As you might guess, it doesn’t take much.
Kenny McKinley, Ryan Succop and nine other USC players are set to do something special.
When they take the field in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, they will be the first Gamecocks to play in three bowl games.
The Gamecocks played in the Independence Bowl in 2005 and the Liberty Bowl in 2006.
This will be USC’s 14th bowl, and the first time it has gone to three bowls in a four-year span.
That’s legendary stuff right there. Oh yeah, there’s this: Steve Spurrier will tie Jim Carlen and Joe Morrison for the most bowl appearances (three) by a South Carolina coach. Wow. I bet that takes the OBC right back to his glory days in Gainesville.
This is the best part, though.
… Sorensen, when told of his upcoming special status, made another point:
“The worst thing is I’ve been (bowl) eligible every year I’ve been here,” said the fifth-year senior.
Last year’s team reached the six-win mark but was passed over, and the 2004 team took itself out of consideration after the brawl with Clemson.
With that kind of track record, you can understand why Gamecock fans think their team has been a preseason powerhouse for the last few years.