The South Carolina fans who packed into the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex on Tuesday for the Gamecocks’ pep rally were loud. They were enthusiastic. And they were patient.
“Mic Man” Chase Mizell, the USC band and Gamecocks cheerleaders held court for almost 30 minutes at the Orlando Bowl Week Fan HQ, leading the fans through cheer after cheer, the fight song and more.
Then the Head Ball Coach appeared.
“Well, thanks for waiting,” Steve Spurrier told the crowd. “We had a little bit of a communication problem. When we found out you were here, the police officer put his siren on and we got here as quick as we could.”
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Spurrier made his way to the pep rally after the team held its walk-through at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
In his remarks, Spurrier thanked the fans for traveling to Orlando. He also praised them and the band for their roles in helping the team win 18 straight at home.
“Between the band and the fans, all our guys have to do is don’t mess up too much and we get some wins at home,” he said.
Spurrier spoke for about two minutes, looking ahead to Wednesday’s game and putting a wrap on the week’s pre-bowl festivities.
“It should be a heck of a game,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll all be hugging and smiling when it’s over.”
– Dwayne McLemore