Like old times: Flag football game will bring back USC lettermen – The State
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Will Muschamp was hired to rebuild South Carolina football, and much of that goes beyond the field. While Steve Spurrier’s regime did a fine job of welcoming former players back to the program, Muschamp wants to augment it.
What better way than to invite the players back, and let them play?
Over 100 former Gamecocks will participate in a flag football game at 11 a.m. Saturday before the current group of Gamecocks finish spring practice with the Garnet and Black Game. Muschamp came up with the idea and Moe Brown, former wide receiver and current president of the USC Association of Lettermen, helped get it in motion.
“When he first got here, I introduced myself and who I was,” Brown said. “The next two sentences from him were about whether or not I’d want to help plan a football cookout.
“We had a great conversation, about how lettermen need to be part of the culture. In order to go to where it needs to be, he requires that family atmosphere and accountability that comes along with being a letterman.”
Brown and Ryan Brewer, former all-purpose star and lettermen association president, began rounding up the players and picking teams. Everybody is split as evenly as possible along age and position guidelines.
Brown estimated there will be around 120 players, each with their own jersey, and the roster will cover almost all of USC’s history. Lou Sossamon, the Gamecocks’ first AP All-American (1942), is set to attend and stars ranging from Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, to record-setting QB Todd Ellis, to Marcus Lattimore are coming as well.
There might be a few current pro Gamecocks there, although they probably won’t play. “Man, I was thinking about it, but every time I go in the weight room, there are guys really working out, taking this thing seriously,” said Toronto Argonauts receiver Tori Gurley. “I might just have to watch.”
“It will be more entertainment than competing against each other. We don’t want anyone getting hurt,” Brown said. “We’ll have some unexpected surprises during the game I think fans will enjoy.”
The spring game, free of charge, kicks at noon and the flag football participants will be honored at halftime, with an hour-long autograph session on the field afterward. Brown thanked all of the coaches at USC for their support.
“This was coach Muschamp’s idea,” he said. “He really wants former players to be part of the current team, like coach Spurrier did.”
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