COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina will not be making a bowl trip after all.
The school confirmed on Tuesday that they will not be traveling down to Tampa to play in the Gasparilla Bowl against UAB on Saturday because of positive COVID-19 tests and contract tracing.
“The team was excited to learn Sunday that it would play in the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa on Saturday.” Athletics Director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “However, between members of the coaching staff and student-athletes, COVID and contact tracing has taken a toll too high for us to overcome. I have notified the bowl and the SEC office that we are not able to play in the game on Saturday.”
The decision means South Carolina’s season ends at 2-8, their lowest win total in a season since they went 0-11 back in 1999.
“I am proud of this team.” Tanner said. “Their commitment to represent their program and University, themselves, their families, and their coaches, is second to none. With new head coach Shane Beamer, staff, and student-athletes, we will be ready for 2021 and we’re excited about the future.”