Spurs Up tour ends on the coast with Charleston Gamecocks

Spurs Up tour ends on the coast with Charleston Gamecocks

**Story and photo by Kyle Heck**

South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp's last stop of the Spurs Up tour was in Charleston on Thursday, and it might've taken the cake for best view on the tour.

With the Cooper River and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the background, Muschamp made his sixth and final stop of the season with the Charleston County Gamecock Club at Harborside East. 

The Charleston Spurs Up event was the first of the tour to sell out, and fans packed the restaurant to hear from Muschamp. 

"We were really excited to have coach Muschamp come down to Charleston again," Charleston County Gamecock Club President Jen Skoy Krizan said. "Everyone was really excited, and the buzz around the football program is big here in Charleston."

After a dinner provided by The Kickin' Chicken, Muschamp signed autographs and took pictures with everyone in attendance. Skoy Krizan then talked about the accomplishments of the athletics program this spring, and the men's and women's basketball teams received a rousing ovation. 

This year has been fantastic for Gamecock fans everywhere, and Charleston is no different. 

"It was nice to have the Gamecocks on everyone's mind and in the headlines," Skoy Krizan said. "We had a lot of fun down here with the basketball runs, and we're now just piggybacking off that with the football excitement. We're happy down here in Charleston."

Speaking of excitement, Muschamp was looking forward to capping off the Spurs Up tour with a trip to meet the Charleston County Gamecock Club. He once again had a special guest with him for the event, one that's enjoyed seeing some of the Spurs Up stops. 

"My wife Carol is going to be here tonight, and she wants to be a part of Gamecock Nation," Muschamp said prior to the event. "(Fan support) is extremely positive for us, and we really appreciate it."

While last year's inaugural Spurs Up tour was a wild success, this year was even better with more people showing up to the various events. Muschamp thanked fans for their incredible support and passion to wrap up the Charleston event, and it ended a memorable three-week stretch. 

"This was a great Spurs Up tour," said Hayden Lipham, assistant director of the Gamecock Club. "Everything went perfect and coach Muschamp did a great job connecting with the fans and giving everyone a chance to come up and meet him. He's an impressive coach."