After more than one hundred years of craving a champion, the University of South Carolina finally has one. The 2010 Gamecock baseball team won six consecutive games over eight summer nights to take the College World Series and lay claim to the school's first major national championship. From dancing around in a dark locker room to singing "Silent Night"? on the team bus after every victory in Omaha, these Gamecocks were as fun-loving as they were talented. And they did it all in the name of one special boy, seven-year-old Bayler Teal. Bayler passed away before he could see his beloved Gamecocks triumph, but the team's victory is a tribute to their number one fan. Join the Post and Courier's Travis Haney as he recounts this incredible team's historic season.
The Gamecocks baseball team's surprising, heart-pounding run to the 2010 College World Series title seemed to many as if it could not be paralleled, in its excitement or its overall meaning to the school and the state of South Carolina. In 2011, though, they topped what they had already done, returning home champions and parading in style to the State House steps. In 2010, they honored the life of 7-year-old Bayler Teal, a cancer victim who died during the College World Series. In 2011, they celebrated the life of Omaha native Charlie Peters, a 13-year-old cancer survivor who served as a batboy for the team. The Gamecocks celebrated with a traditional dogpile near the pitcher's mound, Peters jumped on top of the mass of players and coaches.
Author: Robert D. Bass
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Release Date: 2017-01-12
This is a 1961 biography by distinguished historian and author, Dr. Robert D. Bass, of the elusive American general Thomas Sumter—nicknamed the “Carolina Gamecock,” for his fierce fighting style—and his campaigns against the British Army in the South during the American Revolution. Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 - June 1, 1832) was a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia, a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence, a planter, and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801-1810, when he retired.
Former Clemson coach Charley Pell once said that the outcome of the Carolina-Clemson rivalry "decides who walks down the street as state champion and who hides in a closet for a year." That's the way it goes in the Palmetto State when these two football teams get together. Playing for the first time in 1896 on a soggy day at the state fair in Columbia, the Gamecocks and the Tigers began a tradition that has lasted over a century. Join award-winning sportswriters Travis Haney and Larry Williams as they recount the greatest moments of the longest uninterrupted series in the South, with firsthand accounts from coaches, players and spectators.
Author: William E Studwell
Release Date: 2013-04-03
Come join the band! College Fight Songs II is a supplement to the original College Fight Songs, providing 97 additional song texts and interesting historical information. Together they are a unique anthology of college fight songs from across the country. College Fight Songs II: A Supplementary Anthology is a second-round knockout that finishes the job started by the first edition. This rollicking continuation of the original collection will give you even more to shout about, again bringing together complete lyrics, historical annotations, and musical scores of the songs of over 50 more colleges and universities! Full of spirited music and lyrics that will put a spring in the step of incoming freshmen and music historians alike, College Fight Songs II is for you! You'll uncover plenty of behind-the-scenes info about the songs and the people who inspired them, and of course you'll find: complete musical scores full lyrics basic historical background concerning the songs and their institutions information regarding the songwriters and college nicknames So let’s “Hail West Virginia,” stay “Ever True to Brown,” “Fight for LSU,” and shout out “The Buckeye Battle Cry!” College Fight Songs II will keep you in the game!
She stood at the podium on May 10, 2008, and promised to bring national prominence to South Carolina. Most thought it would take a miracle to get to that point, but Dawn Staley has always beaten the odds. Staley’s vision for the Gamecocks’ women’s basketball team came true over the next nine years, culminating in the 2017 national championship. Her willingness to keep striving—to deliver on her promise—was met with early resistance. It paid off with several winning seasons, then terrific recruits. And, finally, the only prize Staley had not obtained in a lifetime of championship basketball. David Cloninger takes you on the team’s journey to the national title.
Author: B. David Ridpath
Release Date: 2012-03-14
Genre: Sports & Recreation
In 1997, Dave Ridpath walked onto the campus of Marshall University as a sports-loving athletic administrator with a career on the rise. Less than five years later, Ridpath’s quest to reform one of the most corrupt athletic departments in college sports, while simultaneously standing up to the behemoth governing body that is the NCAA, had all but destroyed that career. While serving as assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at Marshall University from 1997 through 2001, Ridpath unearthed violations of several NCAA rules. These violations included overt academic fraud and impermissible, booster-devised employment for members of the Marshall University football team—a team had taken the nation by storm because of its incredible success on the field. Ridpath now chronicles his experiences through this trying time in Tainted Glory: Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. Instead of being hailed as a conquering hero determined to clean up an outlaw program, Ridpath had the tables turned on him. He found himself out of a job when Marshall University and the NCAA determined that the path of least resistance would be to remove him rather than address the issues head-on. With this action, they hoped to avoid damaging the university, the athletic department, and the NCAA overall. This story is about more than the NCAA or Marshall University. It is about the state of the business of intercollegiate athletics told by someone on the inside who lived it—the good and the bad.
Author: Barry Jacobs
Publisher: Mann Media Inc
Release Date: 2002-01-01
The ACC's first 50 years tells the story of the Atlantic Coast Conference from its inception until 2002. The story will show the people and the politics behind the creation of one of the nation's most successful collegiate sports leagues. The athletes and coaches who have been so successful weave a thread throughout the book, but so will the ongoing tension between academics and athletics that has been a part of this conference from the beginning. And the book will also take a look at the impact our society and its struggles have had on the conference and athletics, such as the integration of the 1960s and 1970s and the effect of the African-American athlete on college sports and the ACC
Author: Larry Williams
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: 2016
The 2015-16 season marked a significant moment in Clemson football history. Not only did the team play in its first national championship in thirty-four years, but the nation also finally took note of the burgeoning renaissance. When Dabo Swinney told a national television audience about his team's willingness to "bring your own guts" after an emotional win over Notre Dame, it was a spontaneous line to a television reporter in the delirious, rain-soaked aftermath of a landmark victory. But Swinney's comment also underscored the identity and drive that would fuel a truly special season. Larry Williams relays the intimate details of Swinney's life, his impact on Tiger Town and his mission to create an elite program on and off the field.
Author: Mark Mehler
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Release Date: 2018-02-13
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The annual NCAA Basketball Tournament, which has become known as “March Madness” has emerged as a major sports event, matched only by the Super Bowl and the Olympics. In Madness, Mark Mehler and Charles Paikert tell the stories behind the ten most compelling and memorable championship games in tournament history, from North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas Wildcats in 1957 to Duke’s heart stopping victory over underdog Butler in 2010. As a bonus, five more games that just missed the cut are also examined. Madness goes beyond the games to tell the the backstories of these classics, each entirely unique unto itself. For example, Jim Valvano taking his impossible dream of a national title and making it come true for the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack; Rollie Massimino turning spaghetti and clam sauce into inspiration for his underachieving 1985 Villanova team; and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, breaking down in tears while taking a Broadway curtain call in front of a wildly-applauding audience who two hours earlier didn't know who these two guys were decades after their head-to-head matchup in 1979. Some of these stories also resonate far beyond the basketball court, including the 1966 triumph by the Texas Western Miners, which helped chisel away the college basketball color line and stamped their victory as "Glory Road." Over sixty years of college basketball history is brought to life in this must-have for all basketball fans.