Hidden History of Gamecocks Football

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Since the earliest days of football, the Gamecocks have helped make the sport a favorite in the Palmetto State. In the early 1900s, the team joined many other schools banning college football because of the injuries and deaths nationwide. Martha Williams Brice donated $2.75 million from her estate to help bring about an aggressive and overdue expansion. After executing one dazzling play after another and surviving three down-to-the-wire games in ACC play, the Gamecocks won their first and only conference championship in 1969. Author David Caraviello offers a behind-the-scenes look at Gamecock football history.
ISBN: 9781467143318
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Sports
Images: 46
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A lifetime resident of the Palmetto State and graduate of the University of South Carolina’s journalism school, David Caraviello twice covered the Gamecocks over a twenty-five-year career as a sportswriter that took him to every SEC stadium, numerous bowl games, both the men’s and women’s Final Four and too many barbecue joints to count. Unwilling to take on the easy assignments, his stints as Gamecocks beat writer included consecutive 1-10 and 0-11 football seasons under Brad Scott and Lou Holtz, as well as Steve Spurrier’s abrupt resignation late on a Monday night. In between stretches reporting on the Gamecocks, Caraviello covered auto racing, emerging as one of the foremost editorial voices in the sport. The 2000 South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year, Caraviello has earned numerous others writing accolades and is a two-time recipient of the Russ Catlin Award, the highest honor in motorsports journalism. He lives near Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, two children and two dogs.
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