Gamecocks kick history's rear this season

History has not been kind to South Carolina's football program.

Outside of George Rogers winning the Heisman Trophy in 1980, this is a football program that has rarely, if ever, been relevant nationally.

It was perennially about what the Gamecocks hadn't done, because they had done so little in more than 100 years of football.

That all changed this season, and it culminates Saturday when South Carolina plays in its first SEC championship game against unbeaten and No. 1 Auburn.

Leave it to freshman running back Marcus Lattimore to shed the most poignant light on what this season has meant to the program.

"History has failed this year. We've got a chance to make history again on Saturday," said Lattimore, who helped changed that history as much as anybody the minute he signed with the Gamecocks this February.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who's guided the Gamecocks to nine or more wins for only the third time in school history, said he never quit believing that the Gamecocks would get to this point.

And, yes, he's fully aware of what a victory Saturday would mean to the entire state of South Carolina.

"I had a friend of mine tell me how big it would be if we were to win, and I said, 'Now, listen, you don't think I don't know that?' We didn't arrive yesterday. We've been here for a while. We know our history,'" Spurrier said.

It hasn't happened overnight, but the Head Ball Coach has finally turned history on the Gamecocks' side.