After relaxing with their families for Christmas, South Carolina’s players and coaches arrived in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday to begin serious preparations for Tuesday’s Outback Bowl against Michigan, in which the Gamecocks will try to equal last season’s program-best 11-2 record. The Gamecocks did not practice Wednesday. Their first practice in Tampa will be this morning. Because the bowl falls on a Tuesday, today will be like Monday of a normal game week. Before breaking for Christmas, USC practiced in Columbia from Dec. 15-22, which were its first formal workouts since the regular season finale win at Clemson on Nov. 24.
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