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Outback still high on Gamecocks

Just spoke with Outback Bowl president Jim McVay, who called me back after taking a call from the SEC office.

Despite their two-game slide, McVay has not cooled on the Gamecocks.

“It was a tough game on Saturday. … That’s football,” McVay said. “Does that impact our thoughts about South Carolina? Not at all.”

McVay would not confirm that the Gamecocks are Tampa-bound, saying LSU is also in the mix. But given the Outback’s history of taking SEC East teams, I’m betting the Gamecocks will be gearing up to stop Iowa tailback Shonn Greene on New Year’s Day morning in Tampa.

But McVay was curious whether USC fans had cooled on the Gamecocks following the 50-point dismantling by Florida and 17-loss to Clemson.

So I’ll put the question on the floor: How willing would you be to load up the minivan [nonparents can insert cooler mode of transportation here] and head to Tampa to watch the Gamecocks try to win their Outback Bowl trophy?

And if you would go, how long would you stay?