Dedication is defined in the dictionary (Webster’s) as “[being] devoted wholly and earnestly [to something]“. I define it as “being a gamecock”.
Tonight, I watched my Alma Mater and favorite college football team get wiped like a runny nose. Regardless, I love my team. Things have been worse. At least this year we made it to the SEC Championship. Still, no matter what you tell yourself, it hurts to get beat 56-17—whether it be in the national title game, the SEC Championship, or just one of eleven games in the season.
I was there for the 1-10 and 0-11 seasons under Brad Scott and Lou Holtz (respectively), the back to back Outback bowls, and the first year of Spurrier. Surely, Carolina has had worse seasons, but none better in my 23 years. They got outplayed and, arguably, outcoached tonight. They played an Auburn team, who was at their best with the best player in college football. We got beat, plain and simple. But, unlike other programs, you won’t see many Gamecocks hanging their heads past tomorrow morning. We know, in our hearts and minds, that the 2010 Gamecocks achieved something no other Gamecock team has before them—an SEC East Division title. Progress is afoot in Columbia, South Carolina and you can bet when we say “Next Year” this year, there’s some seriousness to it. We’ve had a little taste of greatness and, next year, we’re coming back for some more. Although, next year’s tale will end a little sweeter.
No matter how mediocre the previous seasons have been, the fans have been right there. You won’t see another collegiate program’s fanbase with the attitude of ours. We are dedicated; we are Gamecocks!