COLUMBIA — It labored then, as South Carolina rose from an 0-11 season to publish 17 wins and back-to-back Outback Bowl victories.
Why can’t it work now?
“There’s all the time been that stigma of USC not belonging within the SEC, and guys from the Lowcountry can’t play soccer. That’s simply not us,” stated Langston Moore, a James Island native, USC soccer letterman and now printed writer.
“We all the time thought it could be a cool deal if we may type of take our plight and ache and produce all people else alongside,” he stated.
Langston and Summerville’s Preston Thorne, who additionally performed at USC, teamed up with USC alum Kev Roche three years in the past for his or her first guide, titled “#JustaChicken.” It’s a kids’s guide centered on Cocky, who’s all the time been informed he’ll by no means be something within the Southeastern Convention barnyard.
However like a narrative that Moore and Thorne’s coach informed them, should you assume that method, you’re by no means going to be higher than that.
“(Lou) Holtz used to inform us a few turkey watching a bald eagle fly and asking, ‘What’s that?’” Moore stated. “The opposite turkeys stated, ‘That’s the bald eagle, however we’re turkeys and we’ll by no means be that.’ So the turkey lived his life like that.”
Moore suffered via that winless 1999 season, the ultimate defeat to Clemson coming with Tiger followers pelting the Gamecocks with Zero sweet bars as they left the sphere.
“They stated we have been chickens, by no means Gamecocks,” Moore stated.
Moore and Thorne had all the time talked about writing a kids’s guide about it and at last did, getting Roche for the illustrations. Printed in June 2015, Moore estimates they’ve bought 20-25,000 copies.
They journey to colleges and even company companies statewide and preach Cocky’s message of attempting to make it via a barnyard crammed with gators, elephants, bulldogs and tigers.
“We inform them which you could go professional in one thing aside from sports activities,” Moore stated. “It helps them with expertise of studying, writing and talking, which youngsters are dropping sight of with a lot display time nowadays.”
Cocky’s journey was so profitable that the trio has written a sequel, which is able to arrive in January. “#JustaChickenLittle” has a bit enjoyable with USC followers’ model of the supposed curse that hangs over Gamecock athletics, and the way each loss makes some shout that the sky is falling.
“You wouldn’t be a Gamecock fan should you didn’t imagine within the ‘Hen Curse’ to some extent, so we made that right into a story,” Moore stated. “However our hero, Cocky Jr., sees it via.”
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