Lou Holtz made his second trip to SEC Media Days in Birmingham as USC head coach.
After a nightmare first season (0-11) in 1999, Holtz was surprisingly optimistic as he addressed the 700 or so media members regarding the upcoming 2000 season.
"I will not undersell our players. We've got some good players Everything that could go wrong did go wrong last year. I don't think we're as bad as everything indicated” Holtz said.
The highlight of the session came when asked about his running back Derek Watson, Holtz responded with the memorable reply, "Derek is either going to fill up an NFL stadium or he's going to sweep it out."
As it turned out, Holtz’ optimism was right on. Carolina had one of the great turn-around seasons in college football history in 2000. The Gamecocks posted a solid 8-4 record, including a dominant win in the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl vs. Ohio State by a 24-7 score.