It’s finally official. Steve Spurrier will get another shot at an old nemesis on Dec. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
The school confirmed the selection on its GamecocksOnline.com Twitter account.
The No. 19 Gamecocks will play Florida State on the same Georgia Dome field where they just lost 56-17 to Auburn in the SEC championship game. South Carolina was skipped over by the Outback Bowl, which selected Florida despite the fact that the Gators are 7-5 to the Gamecocks 9-4 and lost 36-14 to South Carolina in Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 13. The Outback Bowl matched Florida against Penn State in its Jan. 1 bowl.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl, will kick off at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks haven’t played in the game since 1969, which also is the only other season in school history South Carolina won a championship. That season, the Gamecocks captured the ACC crown. This year, South Carolina was the SEC’s Eastern Division champion.
While Spurrier was at Florida, he faced the Seminoles annually, and once famously referred to the school as Free Shoes University after an incident at FSU that involved athletes allegedly getting large discounts on, or free, clothing.