2010 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

On the heels of the commitment of Marcus Lattimore, USC’s National Championship in baseball and the launch of The Rubber Chickens blog, 2010 was setting up nicely to be a big year for Gamecock football. Which it needed to be, as the Steve Spurrier era had been average at best through 2009.

After a season-opening win over the fighting Larry Fedoras, Lattimore took over the annual battle against Georgia with perhaps the greatest single-game performance in school history. A tough loss at Auburn preceded a monumental win over #1-ranked and streaking Alabama…but then Kentucky.

Fortunately that game didn’t derail our march to the SEC East title, which was clinched with our first ever win in the Swamp. A ho-hum victory over Clemson came right before our first SEC Championship Game, which was a tremendous experience despite the lopsided outcome.

Relive all the magic from 2010 with Buck in this edition of Gamecock Flashback. (Bonus: Justin King videos from the season are here and here.)

Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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2009 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

The 2009 Gamecocks sprinted out to a 5-1 start despite a schizophrenic offense that managed only seven points in the opener against NC State and 37 in game two against Georgia. USC pulled a Thursday night upset over fourth-ranked Ole Miss, and a young, non-gas-pumping wide receiver named Alshon Jeffery announced himself to the world in a tough win over Kentucky.

After losing four of five during their standard October-November swoon, the Gamecocks rebounded with a satisfying win over Clemson, the first of five in a row.

Thoughts and hopes of a Music City or Chick-fil-a Bowl appearance slowly faded away over the next couple of weeks, and we were left in a frigid Papajohns.com Bowl against Connecticut. Nothing about that trip was pretty, and left us wondering if we were ever truly going to turn the proverbial corner under Steve Spurrier.

Buck takes us through all the highs and lows of 2009 on this edition of Buckshots, so click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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2008 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

The 2008 Gamecocks had a more than respectable 7-3 record after their first ten games, with the three losses coming by a combined total of 21 points. They then proceeded to lose their final three contests by a total of 88 points. That’s EIGHTY-EIGHT humiliating points:

  • By 50 to eventual National Champion Florida (like saying “eventual National Champion” makes us feel any better.)
  • By 17 to hated rival Clemson, a second straight loss to them, this one while they’re being coached by a grown man named “Dabo”. Thank goodness that hasn’t happened again (until 2014).
  • By 21 to Iowa in the Outback Bowl, a game in which we never should have been, and by a final score that wasn’t nearly as close as it sounds. As if a 21-point loss could sound close.

There was more to the season than those three games, and Buck covers them all in the 2008 Gamecock Flashback.

Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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2007 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

The 2007 Gamecock football season started off fine enough – 6-1 through seven games with a win over 11th-ranked Georgia. But we knew something was wrong in the second half of that North Carolina game. You know, kind of like when your car starts to rattle in an odd way but you choose to ignore it because it might cost you money and then you wind up losing to Vanderbilt at home 17-6. Yeah, just like that.

From that point on the car was not only rattling, the wheels were coming off and the engine was in flames. A five-game losing streak to end the season had us scratching our heads at where this whole Steve Spurrier thing was going.

It was not a pleasant time, but again, it was a season that molded and shaped us into who we are today. (I think I’ve used that line on my kids maybe?)

Click here or click the graphic to hear all the gory details, and (try to) enjoy!

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2006 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

The 2006 season was another early building block in the Steve Spurrier era – flashes of brilliance intertwined with flashes of mediocrity and flashes of awful. Our experiences from that season included:

Hear all the gory details on this edition of Buckshots.

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2005 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

Connor Tapp of the HalfCocked Show podcast and 247 Sports joins us to talk about Steve Spurrier’s first year at the helm at South Carolina.

Among other things we discuss:

  • The first game hoopla including a visit from ESPN, Big & Rich, and a prediction from Lee Corso (one that he is still right about BTW).
  • Tough losses to Georgia, Alabama and Auburn early in the year (and why did Steve Spurrier wear glasses sometimes in 2005? I mean, I know why people wear glasses, but you know.)
  • Antonio Heffner’s ever so brief stint at QB and calling two timeouts at Auburn before running our first offensive play.
  • Big wins over Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida (here and here), and the emergence of Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley.
  • A disappointing finish, and a long drive home from Shreveport, LA, for Connor.

All this and much, much more on the 2005 Gamecock Flashback.

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2004 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

South Carolina and Lou Holtz began 2004 with the intention of washing away memories of the horrifying 2003 finale. Skip Holtz had been stripped of play-calling duties (and of the notion he was the head-coach-in-waiting) and the Gamecocks took the field in god-awful black helmets and black and white uniform combinations.

After a somewhat encouraging 4-1 start with a close loss to a good Georgia team, USC stumbled to a 2-4 finish. Rumors began to swirl the last two weeks of the season that Holtz would be leaving. By the time the Clemson game rolled around not only was that a given, but there were also strong indications of who our next coach would be – Steve Spurrier. Obviously that seems easy to believe now that he’s entering his ninth season here, but at the time it was simply inconceivable that such a legend would come to USC.

Unfortunately, this garbage prevented us from giving Holtz a proper send-off. A 6-6 record would’ve probably gotten us a bowl bid, but the brawl cost us that and gave us a lot of bad national publicity. Even though things did not end well for Lou or the ’04 season, when Spurrier was announced as our next head coach a few days later, the program was given a much-needed shot of adrenaline.

Click here or click the graphic for the 2004 season review, and enjoy!

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2002-2003 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

Buckshots changes things up a little in this edition, covering the frustrating 2002 and 2003 seasons in one episode.

The program was seemingly on solid footing after going 17-7 in 2000 and 2001, but cracks in the foundation began to show shortly afterwards. (Metaphor alert!) We blast through back-to-back 5-7 seasons in ’02-’03, pausing to review some highlights and lowlights, including this play against Georgia in 2002this one against Virginia in 2003, and perhaps the most embarrassing game in Gamecock history.

Come along for the ride by clicking this link or clicking the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

(Editor’s Note: I took a pause before the final game of ’03 and have no idea what happened to the sound quality, so apologies for that.)

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2001 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season.

The 2001 Gamecock football season featured a lot of great memories sandwiched around America’s greatest tragedy. After opening the season with two victories, including a second straight win over Georgia, the season was interrupted by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

USC and Mississippi State were the first sporting event, and the first real “event” after 9/11, so there were a lot of eyes on that Carolina victory. After that win, the Gamecocks had a thrilling victory over Alabama, and ran their record to 5-0 before crashing to the ground in a 10-7 loss at Arkansas.

Predictable losses to Tennessee and Florida preceded a win over Clemson which broke a four-game losing streak to the Tigers. And the season ended on a real high note with a cakewalk that turned into a last-second victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl (again).

Click here or click the graphic to listen to how the season unfolded, and enjoy!

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2000 Gamecock Flashback

This blog post and the accompanying audio were originally posted prior to the 2013 season

It was a new century and Lou Holtz and the Gamecocks were looking to beak the nation’s longest losing streak (21 games) and give the fans something to cheer about.

They did that and much more in 2000, starting the season with two goalpost-destroying victories, including a stunning win over ninth-ranked Georgia and interception throwing machine Quincy Carter.

We also had The Fade, Bodybag and the Great Arkansas Quarterback Massacre, and Ryan Brewer’s legendary Outback Bowl performance in place of the suspended and enigmatic Derek Watson.

We also had this load of crap.

Relive one of the most memorable seasons in Gamecock history on this edition of Buckshots. Click here or click the graphic to listen, and enjoy!

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