Only Go Garnet

By: Rixon Lane

Everyone loves alternate uniforms. 

Players enjoy getting to wear new threads, the fans like seeing their team in something flashy and merchants get to sell new jerseys.

But in the case of South Carolina, simpler might be the best way to go. 

South Carolina is 9-14 when wearing either black or gray jerseys or pants under Steve Spurrier. Additionally, the Gamecocks are 0-6 in their last six contests when anything other than garnet or white has been a part of the uniform combination. Here's how those six games have gone for South Carolina squads.

 

2009: At Georgia (L) 41-37

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: The Gamecocks scored 37 points, but couldn't come up with one final touchdown.

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: The Gamecocks scored 37 points, but couldn't come up with one final touchdown.

The Gamecocks scored more points than they had ever scored against the Bulldogs, but it wasn't enough to pull out a road win in Athens. A Stephen Garcia pass from the Georgia 7-yard line was knocked down with 22 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs escaped with the win. 

2009: At Alabama (L) 20-6

STAFF PHOTO BY C.J. DRIGGERS: At Alabama, South Carolina lost its second game of the year in the white/black look.

STAFF PHOTO BY C.J. DRIGGERS: At Alabama, South Carolina lost its second game of the year in the white/black look.

South Carolina helped Mark Ingram put together his Heisman highlight reel, as the tailback rushed for a career-high 246 yards on 24 carries. On Alabama's final drive, he carried the ball on all six plays, covering 68 yards, and scoring the decisive touchdown. 

2009: Vs. Florida (L) 24-14

STAFF PHOTO: South Carolina came up just short in its first game in "Wounded Warrior" uniforms.

STAFF PHOTO: South Carolina came up just short in its first game in "Wounded Warrior" uniforms.

In South Carolina's first "Wounded Warrior" game, the Gamecocks trailed 17-14 were marching deep in Florida territory to begin the fourth quarter. However, Garcia would have a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted, leading to the clinching touchdown for Florida. 

2010: At Kentucky (L) 31-28 

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: When Marcus Lattimore left the game, so did South Carolina's offense. 

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: When Marcus Lattimore left the game, so did South Carolina's offense. 

This game was probably the final nail in the "white jersey/black pants" uniform coffin. After Marcus Lattimore went down with an injury, Kentucky rallied from an 18-point deficit, outscoring South Carolina 21-0 in the second half, to beat the Gamecocks for the first time in 10 tries. 

2011: Vs. Auburn (L) 16-13

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: These "Wounded Warrior" jerseys were only worn during pre-game warm-ups. 

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: These "Wounded Warrior" jerseys were only worn during pre-game warm-ups. 

A disaster from start to finish. No. 10 South Carolina had to change out of its "Wounded Warrior" jerseys before kickoff because the numbers were too difficult to see, then proceeded to lose to unranked Auburn in Stephen Garcia's final game as a starter. 

2012: At LSU (L) 23-21

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: The "battle gray" uniforms received mixed reactions from fans. 

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL COLLINS: The "battle gray" uniforms received mixed reactions from fans. 

Seriously, there has to be a better way to support veterans than wearing these uniforms. Sporting an all-gray camouflage look, the Gamecocks were outgained on the ground by 224 yards and couldn't hold on to a 14-10 fourth quarter lead. 

 

The moral of the story: if it's not garnet, it must go.