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Gamecock Football: Winning Sells Tickets

What a difference winning makes … The University of South Carolina – which was struggling to fill seats at Williams-Brice Stadium four years ago – announced this week it had sold 51,500 season tickets for the 2013 season, its highest total since 2008. The school also announced that single game…

What a difference winning makes …

The University of South Carolina – which was struggling to fill seats at Williams-Brice Stadium four years ago – announced this week it had sold 51,500 season tickets for the 2013 season, its highest total since 2008. The school also announced that single game tickets for home tilts against Florida (November 16) and arch-rival Clemson (November 30) were sold out.

“We are very appreciative of our fans supporting Coach (Steve) Spurrier and our football team to this level,” USC athletics director Ray Tanner said. “We are in the midst of the greatest era in Gamecock football history and the pre-season polls have us continuing that success this season.”

South Carolina enters the 2013 season ranked No. 7 in the nation after winning a school record 11 games in back-to-back seasons – and earning the program’s first-ever Top Ten finishes.

The Gamecocks have won a pair of big bowl games – as well as three straight games over SEC East rivals Georgia and Tennessee and four straight games over head coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.

Despite the hype, Spurrier continues to downplay expectations … referring to his squad as an “unknown team.”

Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Jadeveon Clowney, USC opens its upcoming campaign on Thursday, August 29 at home against the University of North Carolina. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. EDT with ESPN televising the game nationally.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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44 comments

Gamecock Hall of Fame August 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

Clowney is awesome but we still have to put some up some scores. Looks like a full-on passing assault is in order.

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Gamecock Hall of Fame August 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

Clowney is awesome but we still have to put some up some scores. Looks like a full-on passing assault is in order.

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Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

How many of those people will still leave at half-time? USC isn’t a football school, its a tailgating school.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Forgive me for saying this, but…

Fuck you.

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Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

That’s about how I’d expect a USC law school graduate to respond.

Guess I touched a nerve.

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Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

GreenvilleLwyr,
no need to worry about squishy wishy not worth a pissy, He has no life so he has come on here to bash USC to give himself some sort of purpose. He is stuck in the basement of his parents house all day. He is what is known as a troll.

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Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Yet your life is so great that you have nothing more to do than follow me around like a lost puppy and comment on every post I make.

Where can I find a basement in South Carolina?

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

oh what’s the matter squishy Wishy not worth a pissy? did that sting a bit? Did I touch a nerve as you like to say?

Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Wow two more responses from Dabo… and such lovely rhyming, I guess that rap career may be an option.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy, are you just so funny?

Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

You’re not getting in my pants that easy… you sweet talker you.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy acting like he is not having a hissy.

Squishy123 August 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

It appears that you are now my bitch.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy has become my new little bitchy

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

squishy wishy not worth a pissy is having a little hissy. Guess I touched a nerve as you say.

Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

How many of those people will still leave at half-time? USC isn’t a football school, its a tailgating school.

Reply
GreenvilleLwyr August 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Forgive me for saying this, but…

Fuck you.

Reply
Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

That’s about how I’d expect a USC law school graduate to respond.

Guess I touched a nerve.

Reply
Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

GreenvilleLwyr,
no need to worry about squishy wishy not worth a pissy, He has no life so he has come on here to bash USC to give himself some sort of purpose. He is stuck in the basement of his parents house all day. He is what is known as a troll.

Reply
Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Yet your life is so great that you have nothing more to do than follow me around like a lost puppy and comment on every post I make.

Where can I find a basement in South Carolina?

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

oh what’s the matter squishy Wishy not worth a pissy? did that sting a bit? Did I touch a nerve as you like to say?

Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Wow two more responses from Dabo… and such lovely rhyming, I guess that rap career may be an option.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy, are you just so funny?

Squishy123 August 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

You’re not getting in my pants that easy… you sweet talker you.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy acting like he is not having a hissy.

Squishy123 August 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

It appears that you are now my bitch.

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Squishy Wishy not worth a Pissy has become my new little bitchy

Dabo is Spurrier's Bitch August 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

squishy wishy not worth a pissy is having a little hissy. Guess I touched a nerve as you say.

Crooner August 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

I am a “silver spur” and couldn’t get single game tickets to those two contests. Now only if this renewed interest in Gamecock Football can salvage my Carolina Walk investment.

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southmauldin August 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The condo or the parking spot? I’m only upside down 60% on the parking spot.

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Crooner August 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

I am a “silver spur” and couldn’t get single game tickets to those two contests. Now only if this renewed interest in Gamecock Football can salvage my Carolina Walk investment.

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southmauldin August 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The condo or the parking spot? I’m only upside down 60% on the parking spot.

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utah August 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

The opening game kicks at 6, not 6:30.

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utah August 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

The opening game kicks at 6, not 6:30.

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utah August 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

The game kicks at 6, not 6:30. I thought we covered this yesterday.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8987062/espn-networks-2013-college-football-schedule

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utah August 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

The game kicks at 6, not 6:30. I thought we covered this yesterday.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8987062/espn-networks-2013-college-football-schedule

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shifty henry August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Great photo – but would be better if there some GAMECOCKS on the field!

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The Colonel August 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

There are, they’re dress in black ready to kickoff to somebody dressed in all white?

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shifty henry August 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

Dammit — you made me look!

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shifty henry August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Great photo – but would be better if there some GAMECOCKS on the field!

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The Colonel (R) August 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

There are, they’re dress in black ready to kickoff to somebody dressed in all white?

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shifty henry August 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

Dammit — you made me look!

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CL August 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Struggle is not really a fair description. Attendance was down across the country because of the economy, but our attendance relative to other schools was remarkably consistent from 2007-2012. USC was usually either 17th or 18th, with one year where it rose to 16th and one where it dropped to 19th. I linked to a report with the 2011 attendance. Just change the year in the URL to see different seasons.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/Attendance/2011.pdf

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CL August 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Struggle is not really a fair description. Attendance was down across the country because of the economy, but our attendance relative to other schools was remarkably consistent from 2007-2012. USC was usually either 17th or 18th, with one year where it rose to 16th and one where it dropped to 19th. I linked to a report with the 2011 attendance. Just change the year in the URL to see different seasons.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/Attendance/2011.pdf

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