USC Fans Campaign for Cotton Bowl

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Willie T. Smith III, The Greenville News

COLUMBIA - A rarity for so much of its football history, playing in bowl games has become commonplace for South Carolina since Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier have taken over the program in back-to-back stints.

That has particularly been true since the team has been bowl eligible in all nine seasons since Spurrier took over.

With success comes familiarity, which means the Gamecocks fans have had the opportunity to visit a plethora of bowls. But, with the conference tie-ins, fans are subject to attending the same venues yearly.

Since it appears the Gamecocks potential suitors have been whittled to two - the Capital One and ATT Cotton Bowls - some USC fans have taken it upon themselves to have a voice in the decision. They have taken to social media to get their point across and the ATT Cotton Bowl appears to be their choice.

"Have they ever," said a receptionist of Gamecocks fans prior to transferring a call.

That sentiment was affirmed by Bowl Vice President of Communications Charlie Fiss.

We have received lots of fan interest via social media," said Fiss. "It's well over 5,000 interactions. I'm told by our social media director that it's more than 3,000 on twitter and more than 2,000 on Facebook."

The number of twitter followers had closed in on close to over 3,800 by Thursday afternoon.

That's pretty impressive since the ATT Cotton Bowl twitter site has a total of 12,953 followers.

The fans aren't the only ones hoping to make Arlington, Texas, home for a few days in January.

The pre-SEC Championship game prognostications have USC ending up at the Capital One Bowl if Auburn defeats Missouri and the ATT Cotton Bowl if Mizzou tops Auburn.

Spurrier made comments earlier in the week that he was on board with the Gamecocks traveling to Texas. On his state-wide radio show Thursday night, he walked that opinion back a little.

"I said earlier in the week, if we got a chance to go to the Cotton Bowl it would be neat because our team has never been there, our school hasn't, I've never been there," said Spurrier. "It would be something different. But, also, the Capital One Bowl is one of the very best in the country...Personally I'm happy with both of them."

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