2019)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 8
Shelley Smith (2001) Stone Stadium (The Graveyard)
Women's Beach Volleyball NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1 Moritz Moritz (2014) Carolina Beach Volleyball Complex
Softball SEC East Champions: 4 (2002, 2001, 1999, 1997)
SEC Champions: 1 (1997)
SEC Tournament Champions: 2 (2000, 1997)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 18
Beverly Smith (2010) Beckham Field
Swimming & Diving Men's ACC Individual Champions: 8
Metro Conference Champions: 8 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 8
SEC Individual Champions: 5
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 30
McGee Moody (2007) The Carolina Natatorium
Women's Metro Conference Champions: 6 (1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1985, 1984)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 4
SEC Individual Champions: 12
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 30
NCAA Individual Champions: 1 (2004 – Allison Brennan)
McGee Moody (2007) The Carolina Natatorium
Tennis Men's ACC Champions: 1 (1968)
ACC Tournament Champions: 1 (1968)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 3
Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 6 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986, 1985)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 22
NCAA Individual Champions: 1 (2019 – Paul Jubb)
Josh Goffi (2010) Carolina Tennis Stadium
Women's Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 5 (1990, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985)
SEC Tournament Champions: 1 (2019)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 29
Kevin Epley (2012) Carolina Tennis Stadium
Track and Field Men's ACC Individual Champions: 16 (indoor), 33 (outdoor)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 32 (outdoor)
SEC Individual Champions: 23 (indoor), 26 (outdoor)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 20 (indoor), 25 (outdoor)
NCAA Individual Champions: 8 (indoor), 10 (outdoor)
Olympic Medalists: 5
Curtis Frye (1996) Weems Baskin Track Facility
Women's Metro Conference Individual Champions: 5 (outdoor)
SEC Individual Champions: 22 (indoor), 46 (outdoor)
SEC Outdoor Champions: 3 (2005, 2002, 1999)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 19 (indoor), 20 (outdoor)
NCAA Individual Champions: 14 (indoor), 14 (outdoor)
NCAA Indoor Runner-Up: 3 (2003, 2001, 2000)
NCAA Outdoor Runner-Up: 1 (2005)
NCAA Outdoor Champions: 1 (2002)
Olympic Medalists: 5
Curtis Frye (1996) Weems Baskin Track Facility
Women's Volleyball Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 1 (1984)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7
Dottie Hampton (2017) Volleyball Competition Facility

Baseball

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Men's Swimming & Diving

  • Alex Alexander (1964, Australia, Individual Medley)
  • Jean-Marie Arnould (1988, Belgium, Freestyle)
  • István Batházi (1996, 2000, & 2004; Hungary; Individual Medley)
  • Tamas Batházi (2004, Hungary)
  • Gary Binfield (1988, Great Britain)
  • Javier Botello (2000, Spain)
  • Zsolt Gaspar (2000 & 2004, Hungary, Butterfly)
  • Rik Leishman (1992, Great Britain, Butterfly)
  • Tamás Szűcs (2004, Hungary, Freestyle)
  • Akaram Mahmoud (2016, Egypt, Freestyle)

Women's Swimming & Diving

  • Vivian Alberty (1996, Puerto Rico, Diving)
  • Isabelle Arnould (1988, Belgium, Freestyle)
  • Shelly Cramer (1976 & 1980, Virgin Islands)
  • Michelle Davison (2000, United States, Diving)
  • Sharntelle McLean (2004 & 2008, Trinidad and Tobago, Freestyle)
  • Anna Nyiry (1996, Hungary)
  • Tracey Richardson (2004, Great Britain, 3 Meter Springboard)
  • Heather Roffey (2004, Cayman Islands, Freestyle & Butterfly)
  • Julia Vincent (2016, South Africa, 3 Meter Springboard)

Men's Track & Field

  • Leroy Dixon (2008, United States, 4 × 100 Meter Relay)
  • Adrian Durant (2004; Virgin Islands; 100 Meters, 200 Meters, & 4 × 100 Meter Relay)
  • Otis Harris (2004, United States; 400 Meters, Silver Medal; 4 × 400 Meter Relay, Gold Medal)
  • Rodney Martin (2008, United States, 4 × 100 Meter Relay)
  • Jason Richardson (2012, United States, 110 Meter Hurdles, Silver Medal)
  • Brad Snyder (1996, 2000, & 2004; Canada; Shot Put)
  • Terrence Trammell (2000, 2004, & 2008; United States; 110 Meter Hurdles; 2000 & 2004 Silver Medals)
  • Marvin Watts (2000, Jamaica, 800 Meters)

Women's Track & Field

  • Aliyah Abrams (2016, Guyana, 400 Meters)
  • Aleen Bailey (2004 & 2008, Jamaica, 4 × 100 Meter Relay, 2004 Gold Medal)
  • Miki Barber (2000, United States, 4 × 400 Meter Relay)
  • Kierre Beckles (2016, Barbados, 100 Meter Hurdles)
  • Lashinda Demus (2004 & 2012, United States, 400 Meter Hurdles, 2012 Silver Medal)
  • Dawn Ellerbe (2000, United States, Hammer Throw)
  • Michelle Fournier (2000 & 2004, Canada, Hammer Throw)
  • Chelsea Hammond (2008, Jamaica, Long Jump)
  • Natasha Hastings (2008, 2012, & 2016, United States, 4 × 400 Meter Relay, 2008 Gold Medal)
  • Charmaine Howell (2000, Jamaica, 4 × 400 Meter Relay, Silver Medal)
  • Mechelle Lewis (2008, United States, 4 × 100 Meter Relay)
  • Lisa Misipeka (1996, 2000, & 2004, American Samoa, Hammer Throw & Shot Put)
  • Jeannelle Scheper (2016, St. Lucia, High Jump)
  • Shevon Stoddart (2004 & 2008, Jamaica, 400 Meter Hurdles)
  • Tiffany Williams (2008, United States, 400 Meter Hurdles)
  • Tonique Williams-Darling (2000 & 2004, The Bahamas, 400 Meters, 2004 Gold Medal)

NCAA team championships

South Carolina has won 4 NCAA team national championships.

Other national team championships

Below are the 6 National team titles that are not recognized by the NCAA:

  • Women's
    • Equestrian (6): NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions: 3 (2007, 2006, 2005)
      NCEA National Champions: 3 (2015, 2007, 2005)

South Carolina's foremost rival is Clemson University. The two institutions are separated by just over 125 miles (201 km) and have been bitter rivals since Clemson's founding in 1889. A heated rivalry continues to this day for a variety of reasons, including the historic tensions regarding their respective charters along with the passions surrounding their athletic programs. The annual South Carolina-Clemson football game is the longest uninterrupted series in the South and the third longest uninterrupted series overall, first played in 1896 (four years after South Carolina's inaugural season), and played every year from 1909 to 2019.The 2020 football game did not occur due to scheduling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rivalry is scheduled to continue for the 2021 football season. Their baseball programs consistently qualify for the NCAA playoffs and frequently earn berths to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

South Carolina continues to develop rivalries with other members of the SEC's Eastern Division. South Carolina's main SEC rival has been the University of Georgia due to its proximity and the many years of competition before the Gamecocks joined the SEC. The "Halloween Game" against the University of Tennessee has the potential to be a big football game every year.

When South Carolina was a member of the ACC (1953–1971), there was an intense rivalry with the University of North Carolina, particularly in basketball, since Frank McGuire had coached UNC but moved to Columbia to coach the Gamecocks. The rivalry was renewed in football during the 2007 season, with the Gamecocks defeating the Tar Heels 21-15.

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South Carolina Gamecocks Language Watch Edit The South Carolina Gamecocks represent the University of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I South Carolina GamecocksUniversityUniversity of South CarolinaConferenceSoutheastern ConferenceNCAADivision I FBS Athletic directorRay TannerLocationColumbia South CarolinaVarsity teams19Football stadiumWilliams Brice StadiumBasketball arenaColonial Life ArenaBaseball stadiumFounders ParkOther arenasStone Stadium soccer Beckham Field softball Carolina Volleyball Center volleyball MascotCockyNicknameGamecocksFight song The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way 1 ColorsGarnet and black 2 Websitegamecocksonline wbr com The University of South Carolina is the only major college athletic program in the country that uses Fighting Gamecocks as its official nickname and mascot The University s athletic teams have been known as Gamecocks for almost 100 years At the turn of the century 1900 after struggling for more than decade under numerous nicknames the school s football team was first referred to unofficially as Gamecocks In 1903 Columbia s morning newspaper The State shortened the name to one word and South Carolina teams have been Gamecocks ever since While the men s teams were traditionally known as the Fighting Gamecocks and the women s teams were previously known as the Lady Gamecocks this distinction was discontinued in part to eliminate any gender bias in the athletic department and in part to counter misconceptions about the gamecock mascot endorsing bloodsport 1 All of the University s varsity teams compete at the Division I level of the NCAA and all but men s soccer and women s beach volleyball compete in the Southeastern Conference 3 Men s soccer competes in Conference USA and women s beach volleyball competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association because the SEC does not sponsor those sports The athletic department is supported with private money from the Gamecock Club It was originally formed as the B A M Buck A Month Club in 1939 and 1940 to benefit the athletic programs from privately raised funds 4 The university s athletic programs have earned ten national team titles and produced many Olympians Tim Brando formerly of CBS Sports was quoted as saying You won t find any more loyal fans in the country than those who follow the South Carolina Gamecocks 5 Contents 1 Athletics history 1 1 Nickname and colors 1 2 Conference history 2 Sports sponsored 2 1 Football 2 2 Men s basketball 2 3 Women s basketball 2 4 Baseball 2 5 Women s track and field 3 Notable non varsity sports 3 1 Rugby 3 2 Lacrosse 4 Titles coaches and facilities 5 Gamecocks in the Olympics 6 Championships 6 1 NCAA team championships 6 2 Other national team championships 7 Rivalries 8 References 9 External linksAthletics history Edit SEC logo in South Carolina s colors Nickname and colors Edit Garnet and black have been used by the University of South Carolina as its colors ever since the family of J William Flinn presented a banner composed of those colors to the football team in November 1895 although there was no official adoption of the colors at that time In 1900 the football team was first referred to as the Gamecocks by The State newspaper The nickname was a reference to the fighting tactics of General Thomas Sumter the Revolutionary War hero known as the Fighting Gamecock Given that garnet and black were already in use and also the dominant colors on a gamecock the university gradually adopted Gamecocks and garnet and black as the official nickname and colors for its athletic teams 6 Conference history Edit The University of South Carolina was a member of the Southern Conference for men s basketball and football from 1922 until it became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953 The Gamecocks left the ACC in 1971 following numerous disputes over the ACC s recruiting regulations and the political dominance of the conference s four North Carolina schools 7 USC then competed as an independent until 1983 when it joined the Metro Conference for all sports except football which the Metro did not sponsor and men s soccer In 1991 the Gamecocks joined the Southeastern Conference when it increased its membership to 12 schools and split into two divisions Since joining the SEC the Gamecocks have been part of the league s East Division Men s soccer continued to compete as an independent since the SEC does not sponsor men s soccer but joined the Metro Conference for the 1993 and 1994 seasons and has competed in Conference USA since 2005 Women s beach volleyball competed as an independent before joining the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association for the 2016 season 2015 16 school year 3 8 Sports sponsored EditMen s sports Women s sportsBaseball BasketballBasketball Beach volleyballFootball Cross countryGolf EquestrianSoccer GolfSwimming amp diving SoccerTennis SoftballTrack amp field Swimming amp divingTennisTrack amp field Volleyball Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor South Carolina sponsors team in 8 men s and 11 women s NCAA sanctioned sports All programs compete in the Southeastern Conference with the exception of the men s soccer program which competes in Conference USA and the women s beach volleyball program competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Football Edit Main article South Carolina Gamecocks football The South Carolina Gamecocks football team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference On December 6 2015 Will Muschamp was named the head coach The team plays its home games at Williams Brice Stadium the 20th largest stadium in college football Accomplishments include the 2010 SEC East title the 1969 ACC championship and numerous bowl victories and top 25 rankings In 1980 George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy Players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame include George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe The current head coach is Shane Beamer Men s basketball Edit Main article South Carolina Gamecocks men s basketball The South Carolina Gamecocks men s basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference SEC The Gamecocks won Southern Conference titles in 1927 1933 1934 and 1945 and then they gained national attention under hall of fame coach Frank McGuire posting a 205 65 record from 1967 to 1976 which included the 1970 Atlantic Coast Conference ACC championship 1971 ACC Tournament title and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1971 to 1974 The program also won the 1997 SEC championship National Invitation Tournament NIT titles in 2005 and 2006 and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern division title Most recently the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history Frank Martin is the current head coach and the team plays at the 18 000 seat Colonial Life Arena Women s basketball Edit Main article South Carolina Gamecocks women s basketball The South Carolina Gamecocks women s basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference During the 1980s the Gamecocks won five regular season Metro Conference championships and three conference tournament championships Under their current head coach 3 time olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley the program continues to build on their accomplishments winning the SEC regular season championship 4 years in a row 2014 2017 and the SEC tournament championship 3 years in a row 2015 2017 Under Staley the Gamecocks have earned a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament 4 consecutive seasons 2014 2017 The 2015 season also saw the team win its first out of two NCAA regional championships 2015 2017 and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history Most recently the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women s Basketball Tournament National Championship marking the first ever National Championship that the men s or women s program has ever won in school history The Gamecocks share a home with the South Carolina men s basketball team at the 18 000 seat Colonial Life Arena Baseball Edit Main article South Carolina Gamecocks baseball The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in NCAA Division I college baseball South Carolina has posted 29 NCAA Tournament appearances 11 College World Series berths and two National Championships 2010 and 2011 Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992 the team has competed in the Eastern division where they have won seven divisional titles three regular season conference championships 2000 2002 2011 and one SEC Tournament championship 2004 Mark Kingston is the current head coach Between 2010 and 2012 the Gamecocks set two NCAA records for postseason success the most consecutive NCAA tournament wins 22 and the most consecutive wins in the College World Series 12 The team plays its home games at Carolina Stadium Founders Park which opened on February 21 2009 9 Women s track and field Edit Main article South Carolina Gamecocks women s track and field The South Carolina Gamecocks women s track and field team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the SEC where they have won three conference championships 1999 2002 2005 The team has been coached by Curtis Frye since 1997 won the 2002 NCAA Women s Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship and includes many Olympic medalists such as Aleen Bailey Natasha Hastings and Tonique Williams Darling ordered by revenue contribution to USC Athletic Department in FY2012 10 Notable non varsity sports EditRugby Edit Founded in 1967 the University of South Carolina rugby team is the oldest club sport at the school 11 The team plays Division 1 college rugby in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference against its SEC rivals The rugby team finished second in the SCRC conference in 2013 and reached the national playoffs 11 The team improved and finished first in the SCRC conference in 2014 again qualifying for the national playoffs 12 South Carolina rugby offers scholarships to certain athletes of up to 60 000 over a four year period 13 14 The rugby team is supported by the Carolina Rugby Foundation and by the Carolina Men s Rugby Endowment Fund 15 The rugby team has been led since 2011 by head coach Mark Morris Lacrosse Edit 2019 MCLA Division 1 National ChampionsTitles coaches and facilities EditThe Gamecocks have won ten national team championships 2017 NCAA Championship in women s basketball 2010 amp 2011 NCAA Championships in baseball 2002 NCAA Championship in women s outdoor track amp field 2005 2007 and 2015 National Championships in women s equestrian and 2005 2006 and 2007 Hunt Seat National Championships in women s equestrian Also the men s and women s track amp field teams have produced many NCAA individual champions world championship medalists and Olympic medalists The baseball and basketball teams have also produced Olympic medalists Other significant accomplishments include 2010 SEC Eastern Division Champions in football NCAA runner up four times in women s track amp field 2000 2001 2003 2005 NCAA runner up four times in baseball 1975 1977 2002 2012 1993 NCAA runner up in men s soccer 2005 amp 2006 NIT champions in men s basketball and the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers Sport Titles 3 Coach since FacilityBaseball SEC East Champions 7 2016 2012 2011 2003 2002 2000 1999 SEC Champions 3 2011 2002 2000 SEC Tournament Champions 1 2004 NCAA Tournament Appearances 32 College World Series 11 NCAA Runner Up 4 2012 2002 1977 1975 NCAA Champions 2 2011 2010 Olympic Medalists 1 2000 Mark Kingston 2017 Founders ParkBasketball Men s Southern Conference Champions 4 1945 1934 1933 1927 Southern Conference Tournament Champions 1 1933 ACC Tournament Runner Up 2 1970 1957 ACC Tournament Champions 1 1971 SEC East Champions 2 2009 1997 SEC Champions 1 1997 SEC Tournament Runner Up 2 2006 1998 NIT Champions 2 2006 2005 NCAA Tournament Appearances 9 NCAA Final Four 1 2017 Olympic Medalists 1 1972 Frank Martin 2012 Colonial Life ArenaWomen s NWIT Champions 1 1979 Metro Conference Champions 5 1991 1990 1989 1988 1986 Metro Conference Tournament Champions 3 1989 1988 1986 SEC Champions 5 2020 2017 2016 2015 2014 SEC Tournament Champions 6 2021 2020 2018 2017 2016 2015 AIAW Tournament Appearances 2 AIAW Final Four 1 1980 3rd place NCAA Tournament Appearances 16 NCAA Final Four 3 2015 2017 2021 NCAA Championship 1 2017 Olympic Medalists 1 2004 Dawn Staley 2008 Colonial Life ArenaWomen s Cross Country Metro Conference Champions 3 1990 1989 1988 Stan Rosenthal 2001 Women s Equestrian SEC Champions 2 2014 2013 NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions 3 2007 2006 2005 NCEA National Champions 3 2015 2007 2005 Boo Duncan 1998 One Wood FarmFootball Southern Conference Champions 1 1933 ACC Champions 1 1969 SEC East Champions 1 2010 Bowl Appearances 23 9 14 record Heisman Trophies 1 1980 George Rogers Shane Beamer 2020 Williams Brice StadiumGolf Men s ACC Runner Up 1 1968 ACC Champions 1 1964 Metro Conference Individual Champions 2 1991 1990 Metro Conference Runner Up 5 1990 1989 1988 1986 1984 Metro Conference Champions 1 1991 SEC Individual Champions 2 2015 1998 SEC Runner Up 4 2015 2013 2008 1998 NCAA Tournament Appearances 26 NCAA Regional Individual Champions 2 2001 West 1999 East NCAA Regional Champions 1 2007 West Bill McDonald 2007 Cobblestone ParkWomen s Metro Conference Individual Champions 1 1989 Metro Conference Champions 1 1990 SEC Individual Champions 2 2002 2001 SEC Runner Up 1 2015 SEC Champions 1 2002 NCAA Tournament Appearances 23 NCAA Regional Individual Champions 3 2017 Columbus 2010 East 2008 East 1995 East NCAA Regional Champions 5 2017 Columbus 2016 2015 East 2012 East 2010 East Kalen Anderson 2007 Cobblestone ParkSoccer Men s Metro Conference Champions 1 1993 Conference USA Champions 1 2011 Conference USA Tournament Champions 2 2010 2005 NCAA Tournament Appearances 20 NCAA Runner Up 1 1993 Mark Berson 1978 Stone Stadium The Graveyard Women s SEC Champions 2 2011 2016 SEC Tournament Champions 2 2009 2019 NCAA Tournament Appearances 8 Shelley Smith 2001 Stone Stadium The Graveyard Women s Beach Volleyball NCAA Tournament Appearances 1 Moritz Moritz 2014 Carolina Beach Volleyball ComplexSoftball SEC East Champions 4 2002 2001 1999 1997 SEC Champions 1 1997 SEC Tournament Champions 2 2000 1997 NCAA Tournament Appearances 18 Beverly Smith 2010 Beckham FieldSwimming amp Diving Men s ACC Individual Champions 8 Metro Conference Champions 8 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 Metro Conference Individual Champions 8 SEC Individual Champions 5 NCAA Tournament Appearances 30 McGee Moody 2007 The Carolina NatatoriumWomen s Metro Conference Champions 6 1990 1989 1988 1986 1985 1984 Metro Conference Individual Champions 4 SEC Individual Champions 12 NCAA Tournament Appearances 30 NCAA Individual Champions 1 2004 Allison Brennan McGee Moody 2007 The Carolina NatatoriumTennis Men s ACC Champions 1 1968 ACC Tournament Champions 1 1968 Metro Conference Individual Champions 3 Metro Conference Tournament Champions 6 1991 1990 1989 1987 1986 1985 NCAA Tournament Appearances 22 NCAA Individual Champions 1 2019 Paul Jubb Josh Goffi 2010 Carolina Tennis StadiumWomen s Metro Conference Tournament Champions 5 1990 1988 1987 1986 1985 SEC Tournament Champions 1 2019 NCAA Tournament Appearances 29 Kevin Epley 2012 Carolina Tennis StadiumTrack and Field Men s ACC Individual Champions 16 indoor 33 outdoor Metro Conference Individual Champions 32 outdoor SEC Individual Champions 23 indoor 26 outdoor NCAA Tournament Appearances 20 indoor 25 outdoor NCAA Individual Champions 8 indoor 10 outdoor Olympic Medalists 5 Curtis Frye 1996 Weems Baskin Track FacilityWomen s Metro Conference Individual Champions 5 outdoor SEC Individual Champions 22 indoor 46 outdoor SEC Outdoor Champions 3 2005 2002 1999 NCAA Tournament Appearances 19 indoor 20 outdoor NCAA Individual Champions 14 indoor 14 outdoor NCAA Indoor Runner Up 3 2003 2001 2000 NCAA Outdoor Runner Up 1 2005 NCAA Outdoor Champions 1 2002 Olympic Medalists 5 Curtis Frye 1996 Weems Baskin Track FacilityWomen s Volleyball Metro Conference Tournament Champions 1 1984 NCAA Tournament Appearances 7 Dottie Hampton 2017 Volleyball Competition FacilityGamecocks in the Olympics EditBaseball Adam Everett 2000 United States Shortstop Gold Medal Men s Basketball Kevin Joyce 1972 United States Guard Silver Medal Marijonas Petravicius 2008 Lithuanian Center Women s Basketball Laeticia Amihere 2020 Canada Ilona Burgrova 2012 Czech Republic Center Allisha Gray 2020 United States 3x3 Shannon Johnson 2004 United States Point Guard Gold Medal Iva Sliskovic 2012 Croatia A ja Wilson 2020 United States Men s Swimming amp Diving Alex Alexander 1964 Australia Individual Medley Jean Marie Arnould 1988 Belgium Freestyle Istvan Bathazi 1996 2000 amp 2004 Hungary Individual Medley Tamas Bathazi 2004 Hungary Gary Binfield 1988 Great Britain Javier Botello 2000 Spain Zsolt Gaspar 2000 amp 2004 Hungary Butterfly Rik Leishman 1992 Great Britain Butterfly Tamas Szucs 2004 Hungary Freestyle Akaram Mahmoud 2016 Egypt Freestyle Women s Swimming amp Diving Vivian Alberty 1996 Puerto Rico Diving Isabelle Arnould 1988 Belgium Freestyle Shelly Cramer 1976 amp 1980 Virgin Islands Michelle Davison 2000 United States Diving Sharntelle McLean 2004 amp 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Freestyle Anna Nyiry 1996 Hungary Tracey Richardson 2004 Great Britain 3 Meter Springboard Heather Roffey 2004 Cayman Islands Freestyle amp Butterfly Julia Vincent 2016 South Africa 3 Meter Springboard Men s Track amp Field Leroy Dixon 2008 United States 4 100 Meter Relay Adrian Durant 2004 Virgin Islands 100 Meters 200 Meters amp 4 100 Meter Relay Otis Harris 2004 United States 400 Meters Silver Medal 4 400 Meter Relay Gold Medal Rodney Martin 2008 United States 4 100 Meter Relay Jason Richardson 2012 United States 110 Meter Hurdles Silver Medal Brad Snyder 1996 2000 amp 2004 Canada Shot Put Terrence Trammell 2000 2004 amp 2008 United States 110 Meter Hurdles 2000 amp 2004 Silver Medals Marvin Watts 2000 Jamaica 800 Meters Women s Track amp Field Aliyah Abrams 2016 Guyana 400 Meters Aleen Bailey 2004 amp 2008 Jamaica 4 100 Meter Relay 2004 Gold Medal Miki Barber 2000 United States 4 400 Meter Relay Kierre Beckles 2016 Barbados 100 Meter Hurdles Lashinda Demus 2004 amp 2012 United States 400 Meter Hurdles 2012 Silver Medal Dawn Ellerbe 2000 United States Hammer Throw Michelle Fournier 2000 amp 2004 Canada Hammer Throw Chelsea Hammond 2008 Jamaica Long Jump Natasha Hastings 2008 2012 amp 2016 United States 4 400 Meter Relay 2008 Gold Medal Charmaine Howell 2000 Jamaica 4 400 Meter Relay Silver Medal Mechelle Lewis 2008 United States 4 100 Meter Relay Lisa Misipeka 1996 2000 amp 2004 American Samoa Hammer Throw amp Shot Put Jeannelle Scheper 2016 St Lucia High Jump Shevon Stoddart 2004 amp 2008 Jamaica 400 Meter Hurdles Tiffany Williams 2008 United States 400 Meter Hurdles Tonique Williams Darling 2000 amp 2004 The Bahamas 400 Meters 2004 Gold Medal Championships EditNCAA team championships Edit South Carolina has won 4 NCAA team national championships 16 Men s 2 Baseball 2 2010 2011 Women s 2 Outdoor Track and Field 1 2002 Basketball 1 2017 see also SEC NCAA team championships List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championshipsOther national team championships Edit Below are the 6 National team titles that are not recognized by the NCAA Women s Equestrian 6 NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions 3 2007 2006 2005 NCEA National Champions 3 2015 2007 2005 Rivalries EditSee also Carolina Clemson rivalry South Carolina s foremost rival is Clemson University The two institutions are separated by just over 125 miles 201 km and have been bitter rivals since Clemson s founding in 1889 A heated rivalry continues to this day for a variety of reasons including the historic tensions regarding their respective charters along with the passions surrounding their athletic programs The annual South Carolina Clemson football game is the longest uninterrupted series in the South and the third longest uninterrupted series overall first played in 1896 four years after South Carolina s inaugural season and played every year from 1909 to 2019 17 The 2020 football game did not occur due to scheduling amidst the COVID 19 pandemic but the rivalry is scheduled to continue for the 2021 football season Their baseball programs consistently qualify for the NCAA playoffs and frequently earn berths to the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska South Carolina continues to develop rivalries with other members of the SEC s Eastern Division South Carolina s main SEC rival has been the University of Georgia due to its proximity and the many years of competition before the Gamecocks joined the SEC The Halloween Game against the University of Tennessee has the potential to be a big football game every year When South Carolina was a member of the ACC 1953 1971 there was an intense rivalry with the University of North Carolina particularly in basketball since Frank McGuire had coached UNC but moved to Columbia to coach the Gamecocks The rivalry was renewed in football during the 2007 season with the Gamecocks defeating the Tar Heels 21 15 References Edit a b Gamecock Traditions South Carolina Gamecocks Archived from the original on March 17 2017 Retrieved February 28 2017 Colors Communications and Public Affairs University of South Carolina Retrieved July 16 2019 a b c South Carolina Athletics History South Carolina Gamecocks Archived from the original on January 27 2017 Retrieved February 28 2017 Lesesne Henry H 2001 A History of the University of South Carolina 1940 2000 University of South Carolina Press p 66 THE BEST IN THE NATION PDF 2005 South Carolina Gamecocks Media Guide South Carolina Gamecocks August 3 2005 Archived PDF from the original on March 3 2016 Retrieved February 28 2017 Green Edwin Luther 1916 History of the University of South Carolina The State Company p 460 Contents Archived from the original on 2015 04 14 CCSA Rebrands With Beach Volleyball Expansion Press release Coastal Collegiate Sports Association October 20 2015 Archived from the original on November 20 2015 Retrieved November 1 2015 Opening Day Ceremonies To Be Held At Carolina Stadium Archived from the original on 2009 02 25 Gamecock Athletics Mean Big Business Columbia Metro May 2013 columbiametro com Archived from the original on 2015 04 02 a b Carolina Rugby Foundation PDF Carolina Rugby Official Home of South Carolina Rugby Archived from the original on 2014 11 06 Rugby Scholarship Endowed at South Carolina Archived 2015 05 09 at the Wayback Machine Goff Rugby Report May 6 2015 Gamecocks Announce Scholarship Recipients Archived 2017 06 30 at the Wayback Machine Goff Rugby Report January 20 2016 Carolina Endowment Official Home of South Carolina Rugby Archived from the original on 2014 11 06 Archived copy PDF Archived PDF from the original on 2014 03 20 Retrieved 2015 05 24 CS1 maint archived copy as title link NCAA football records Archived 2007 07 10 at the Wayback Machine p 111 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to University of South Carolina athletics Official website Sports portal United States portal Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title South Carolina Gamecocks amp oldid 1053482195, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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