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Old 06-19-2014, 07:54 PM   #61
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My wife has a Masters in social work from USC as well. She doesn't use it in her current career. Can I ask when your wife got hers
2004. she doesn't use hers. she has not been gainfully employed in a decade.
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It could be worse. He could cheer for LSU or Georgia... Or the cow college up in Pickens county
Agree. He actually is related to Thomas Green Clemson, but he wouldn't dare!!!
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2004. she doesn't use hers. she has not been gainfully employed in a decade.
my wife got hers in 2003. Used it for 1 year. Now is a paralegal.
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Diehard and loyal fan here!
I love my Gamecocks, I went to college up in Charlotte though at Belmont Abbey.
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I was raised in a home that believed in Cocky. My father was a follower of Cocky and tried to teach me his ways as best he could but I did not have personal relationship with Cocky until 1987. I remember my conversion experience like it was yesterday… *looks up thoughtfully and scene fades to the 1980’s*

I was a good kid and very handsome and strong, but as I said, I did not have the personal relationship with Cocky that I knew I needed to have. Because of that, I wandered from the path and got into some teams that I should not have. I experimented with “gateway teams” at first. Teams that I could not get ragged about because no one around me cared about them. I tried Michigan State (had an uncle who graduated from there), Notre Dame (cool mascot and helmets) and even Ohio State (I cannot explain that one). However, the really hard times began when, I hate to admit it, I did some Clemson. Before I am excommunicated, my best friend’s dad had season tickets and I only tried it once. I was weak and I caved into peer pressure. “All the cool kids pull for Clemson,” said my friend “come on man, I thought you were my friend.” So I did it. I even got a William Perry jersey (you have to admit that he WAS an incredible athlete). Then, one day, my dad caught me trying the sneak into the house. I had been out playing football with my friend and had forgotten to take off my “Fridge” jersey before I went in. I was caught, red-handed, under the influence of Clemson. I was so ashamed. He did not say a word. The look on his face said it all.

The entire time I was wandering, Cocky was calling. He never left me though he should have a hundred times. Cocky was with me and did not let me fall. I knew I was messed up and needed to make a change. I was not sure how to do it. I asked Cocky to make a way for me.

In a remarkable “coincidence”, the Palmetto Bowl was on ESPN that year. Some might call it a coincidence, but I believe that it was foreordained by Cocky for my eternal good. I was invited by some of my friends to watch the game with them. They had stayed by my side during all my dark times (wearing orange AND purple, really dude!?!). They were actually going to USC upon graduation. They were kind to me and patiently answered all of my questions:

Did Clemson REALLY buy that National Championship or is that just a vast right-wing conspiracy? Yep.

Where did name Death Valley really come from? (Presbyterian College coach Lonnie McMillan had described Clemson's Memorial Stadium as "Death Valley," because that's where his teams annually went to die. So it got its name because they annually beat up on a Div. 1 school) *fake sneezes “tallestmidget”

Do they really do that to cattle? Yep.

I was convinced and I was ready to give my heart to Cocky. The moment was right and I hoped for a defining conversion experience. Then this happened:



Cocky came into my heart and I have been a faithful follower ever since. It has been a hard, hard road with many disappointments (I am looking at you two Sparky Woods and Brad Scott) but I have never doubted for a minute that HE called me to himself and I am His.

I did not attend USC. I am not an alumnus. I have four happy children and cannot afford to go to any home games. I am teaching them the ways and words of Cocky. I know that one day we will all be together in Cockpit.

But I have Cocky in my heart nonetheless and HE IS ALIVE!!! Cocky bless you all!
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Started off in the Towers (Moore). The word 'nostalgia' doesn't even come close to describing how I feel when I think of those early days in college...or even more when I go back to visit campus. The newness was overwhelming but the feeling of freedom was even more powerful. I'd pay a lot to go back to those days and experience it all again. Everything was "new" to me. I grew up in a town of 2,000 people and no one from my town went to Carolina my year, and anyone who had before then- I didn't really know. My family didn't have much money, so I scholarship/granted my whole way through and survived off of excess checks to buy books and food. I bought my first cell phone and plan (Nokia) on campus in front of the SC Bookstore. I was on campus for 3 months before realizing where 5 Points was...campus seemed "huge" to me. The environment around me and my outlook on life expanded a lot in those first two years.

A lot changed while I was there with Carolina, too. Russell House went through serious renovations, the Quads were being built, the Strom Thurmond Center was built, the Greek 'hood was built, the Carolina/Colonial Center was built, baseball & football really became *strong* while I was there, and even the basketball team had back to back NITs (yeah, I know- but still) and it was just a great time to be a Gamecock.

When I think back, a lot of the memories and thoughts rushing through my head are blurs...and not just from the partying. So many awesome memories packed into a 4 year period that clarity is kind of lost on me.

I could go on and on, sorry about that.
I went about the same time, 07 grad...took 5 years though. Worked full time and school full time.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:38 PM   #74
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I have been all three, but now a proud alumnus. Have been a fan since I was a lad but it was academics that led me to enroll. One of the best decisions of my life was going to Carolina. Got an education in a field I am passionate about and it has served me very well. Met the love of my life in college and she is still putting up with me after 30+ years of marriage (and also a rabid fan). And, happy to say as of about a week ago we are first-time season ticket holders.
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RABID FAN!!! I grew up in greenwood and a couple of locals signed on to play so I began to follow them back in the late 60"s. So, thank you Mr. Tyler Hellams and in memory of Mr. Neville Files(RIP). These two hometown products are the reason that I have never sipped the orange Kool-Aid and NEVER WILL!!!!
Remember both of those players well. Will never forget Hellams punt return to beat clemson.

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As a side note some of the best fans we have never attended USC & they are every bit the fan I am. Never apologize for where life takes you, important thing is you're part of Gamecock Nation just as much as the guy with 3 USC degrees.
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Almunus. B.S. and M.S. I don't look any differently at those who are not, but are fans of the program. I have good friends, for example, who grew up in Columbia, attended the Citadel, Newberry, Wofford or MTC, and are diehards.
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Fan and recent convert - went to Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison here in NJ so school pride in athletics was modest (at the time I went, at least; the women's basketball team did win the Division III title this past March ).

Long story slightly shorter - my wife's father is big into genealogy along with one of his cousins, and last summer I asked them to look into my father's history. I didn't know much about him other than he was born in SC then the family moved to Chicago when he was 2 then to NJ when he was 6. So I figured they had moved around a lot before that but as it turned out she was able to trace the family all the way back to the 1830's as constantly living in the town of Johnston, SC. It also turned out that my great-grandfather had some interesting history in the Civil War.

So, pretty much on a whim based on that info I checked out what the closest major college was and it turned out to be USC. Saw they were ranked #6 in the preseason football polls so figured they had to be worth following and here I am today
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Saw my dad graduate USC when I was 4. Went to my first game in 1984. Class of 97

Interesting story. Diehard gamecock fan all my life. After junior year in high school Clemson invited me and other students around SC to whine and dine us. I was somewhat impressed because they were reaching out to kids at the top of their class and persuading them to come to Clemson. I received a letter saying I was accepted before I even applied. I ended up getting a small scholarship to Clemson. USC ended up giving me even more. I then hated Clemson more than ever.
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