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First we will be best, then we will be first.
Lou Holtz

2002 Overall Record:  5-7
Conference Record:  3-5
Returning Starters:  Offense 2, Defense 6, Kicker/Punter 1

Next Game:  August 30 vs UL-Lafayette @ South Carolina

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2003 Forecast:


I hear many people talking up South Carolina this year, but I just don't see it.  The Cocks are coming off of a 5-7 year and return only 2 starters on the offensive side of the ball, and 6 defensive starters.  Leading receiver, and speed merchant, Troy Williamson (491 rec yds) is back, but all other skill position starters are gone.  The RB position is wide open.  OT Travelle Wharton may be the best at his postion in the SEC.
The Cocks have a new defensive coordinator, and a new alignment (4-3) to learn.  The bulk of their linebacking crew was out from spring drills with injuries, but if they make it back, they are good.  In addition, a star corner may be moving to the offensive side of the ball.
This team has much talent, but very little experience.  They are very young.
Out of conference foes Virginia and Clemson add to a grueling SEC schedule that has the Cocks traveling to Georgia, Tennesse, and Arkansas.  Home dates with LSU and Florida add to the slate.
If this team matures early, it could be solid.  If it doeasn't, it could be a long and disappointing year.  I see them as middle of the pack in the SEC East.
Predictions:  6-6 overall.  3-5 SEC.  May get a minor bowl bid.


Gamecock News:

CFN 2003 South Carolina Gamecock Preview

8-20 Gamecocks' pair together again

8-10 Gamecocks in need of big plays

8-10 Holtz notices Irons' on-field improvement

8-9 Barnes, Levey battling for left guard spot

8-9 USC defense toils with 4-3 scheme

8-8 Pinkins reassesses USC's passing prowess

8-7 Chemistry class

8-6 Time to go to work

8-6 Thomas wiser after summer on suspension

8-5 Holtz doom and gloom speech may be true this year

8-2 Gamecocks expect to have Thomas back soon

8-2 NCAA makes another visit to USC

8-1 Robinson, Wharton second team All-SEC

7-31 Beth Holtz to undergo tests at Mayo Clinic

7-28 Greenville lineman shifts allegiance to USC

7-28 South Carolina's Pinkins displaying maturity

7-27 Retirement not on Holtz's agenda

7-26 Man behind the Gamecocks

7-24 Turman reinstated to Gamecocks

7-21 USC lands in-state commitment from lineman

7-19 USC makes changes after recruiting violations

7-19 Walvius to meet with Johnson

7-18 Holtz's wife has test on lungs

7-15 USC running back still in limbo

7-9 Tickets sales up for USC

7-9 Charges dropped against Turman

7-3 It's time for USC to think about ACC

6-27 Gamecocks content being in the SEC

6-23 USC uses camp to evaluate recruits

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SEC Sports Smack note:  The Cocks appear to be a year away from challenging for the SEC East.  They have much talent, but are very young.
Coach Lou Holtz is one of the masters of the game, and a great motivational leader.  A young club often does ride emotions throughout a season.  That is why I cannot count this club out.
This is a program on the rise in the SEC.  This year's record may not show that, but make no mistake about it.  Coach Holtz and his Gamecocks will be a force in the SEC beginning in 2004.

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Alltime Record:  490-493-44
Bowl Record:  3-8

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