South Carolina Gamecocks

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South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
University University of South Carolina
Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Division I/FBS
Athletic director Ray Tanner
Location Columbia, South Carolina
Varsity teams19
Football stadium Williams-Brice Stadium
Basketball arena Colonial Life Arena
Baseball stadium Founders Park
Other arenas Stone Stadium (soccer)
Beckham Field (softball)
Carolina Volleyball Center (volleyball)
Mascot Cocky
NicknameGamecocks
Fight songThe Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way' [1]
ColorsGarnet and Black [2]
         
Website gamecocksonline.com

The South Carolina Gamecocks represent the University of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I. This moniker is in honor of Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina who was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock" after British General Banastre Tarleton said Sumter "fought like a gamecock." While the men's teams were traditionally known as the Fighting Gamecocks and the women's teams were previously known as the Lady Gamecocks, this distinction was discontinued in part to eliminate any gender bias in the athletic department and in part to counter misconceptions about the gamecock mascot endorsing bloodsport. [1]

University of South Carolina University in Columbia, South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is a public research university in Columbia, South Carolina. It has seven satellite campuses throughout the state and its main campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The university is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having "highest research activity." It has been ranked as an "up-and-coming" university by U.S. News & World Report, and its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside Scotland, and the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection.

NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Thomas Sumter American Revolutionary War hero, US Representative from South Carolina

Thomas Sumter was a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia; a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence, a planter, and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801 to 1810, when he retired. Sumter was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock" for his fierce fighting style against British soldiers after they burned down his house during the Revolution.

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All of the University's varsity teams compete at the Division I level of the NCAA, and all but men's soccer and women's beach volleyball compete in the Southeastern Conference. [3] Men's soccer competes in Conference USA and women's beach volleyball competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association because the SEC does not sponsor those sports.

National Collegiate Athletic Association American athletic organization

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an organization that regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Beach volleyball team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net

Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. As in indoor volleyball, the objective of the game is to send the ball over the net and to ground it on the opponent's side of the court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent. A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball across the net, and individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively except after making a block touch. The ball is put in play with a serve—a hit by the server from behind the rear court boundary over the net to the opponents. The rally continues until the ball is grounded on the playing court, goes "out", or a fault is made in the attempt to return the ball. The team that wins the rally scores a point and serves to start the following rally. The four players serve in the same sequence throughout the match, changing server each time a rally is won by the receiving team.

Southeastern Conference Collegiate athletics conference operating primarily in the south-eastern United States

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the South Central and Southeastern United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of ten states, three additional public land grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

The athletic department is supported with private money from the Gamecock Club. It was originally formed as the B.A.M. ("Buck-A-Month") Club in 1939 and 1940 to benefit the athletic programs from privately raised funds. [4]

The university's athletic programs have earned ten national team titles and produced many Olympians. Tim Brando (formerly of CBS Sports) was quoted as saying, "You won't find any more loyal fans in the country than those who follow the South Carolina Gamecocks." [5]

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Tim Brando is an American sportscaster with Fox Sports and Raycom Sports. Formerly with CBS Sports, ESPN and SiriusXM, Brando has primarily covered NCAA football and basketball. Along with radio duties, Brando has also served as a studio host for games, a play-by-play announcer, and halftime host.

CBS Sports is the sports division of the American television network CBS. Its headquarters are in the CBS Building on West 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City, with programs produced out of Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street.

Athletics history

SEC logo in South Carolina's colors SEC logo in South Carolina colors.svg
SEC logo in South Carolina's colors

Nickname and colors

"Garnet and black" have been used by the University of South Carolina as its colors ever since the family of J. William Flinn presented a banner composed of those colors to the football team in November 1895, although there was no official adoption of the colors at that time. In 1900, the football team was first referred to as the "Gamecocks" by The State newspaper. The nickname was a reference to the fighting tactics of General Thomas Sumter, the Revolutionary War hero known as the Carolina Gamecock. Given that garnet and black were already in use and also the dominant colors on a gamecock, the university gradually adopted "Gamecocks" and "garnet and black" as the official nickname and colors for its athletic teams. [6]

<i>The State</i> (newspaper) Daily morning newspaper published in Columbia, South Carolina

The State is an American daily newspaper published in Columbia, South Carolina. The newspaper is owned and distributed by The McClatchy Company in the Midlands region of the state. It is, by circulation, the second-largest newspaper in South Carolina after The Post and Courier.

Conference history

The University of South Carolina was a member of the Southern Conference for men's basketball and football from 1922 until it became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. The Gamecocks left the ACC in 1971, following numerous disputes over the ACC's recruiting regulations and the political dominance of the conference's four North Carolina schools. [7] USC then competed as an independent until 1983 when it joined the Metro Conference for all sports except football (which the Metro did not sponsor) and men's soccer. In 1991, the Gamecocks joined the Southeastern Conference when it increased its membership to 12 schools and split into two divisions. Since joining the SEC, the Gamecocks have been part of the league's East Division.

Southern Conference sports league

The Southern Conference (SoCon) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the Southern United States. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the conference consists of fifteen member universities, each of whom compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

North Carolina State in the United States

North Carolina is a U.S. state located in the southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 2,569,213 in 2018, is the most populous metropolitan area in North Carolina, the 23rd-most populous in the United States, and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. The Raleigh metropolitan area is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state, with an estimated population of 1,362,540 in 2018, and is home to the largest research park in the United States, Research Triangle Park.

Men's soccer continued to compete as an independent since the SEC does not sponsor men's soccer, but joined the Metro Conference for the 1993 and 1994 seasons and has competed in Conference USA since 2005. Women's beach volleyball competed as an independent before joining the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year). [3] [8]

Sports sponsored

Men's sportsWomen's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Football Cross country
Golf Equestrian
Soccer Golf
Swimming & diving Soccer
Tennis Softball
Track & field Swimming & diving
Tennis
Track & field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

South Carolina sponsors team in 8 men's and 11 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. All programs compete in the Southeastern Conference with the exception of the men's soccer program which competes in Conference USA and the women's beach volleyball program competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association.

Football

The South Carolina Gamecocks football team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. On December 6, 2015, Will Muschamp was named the head coach. The team plays its home games at Williams-Brice Stadium, the 20th largest stadium in college football. Accomplishments include the 2010 SEC East title, the 1969 ACC championship, and numerous bowl victories and top 25 rankings. In 1980, George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy. Players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame include George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe.

Men's basketball

The South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks won Southern Conference titles in 1927, 1933, 1934, and 1945, and then they gained national attention under hall of fame coach Frank McGuire, posting a 205-65 record from 1967 to 1976, which included the 1970 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, 1971 ACC Tournament title, and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1971 to 1974. The program also won the 1997 SEC championship, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles in 2005 and 2006, and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern division title. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Frank Martin is the current head coach, and the team plays at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.

Women's basketball

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference. During the 1980s, the Gamecocks won five regular season Metro Conference championships and three conference tournament championships. Under their current head coach, 3-time olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley, the program continues to build on their accomplishments, winning the SEC regular season championship 4 years in a row (2014-2017) and the SEC tournament championship 3 years in a row (2015-2017). Under Staley, the Gamecocks have earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament 4 consecutive seasons (2014-2017). The 2015 season also saw the team win its first out of two NCAA regional championships (2015, 2017) and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament National Championship, marking the first ever National Championship that the men's or women's program has ever won in school history. The Gamecocks share a home with the South Carolina men's basketball team at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.

Baseball

The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in NCAA Division I college baseball. South Carolina has posted 29 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 College World Series berths, and two National Championships: 2010 and 2011. Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the team has competed in the Eastern division, where they have won seven divisional titles, three regular season conference championships (2000, 2002, 2011) and one SEC Tournament championship (2004). Mark Kingston is the current head coach. Between 2010 and 2012 the Gamecocks set two NCAA records for postseason success: the most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (22) and the most consecutive wins in the College World Series (12). The team plays its home games at Carolina Stadium (Founders Park), which opened on February 21, 2009. [9]

Women's track and field

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's track and field team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the SEC, where they have won three conference championships (1999, 2002, 2005). The team has been coached by Curtis Frye since 1997, won the 2002 NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, and includes many Olympic medalists, such as Aleen Bailey, Natasha Hastings, and Tonique Williams-Darling.

ordered by revenue contribution to USC Athletic Department in FY2012. [10]

Notable non-varsity sports

Rugby

Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina rugby team is the oldest club sport at the school. [11] The team plays Division 1 college rugby in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference against its SEC rivals. The rugby team finished second in the SCRC conference in 2013 and reached the national playoffs. [11] The team improved and finished first in the SCRC conference in 2014, again qualifying for the national playoffs. [12]

South Carolina rugby offers scholarships to certain athletes of up to $60,000 over a four-year period. [13] [14] The rugby team is supported by the Carolina Rugby Foundation and by the Carolina Men's Rugby Endowment Fund. [15] The rugby team has been led since 2011 by head coach Mark Morris.

Lacrosse

2019 MCLA Division 1 National Champions

Titles, coaches, and facilities

The Gamecocks have won ten national team championships: 2017 NCAA Championship in women's basketball; 2010 & 2011 NCAA Championships in baseball; 2002 NCAA Championship in women's outdoor track & field; 2005, 2007, and 2015 National Championships in women's equestrian; and 2005, 2006, and 2007 Hunt Seat National Championships in women's equestrian. Also, the men's and women's track & field teams have produced many NCAA individual champions, world championship medalists, and Olympic medalists. The baseball and basketball teams have also produced Olympic medalists. Other significant accomplishments include 2010 SEC Eastern Division Champions in football, NCAA runner-up four times in women's track & field (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), NCAA runner-up four times in baseball (1975, 1977, 2002, 2012), 1993 NCAA runner-up in men's soccer, 2005 & 2006 NIT champions in men's basketball, and the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

SportTitles [3] Coach (since)Facility
Baseball SEC East Champions: 7 (2016, 2012, 2011, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999)
SEC Champions: 3 (2011, 2002, 2000)
SEC Tournament Champions: 1 (2004)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 30
College World Series: 11
NCAA Runner-Up: 4 (2012, 2002, 1977, 1975)
NCAA Champions: 2 (2011, 2010)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (2000)
Mark Kingston (2017) Founders Park
Basketball Men's Southern Conference Champions: 4 (1945, 1934, 1933, 1927)
Southern Conference Tournament Champions: 1 (1933)
ACC Tournament Runner-Up: 2 (1970, 1957)
ACC Tournament Champions: 1 (1971)
SEC East Champions: 2 (2009, 1997)
SEC Champions: 1 (1997)
SEC Tournament Runner-Up: 2 (2006, 1998)
NIT Champions: 2 (2006, 2005)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 9
NCAA Final Four: 1 (2017)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (1972)
Frank Martin (2012) Colonial Life Arena
Women's NWIT Champions: 1 (1979)
Metro Conference Champions: 5 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986)
Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 3 (1989, 1988, 1986)
SEC Champions: 4 (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
SEC Tournament Champions: 4 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
AIAW Tournament Appearances: 2
AIAW Final Four: 1 (1980, 3rd place)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 12
NCAA Final Four: 2 (2015, 2017)
NCAA Championship: 1 (2017)
Olympic Medalists: 1 (2004)
Dawn Staley (2008) Colonial Life Arena
Women's Cross Country Metro Conference Champions: 3 (1990, 1989, 1988)Stan Rosenthal (2001)
Women's Equestrian SEC Champions: 2 (2014, 2013)
NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions: 3 (2007, 2006, 2005)
NCEA National Champions: 3 (2015, 2007, 2005)
Boo Duncan (1998) One Wood Farm
Football Southern Conference Champions: 1 (1933)
ACC Champions: 1 (1969)
SEC East Champions: 1 (2010)
Bowl Appearances: 20 (8–12 record)
Heisman Trophies: 1 (1980 – George Rogers)
Will Muschamp (2016) Williams-Brice Stadium
Golf Men's ACC Runner-Up: 1 (1968)
ACC Champions: 1 (1964)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 2 (1991, 1990)
Metro Conference Runner-Up: 5 (1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1984)
Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1991)
SEC Individual Champions: 2 (2015, 1998)
SEC Runner-Up: 4 (2015, 2013, 2008, 1998)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 26
NCAA Regional Individual Champions: 2 (2001 West, 1999 East)
NCAA Regional Champions: 1 (2007 West)
Bill McDonald (2007) Cobblestone Park
Women'sMetro Conference Individual Champions: 1 (1989)
Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1990)
SEC Individual Champions: 2 (2002, 2001)
SEC Runner-Up: 1 (2015)
SEC Champions: 1 (2002)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 23
NCAA Regional Individual Champions: 3 (2017 Columbus, 2010 East, 2008 East, 1995 East)
NCAA Regional Champions: 5 (2017 Columbus, 2016, 2015 East, 2012 East, 2010 East)
Kalen Anderson (2007) Cobblestone Park
Soccer Men's Metro Conference Champions: 1 (1993)
Conference USA Champions: 1 (2011)
Conference USA Tournament Champions: 2 (2010, 2005)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 20
NCAA Runner-Up: 1 (1993)
Mark Berson (1978) Stone Stadium (The Graveyard)
Women's SEC Champions: 2 (2011, 2016)
SEC Tournament Champions: 1 (2009)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 8
Shelley Smith (2001) Stone Stadium (The Graveyard)
Women's Beach VolleyballNCAA Tournament Appearances: 1Moritz Moritz (2014) Carolina Beach Volleyball Complex
Softball SEC East Champions: 4 (2002, 2001, 1999, 1997)
SEC Champions: 1 (1997)
SEC Tournament Champions: 2 (2000, 1997)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 18
Beverly Smith (2010) Beckham Field
Swimming & Diving Men'sACC Individual Champions: 8
Metro Conference Champions: 8 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 8
SEC Individual Champions: 5
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 30
McGee Moody (2007) The Carolina Natatorium
Women'sMetro Conference Champions: 6 (1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1985, 1984)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 4
SEC Individual Champions: 12
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 30
NCAA Individual Champions: 1 (2004 – Allison Brennan)
McGee Moody (2007) The Carolina Natatorium
Tennis Men's ACC Champions: 1 (1968)
ACC Tournament Champions: 1 (1968)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 3
Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 6 (1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986, 1985)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 22
NCAA Individual Champions: 1 (2019 – Paul Jubb)
Josh Goffi (2010) Carolina Tennis Stadium
Women's Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 5 (1990, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 24
Kevin Epley (2012) Carolina Tennis Stadium
Track and Field Men's ACC Individual Champions: 16 (indoor), 33 (outdoor)
Metro Conference Individual Champions: 32 (outdoor)
SEC Individual Champions: 23 (indoor), 26 (outdoor)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 20 (indoor), 25 (outdoor)
NCAA Individual Champions: 8 (indoor), 10 (outdoor)
Olympic Medalists: 5
Curtis Frye (1996) Weems Baskin Track Facility
Women's Metro Conference Individual Champions: 5 (outdoor)
SEC Individual Champions: 22 (indoor), 46 (outdoor)
SEC Outdoor Champions: 3 (2005, 2002, 1999)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 19 (indoor), 20 (outdoor)
NCAA Individual Champions: 14 (indoor), 14 (outdoor)
NCAA Indoor Runner-Up: 3 (2003, 2001, 2000)
NCAA Outdoor Runner-Up: 1 (2005)
NCAA Outdoor Champions: 1 (2002)
Olympic Medalists: 5
Curtis Frye (1996) Weems Baskin Track Facility
Women's Volleyball Metro Conference Tournament Champions: 1 (1984)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7
Dottie Hampton (2017) Volleyball Competition Facility

Gamecocks in the Olympics

Baseball

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Men's Swimming & Diving

Women's Swimming & Diving

Men's Track & Field

Women's Track & Field

Championships

NCAA team championships

South Carolina has won 4 NCAA team national championships. [16]

Other national team championships

Below are the 6 National team titles that are not recognized by the NCAA:

Rivalries

Carolina's foremost rival is Clemson University. The two institutions are separated by just over 125 miles (201 km) and have been bitter rivals since Clemson's founding in 1889. A heated rivalry continues to this day for a variety of reasons, including the historic tensions regarding their respective charters along with the passions surrounding their athletic programs. The annual Carolina-Clemson football game is the longest uninterrupted series in the South and the third longest uninterrupted series overall, first played in 1896 (four years after South Carolina's inaugural season), and played every year since 1909. [17] Their baseball programs consistently qualify for the NCAA playoffs and frequently earn berths to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Carolina continues to develop rivalries with other members of the SEC's Eastern Division. Carolina's main SEC rival has been the University of Georgia due to its proximity and the many years of competition before the Gamecocks joined the SEC. The "Halloween Game" against the University of Tennessee has the potential to be a big football game every year.

When South Carolina was a member of the ACC (1953–1971), there was an intense rivalry with the University of North Carolina, particularly in basketball, since Frank McGuire had coached UNC but moved to Columbia to coach the Gamecocks. The rivalry was renewed in football during the 2007 season, with the Gamecocks defeating the Tar Heels 21-15.

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South Carolina Gamecocks mens basketball mens basketball team of the University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks won Southern Conference titles in 1927, 1933, 1934, and 1945, and then they gained national attention under hall of fame coach Frank McGuire, posting a 205–65 record from 1967–1976, which included the 1970 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, the 1971 ACC Tournament title, and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1971–1974. The program also won the 1997 SEC championship, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles in 2005 and 2006, and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern division title. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Frank Martin is the current head coach, and the team plays at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.

South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball womens basketball team of the University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The program enjoyed success under head coach Nancy Wilson during the 1980s in the Metro Conference, when it won five regular season conference championships and three conference tournament championships. Under current head coach Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks have been one of the top programs in the country, winning the National Championship in 2017.

2011–12 South Carolina Gamecocks mens basketball team

The 2011–12 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina in the sport of basketball during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Gamecocks competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games in the Colonial Life Arena on the university's Columbia, South Carolina campus.

2014–15 South Carolina Gamecocks mens basketball team

The 2014–15 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Frank Martin, who was in his third season at South Carolina. The team played their home games at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 17–16, 6–12 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 11th place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament where they lost to Georgia.

2014–15 South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team

The 2014–15 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represented University of South Carolina during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by seventh year head coach Dawn Staley, played their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks repeated as Southeastern Conference Regular Season Champions; however, it was shared with Tennessee this year. The 2014-15 Gamecocks won their first SEC Tournament Championship by beating Tennessee 62-46. USC received a #1 seed in the 2015 Women's NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the final four where they lost 66-65 to Notre Dame, as Tiffany Mitchell's desperation three in the final seconds came up short.

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks mens basketball team

The 2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Frank Martin who was in his fourth season at South Carolina. The team played their home games at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 25–9, 11–7 in SEC play to finish in a three way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Georgia. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated High Point in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Georgia Tech.

South Carolina Gamecocks mens golf mens golf team of the University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks men's golf team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference in Division I of the NCAA. Major team victories include the 1964 ACC Championship, the 1991 Metro Conference Championship, and the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championship. The Gamecocks also had runner-up finishes in the 1968 ACC Championship; the 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990 Metro Conference Championships; and the 1998, 2008, 2013, and 2015 SEC Championships. Under the guidance of head coach Bill McDonald, the South Carolina men's golf program has won or shared 21 tournament titles and made seven NCAA championship appearances. Last season the Gamecocks finished ninth at the NCAA Championship and matched the school record of nine top-five finishes in 12 events, including three tournament wins.

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team

The 2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by eighth year head coach Dawn Staley, play their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 33–2, 16–0 in SEC play to win the SEC regular season and the tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament. They defeated Jacksonville and Kansas State in the first and second rounds before getting upset by Syracuse in the sweet sixteen.

2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team

The 2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by ninth year head coach Dawn Staley, play their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 33–4, 11–2 in SEC play to win the SEC regular season and tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament. They defeated UNC Ashville and Arizona State in the first and second rounds, Quinnipiac in the sweet sixteen and Florida State in the elite eight to advanced to their 2nd final four in school history. In the national semi final in Dallas they defeated Stanford and beat SEC rival Mississippi State in the final to win their first NCAA National Championship. A'ja Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Player in the National Championship Game.

2016–17 Southeastern Conference womens basketball season sports season

The 2016–17 Southeastern Conference women's basketball season began with practices in October 2016, followed by the start of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season in November. Conference play started in early January 2017 and concluded in March with the 2017 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Gamecocks were both regular season and tournament champions, with the Mississippi State Bulldogs as runner-up. Both teams received bids to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament and advanced to face each other in the championship, where South Carolina claimed their first-ever national title.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Game was the final game of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. The game was played on April 2, 2017, at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 67–55, to claim their first-ever national championship.

2017–18 South Carolina Gamecocks mens basketball team

The 2017–18 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach, Frank Martin, was in his sixth season at South Carolina. The team played its home games at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 17–16, 7–11 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 11th place. They defeated Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament before losing in the second round to Arkansas.

2017–18 South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team

The 2017–18 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by tenth year head coach Dawn Staley, played their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 29–7, 12–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for second place. They defeated Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi State to win the SEC Women's Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament. They defeated North Carolina A&T and Virginia in the first and second rounds, Buffalo in the sweet sixteen before losing to Connecticut in the elite eight.

2018–19 South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team

The 2018–19 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by eleventh year head coach Dawn Staley, play their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 23–10, 13–3 in SEC play to finish in second place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Women's Tournament to Arkansas. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament where they defeated Belmont and Florida State in the first and second rounds before losing to Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen.

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