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Garnet and Black
were adopted near the turn of the 20th Century as the official
colors of the University of South Carolina athletic teams. The
colors are dominant ones on the gamecock, which is the
University's official mascot for its athletic teams.
The University
of South Carolina's official mascot is "Cocky." The
garnet and blacked plumed gamecock captured National Championship
titles as the number one mascot in 1986, 1994 and 2003.
Introduced in 1980 as his father's (Big Spur) replacement, Cocky
can be seen at most South Carolina athletic events and is a fan
favorite among young and old.
The University
of South Carolina Gamecocks feature pehaps the most unique and
electrifying pregame entry in all of college football. As the
minutes wind down on the game clock prior ot the opening kickoff,
the Gamecocks leave the locker room following final pregame
instruction from their coaching staff and assemble in the tunnel
in the southwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium. Then, as the
crowd of more than 80,000 begins its roar of anticipation, the
first notes of the theme song "2001"-A Space Odyssey"
blare over the stadium sound system. As the music continues, the
enthusiasm of the crowd is feverish. Finally, at just the exact
moment, in perfect coordination with the music, the Gamecocks hit
the field running, and the stadium goes wild. The theme "2001"
corresponds with the University's 200th birthday, which was the
year 2001.
USC Alma Mater
We hail thee,
Carolina, and sing thy high praise
With loyal devotion, remembering the days
When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be:
Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Since pilgrims
of learning, we entered thy walls
And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls
We've honored and loved thee as sons faithfully;
Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Generations of
sons have rejoiced to proclaim
Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame;
For ages to come shall their rallying cry be:
Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Fair shrine of
high honor and truth, thou shalt still
Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill,
And crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee:
Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
USC Fight Song
Hey, Let's give
a cheer, Carolina is here,
The Fighting Gamecocks lead the way.
Who gives a
care, If the going gets tough,
And when it is rough, that's when the 'Cocks get going.
Hail to our
colors of garnet and Black,
In Carolina pride have we.
So, Go Gamecocks
Drive for the goal - FIGHT!
USC will win today - GO COCKS!
So, let's give a cheer, Carolina is here.
The Fighting Gamecocks All The Way!
Old USC Fight
Let your voices ring
To you we sing our praises high
Ring out! Sing out! On to victory
Forever fight we'll do or die
Carolina, Fight with all your might
Let all unite in proud acclaim
Then battle on together
One and all forever
Fight, we've got to win the game.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Garnet & Black we raise
Gamecocks forever praise
So fight for Carolina
Cheer for Carolina
Hail to our U.S.C.
We cheer forever U.S.C.
What is a
(The University
of South Carolina is the only major college athletic program in
the country that use "Fighting Gamecocks" as its
official nickname and mascot. The University's athletic teams
have been known as Gamecocks since 1903.)
Fighting Gamecock is bred to fight and kill other chickens.
Unlike the common image of chickens, these birds are not timid,
cowardly, or faint-hearted...just ask any handler who has ever
been attacked by one of these ferocious birds. Cock fighting is
the world's oldest spectator sport, originating it is believed in
Persia (now Iran) some 6,000 years ago.
The night
before a big battle, Alexander the Great would stage cock fights
to impress upon his soldiers traits of courage and valor. Cock
fighting was the national sport of England until 1850 when it was
outlawed. Famous Americans including George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson raised and fought game cocks.
Sumter, South Carolina, the "Gamecock City" is named in
honor of Thomas Sumter, who was known as the "Fighting
Gamecock" because of his courage and valor in battle.
fight to the death in cock-fighting derbies. The event is based
upon the the fact that gamecocks will not give up...they fight to
the death. Considered a "blood sport", cock fighting
has been outlawed in many areas of the United States, but is a
substantial industry in the Philippines, Mexico, Hawaii, and
other foreign countries. It is now showing signs of revival in
the U.S. as misconceptions are being replaced by better
understanding of the natural instincts of these birds. A game
cock which is unable to fight lives a miserable and frustrated
are decided by one rooster dying or through a system of counts
when a rooster is unable to fight back or "show fight"
as determined by the referee. For this reason, gamecocks are bred
to maximize traits which will give them an advantage in the pit...size,
speed, power, disposition, and intelligence. During the fight,
each bird wears either a needle sharp gaff or razor sharp knives
which are strapped onto the birds' legs. This is considered more
humane than allowing the birds to fight with their natural spurs,
which induce more brutal injuries. An observor of a cock fight is
immediately impressed with the courage and tenacity of the game
The ideal
bird is big, tall, fast, and smart yet tame enough for the
handler to work with. The game cock has a natural instinct to
kill, and they would kill each other in a natural setting if not
separated. They are single-minded and focused. Their only goal is
to win, and they will either win or die...there is nothing in
between. They prefer death to defeat, and they are among the most
noble of God's creations.
appreciation to Gamefowl Magazine & Gamecock fan Irish Red.