The USC Gamecocks’ dismal football season ends in a very fitting manner – via COVID-19

by jovan1984

Columbia — The season to forget for USC fans will end in a way few will soon forget.

The Gamecocks’ rocky season, one with no out of conference games, ends via a spate of positive COVID-19 tests within the football program.

The Gamecocks finish at 2-8 both in conference play and overall. They were slated to play in the Gasparilla Bowl on Saturday.

“(Between) members of the coaching staff and student-athletes, COVID and contact tracing has taken a toll too high for us to overcome,” said Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner in a statement.

The Gamecocks became the second school to have to back out of a bowl game, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Fellow SEC school Tennessee was the first. Almost two dozen other schools declined participation and the reasons for those schools declining were not immediately known.