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NCAAF South Carolina Gamecocks

General Information

  • Conference: SEC (1992)
  • NCAA Division: Division 1
  • City: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Stadium: Williams–Brice Stadium


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 1
  • Divisional Championships: 1
  • Bowl Record: 10-14

Past Conferences:

  • Independent (1892–1921).
  • SoCon (1922–1952). ACC (1953–1970).
  • Independent (1971–1991)

South Carolina Gamecocks Standings & Analysis

Check out all the information related to South Carolina Gamecocks standings with updated scores, and college football injury reports.

All-Time South Carolina Gamecocks Stats & Records

Passing Yards

  • Todd Ellis: 9,953
  • Steve Taneyhill: 8,555
  • Stephen Garcia: 7,595
  • Jake Bentley: 7,527
  • Connor Shaw: 6,074

Rushing Yards

  • George Rogers: 5,091
  • Harold Green: 3,005
  • Brandon Bennett: 2,983
  • Thomas Dendy: 2,767
  • Marcus Lattimore: 2,677

Receiving Yards

  • Bryan Edward: 3,045
  •  Alshon Jeffery: 3,042
  •  Kenny McKinley: 2,781
  •  Sterling Sharpe: 2,497
  •  Zola Davis: 2,354

South Carolina Gamecocks Football History

The South Carolina Gamecocks’ inaugural NCAAF season was in 1892. The Gamecocks joined the Southern Conference in 1922.

Billy Laval became head coach of the Gamecocks in 1928. The Gamecocks produced a winning season in each of his seven seasons. In 1933, the Gamecocks went 6-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

The Gamecocks had only five winning seasons from 1935-1952. In 1953, the Gamecocks joined the ACC. They had a host of coaches from 1934 when Laval left, until 1966.

Paul Dietzel took over from 1966-1974. The Gamecocks had only three winning seasons under Dietzel. In 1969, the Gamecocks went undefeated in conference play and clinched a berth to the Peach Bowl.

The Gamecocks were mostly up and down with Dietzel at the helm, and he resigned after the 1974 season.

Jim Carlen was named head coach in 1975. In his first season, the Gamecocks finished 7-5 and earned a trip to the Tangerine Bowl. He led the NCAAF team to four winning seasons, two .500 seasons, and only one losing season.

South Carolina’s all-time leading rusher George Rogers played under Carlen from 1977-1980. Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 1980. Carlen led the Gamecocks to a 45-36-1 overall record and an 0-3 bowl record during his tenure.

Joe Morrison became head coach in 1983. In his second season, the Gamecocks finished with a 10-3 record and a trip to the Gator bowl. He led the Gamecocks to an 8-4 record in both 1987 and 1988. He finished his career with a 39-28-2 overall record and an 0-3 bowl record.

The Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992. The 1990s were underwhelming and the Gamecocks finished with only three winning seasons.

A Change of Coach

In 1999, legendary head coach Lou Holtz was named head coach. In his first season, the Gamecocks were winless. However, in his second season, the Gamecocks went 8-4, finished second in the SEC East, and won the Outback Bowl.

They then followed that up by going 9-3 and won the Outback Bowl again. He retired in 2004 with a 33-37 overall record and a 2-0 bowl record.

Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, the NCAA put them on probation for three years for multiple major violations during Holtz’s tenure.

Steve Spurrier became head coach in 2005. Spurrier was named SEC coach of the year in his first season with the Gamecocks. Spurrier led the Gamecocks to nine winning seasons during his tenure. In 2010, he delivered the Gamecocks their first SEC East title.

Additionally, they beat the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. It was their first time beating a team ranked first. The Gamecocks went 11-2 in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Spurrier coached multiple All-Americans Jadeveon Clowney and Melvin Ingram.

The Gamecocks finished 86-49 under Spurrier and 5-4 in college football bowl games. Spurrier retired in the middle of the 2015 season.

Will Muschamp was named head coach in 2016. The Gamecocks didn’t enjoy much success under Muschamp. South Carolina posted a 16-10 overall record from 2017-2018 with 9-4 and 7-6 finishes. The 2017 season included wins over Tennessee Volunteers and Florida Gators. He was fired after the 2020 season.

Shane Beamer was named head coach in December 2020. They finished with a 7-6 record in his first season and won the Duke Mayo’s bowl. Ex-Oklahoma quarterback transferred to South Carolina for the 2022 season.

South Carolina Gamecocks FAQs

What is the highest win total in Gamecock history?

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 the Gamecocks put up identical 11-2 seasons. The 11-win seasons are easily the most wins in a season the Gamecocks have ever had.

What was the worst season in Gamecock history?

In 1999, the Gamecocks finished 0-11. It was their first time going winless in school history. 

How many bowl games have the Gamecocks made?

The Gamecocks have made 24 total bowl games. They currently have a 10-14 overall bowl record.
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