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Whether it's gearing up for a big SEC game or partying the Cokaboose Railroad, Football Saturdays in Columbia are colored in Garnet and Gold
Although relatively new to the SEC, Gamecock fans bring as much passion if not more to football games than their conference foes.
What We Love About Football Saturdays in Columbia!
College Football's Best Entrance
When the team gathers to take the field at Williams Brice Stadium, the theme song from 2001 --A Space Odyssey is played throughout the stadium. As the music and excitement builds, the Gamecocks storm the field to great fanfare!
South Carolina Nickname Story
After struggling with several nicknames for more than a decade, the university began identifying itself with this fowl name in the early 1900s. The Gamecock is a fighting rooster trained to fight other roosters to the death. The sport, which once soared in popularity in many parts of the country, has now been outlawed in most states.
When considering the gamecock's traits and historical significance in South Carolina, it's easy to see that the school didn't pluck the nickname out of thin air. It's been suggested that the school's football teams at the turn of the century exhibited the aggressive and spirited characteristics often found in the fighting roosters. That fact combined with the state's long tradition with the breeding and training of the birds are reasons why the school earned the nickname. General Thomas Sumter, who gained fame as a guerilla fighter in the Revolutionary War, was known as the "Fighting Gamecock."
The first use of the nickname had "Game Cock" split into two separate words. Columbia, SC's morning newspaper, The State, shortened the term to one word in 1903.