A Gamecock Odyssey Author Talk with Alan Piercy (Spartanburg)

Apr 11, 2024 @ TBA | Location: Hub City Bookshop, 186 W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Apr 11, 2024 @ TBA
Location: Hub City Bookshop, 186 W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Hosted by: Hub City Bookshop

Join us for an author talk with Alan Piercy and learn about the history of Gamecock athletics in A Gamecock Odyssey: University of South Carolina Sports in the Independent Era.

In A Gamecock Odyssey, Alan Piercy chronicles the significant events and describes the larger-than-life characters of the years following the University of South Carolina's departure from the ACC. The university experienced some of the highest highs and lowest lows in its athletics history. Tales of interpersonal clashes between football head coach Paul Dietzel and men's basketball head coach Frank McGuire; the rise and fall of women's basketball coach Pam Parsons; George Rogers and his magical Heisman Trophy-winning season; the birth of USC's beloved mascot, Cocky; and other USC sports stories converge, stirring feelings of amusement, nostalgia, and pride.

With colorful storytelling and Gamecock pride, Piercy gives college sports fans a behind-the-scenes tour of these raucous decades. He explains how South Carolina's independent era tells the broader story of NCAA sports conference realignment, Title IX, the impact of the civil rights movement on college athletics, the evolution of college sports media coverage, and the development of college sports into a multi-billion-dollar business sustained by TV broadcast and licensing rights.

A Gamecock Odyssey captures the spirit of the time and shows the reader how those years influenced today's Gamecock culture and national obsession with college athletics.

Alan Piercy is a freelance writer who currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Piercy is a Columbia, South Carolina, native; a 1995 graduate of the University of South Carolina; and lifelong Gamecock fan. He hosts a collection of his general interest writings online at Yellow Dog Journal, and his South by Southeast: A Gamecock History online newsletter features stories spanning decades of Gamecock athletics.

The book will be available for purchase at the event.

Published on January 22, 2024 | Categories: Events

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