First off, congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team, coaches and families, as well as Gamecock fans. Now the pressure is on the South Carolina Gamecocks football team.
The pressure I'm referring to is the pressure of seriously competing for a national championship. Before now a national championship in a men's sport was seemingly an impossibility.
The only national championship in school history came from the Lady Gamecocks outdoor track team in 2002, though the Gamecocks have appeared in previous College World Series and NCAA basketball finals.
Now however, a national championship has been won. The time for talking and excuses are out the window. It's time to deliver. While some may not see the direct correlation between men's baseball and men's football, the similarities are there.
South Carolina will receive plenty of attention and hype for their CWS win. Steve Spurrier was in Omaha supporting the team and was celebrating with Ray Tanner after the win. Don't think he won't mention the championship to his football team.
Some people are shocked in hearing that in their hundred-plus years of sports competition, no men's team had won a national championship.
The Gamecocks have appeared on the brink many times but never could pull it off.
A motivational tool for the Ol' Ball Coach no doubt. He himself has won a national championship and an SEC Championship. The talk has been around Columbia for a while, wanting an SEC Championship, almost even expecting one.
Speculation has been that 2010 will be the year. With a more favorable schedule than usual, loads of talent coming back, and only positive additions to the coaching staff, Steve Spurrier's initial slogan upon coming to South Carolina rings more true now than ever, doesn't it?
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