COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It has been a year Gamecock fans will definitely remember - a year with plenty of highlights and lots of winning.
The Gamecock basketball team pulled off the upset heard around the country on January 26th. The players beat number one Kentucky at the Colonial Life Arena 68-62. It was the program's first win over a number one team.
In February, Marcus Lattimore of Byrnes High School committed to the University of South Carolina at his church in the upstate. A top recruit, he was counted as a big victory for Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks. He chose USC over Auburn and went on to earn freshman of the year honors in his rookie season on the field.
It was a magical summer for Gamecock fans. Ray Tanner and the baseball team brought home a national championship. South Carolina found some rhythm in the super regional's in Myrtle Beach as Christian Walker hit a game winning home run to send the Gamecocks to Omaha. After losing game one at Rosenblatt Stadium, USC ran the table to win it all on Whit Merrifield's walk off single. The team returned to a hero's welcome, including a rally at the Colonial Life Arena and a parade in downtown Columbia.
Football season this fall brought even more smiles to fans. On October 9th, South Carolina beat number one Alabama. The first win over a number one team in the football program's history became one of the biggest wins ever.
A month later, the team made history again. The Gamecocks beat Florida in the swamp for the first time to win the SEC East. South Carolina then made its first trip to the conference title game, losing to Auburn 56 to 17