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USC victory

Posted: January 3, 2012 11:37 a.m.
Updated: January 4, 2012 5:00 a.m.

There certainly are University of South Carolina football fans here in Kershaw County who probably thought the so-called "chicken curse" would never die. There were decades of gridiron mediocrity, a 21-game losing streak back in 1998 and 1999, and even many moments of doubt after USC hired Steve Spurrier, one of the great college coaches of all time. But the curse was laid to rest Monday when the Gamecocks won a resounding victory over Nebraska in the Capitol One Bowl.

In the aftermath and celebration of the school's first 11-win season in history, we are left to celebrate the resiliency of Gamecock football fans, who have supported the team through thick and thin -- "mostly thin," as one USC fan recalled recently. People piled into Williams-Brice Stadium year after year, even when the team didn't give them much to cheer about. In fact, it could be argued that given the team's lifetime record, South Carolina fans are the most loyal in the entire country.

Now there is much to celebrate. In addition to the first 11-win season, the Gamecocks will almost certainly finish the year in the Top 10 for the first time ever. Spurrier has landed the state's top recruit for the last few years. There's been a convincing bowl victory -- and indeed, the 30-13 win over Nebraska was convincing. And the Gamecocks have reversed a long-time trend by beating in-state rival Clemson three straight times. Adding to the excitement for Kershaw County fans is that Sean Elliott, a "local boy," is offensive line coach.

So we offer South Carolina -- and the fans, of course -- a hearty congratulation. And just so Clemson fans won't feel overlooked, we hope the Tigers down West Virginia tonight in the Orange Bowl. Clemson has had a strong season, too, with a 9-3 record, and we think Palmetto State football is most interesting when both teams enjoy success.


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