South Carolina’s players are already tired of it.
They get to workouts: “Rocky Top.” They’re at team meetings: “Rocky Top.” They’re in warm-ups: “Rocky Top.” This is two days into the game week.
“To be honest with you, I’m really getting tired of that song,” safety Chris Moody said. “When coach (Steve) Spurrier was here, he played the crap out of that song. It’s one of those songs, that you hear it, you remember it all week.”
He isn’t the only player to feel that way.
“Everybody walked in, said, ‘Can you turn this off?’ ” Moody said.
But they can’t. It’s Tennessee week, and for that reason the Vols’ unofficial fight song will blare through the halls of South Carolina’s football facilities.
The song accompanies everything good that happens to Tennessee on the field. It’s played again and again on game day.
So it will be played again and again every day leading up to Saturday.
Strength “coach (Jeff) Dillman was playing it non-stop today,” tight end Hayden Hurst said. “After Day 1, it’s getting pretty annoying. Shoot, I basically almost know the words by now.”
Spurrier usually had it blaring, and Will Muschamp locked onto a specific reason why he wanted to maintain the tradition.
“Sometimes you get tired of listening to it, and you don’t want to listen to it on game day,” Muschamp said. “So I told our guys, play good and you won’t have to listen to it. They’re still going to play it though.”