South Carolina fans have been trained to smile, and sometimes get rowdy, when they see head coach Will Muschamp post “#SpursUp!” on Twitter.
College football coaches are not allowed to discuss high school prospects until they have signed with their school, but it’s become commonplace for coaches to alert their fan base to a verbal commitment with some sort of specific exhortation. For the Gamecocks, it’s “#SpursUp!” which was the idea of Muschamp’s wife Carol, the coach said.
“We were in the Big 12 and everybody’s got a hand signal and a saying. She said, ‘We need one here,’ ” Muschamp said. “I said, ‘What do you want?’ She said, ‘Spurs Up! sounds good to me,’ I said, ‘That sounds great to me.’ I wanted to have a way to let our fan base know that a young man wanted to be at South Carolina.”
Muschamp’s time in the Big 12 was spent as the defensive coordinator at Texas.
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“It was her idea and we’ve run with it,” Muschamp said. “Gamecock fans are excited whenever they see that about an addition to our family.”
The most recent #SpursUp! came with Class of 2020 quarterback Luke Doty of Myrtle Beach committed to the Gamecocks on July 31. Here’s what that looked liked on Twitter and a few of the fan reactions that followed.