Originally posted by RealShaloop:
finally someone who isnt afraid to admit they hopped on a bandwagon
Not exactly true. I have pulled for the 49er's for years and definitely was pulling for them in the Super Bowl. I have just not followed NFL football as close as following my alma mater, USC. ( That is University of South Carolina
) I know a lot of people only think of USC as Southern Cal. But as many Gamecock fans are likely to say, South Carolina was a university long before California ever became a state and was playing football in the 1800's. Gamecocks first season was 1892. We just have nowhere near the storied program that USC west has.
Early days of Carolina football
Carolina fielded its first football team in 1892 to play against Furman on Christmas Eve in Charleston. The football team was not sanctioned by the University and had to pay its own train fare as well as buy its own uniforms. They were nicknamed the "College Boys" by The News and Courier and their supporters wore garnet and black. The team lost the game because of their inexperience and lack of training.
USC won its first game during the third season of the sport on November 2, 1895 against Columbia AA. The football team got its first head coach, W.H. "Dixie" Whaley, the following year, and the 1896 season also saw the inaugural game against arch-rival Clemson on November 12, which Carolina won 12–6. From 1902-03, coach C. R. Williams led the Gamecocks to an impressive 14-3 record, which included the program's first 8-win season. The Board of Trustees banned participation in football for the 1906 season after the faculty complained about the coarseness of chants yelled by the students at football games. However, the board was so harassed by petitions from the students and alumni that it voted to allow the resumption of the sport in 1907. A hastily assembled football team, coached by Board of Trustees member Douglas McKay, competed in an abbreviated season and won all three games it played.
Interesting SC vs Clemson trivia for you SF folks
1902: The Fight
Today's rivalry is nothing compared to the old days. When USC dealt the Tigers the only blemish to their record with a 12-6 victory, it was the first time since 1896 the Gamecocks could celebrate.
USC students paraded a transparency of a Gamecock crowing over a Tiger around the city. Clemson followers demanded it not be displayed in the Elk's parade the next day, but USC fans defied the city law enforcement's recommendation that the banner be banned.
Following the parade, Clemson cadets marched to the Sumter Street entrance of the school with fixed bayonets and swords drawn. A small group of USC students armed with pistols and clubs crouched down behind a brick wall prepared to repel the invaders.
But Christie Benet, a Columbia attorney and USC assistant coach, acted as a spokesman and reportedly offered to fight any person selected by Clemson to settle the dispute. Police and faculty arrived before blood was shed, and six students were selected to arbitrate the dispute, the transparency was burned and both sides cheered. It was six years before the schools met again."
Sorry for the long post. It just shows how passionate Gamecock fans are about their football team.