The calendar still will read 2014 when South Carolina takes the field Saturday in the Independence Bowl, but that’s only semantics.
For the Gamecocks, 2015 begins when they take on Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. At the moment, South Carolina is looking at a five-game win falloff from the last three seasons. A victory will decrease that gap to four games, but that’s still a steep fall.
The time to get that victory total moving back in the right direction starts not with the opening of fall camp next year but with the offseason that starts as soon as the final horn sounds here. Why not get it started before that?
Sophomore safety Chaz Elder agreed that Saturday is the “first game of 2015, definitely.” Elder was talking about himself but he could just have well have been speaking for all the returning Gamecocks.
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“We are going to work hard, stay on it and make sure next season is better than this season,” Elder said.
South Carolina fans everywhere are hoping Elder and his teammates can follow through on that statement.