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The team was first referred to as the "Game Cocks" in 1900.    in 1903, the Columbia morning newspaper, The State, used the condensed version, "Gamecocks," and the name has been around ever since.    The title refers to fighting birds, which is generally frowned upon, but the scrappy spirit of the creatures fits a tough football team.    The nickname was also one given to General Thomas Sumter, who was from South Carolina, British General Cornwallis.

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The University of South Carolina football team held steady in the national polls released today, ranking sixth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls for the second straight week.

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Ace Sanders struggled as he tried to pick up the Outback Bowl MVP trophy he had just won. He had just spent 60 minutes carrying the South Carolina football team on his frame and was a little spent.

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Gamecock Football Tickets: The "Gamecocks" are the athletic teams of The University of South Carolina, commonly called "USC" or just "SC", although that does occasionally.