8. Cocky is a mascot of the people, for the people
Cocky is simply magical. He is the greatest mascot in sports. If for no other reason, you need to be a Gamecock fan simply because you are a Cocky fan. First of all, he managed to fly between California and New York to cheer for both of his basketball squads.
Second, when Harris Pastides took to Twitter announcing students still had class, Cocky didn't like the response. He doesn't mind giving the university prez a piece of his mind when Pastides does his students wrong. He fights for his students and that is what everyone deserves in a mascot.
9. Carolina Triple Crown
Coastal Carolina was first, bringing home the College World Series title last spring. Clemson *cringe* won the National Championship in football in January. And now, South Carolina has a shot to bring home the Triple Crown and a basketball national championship. A win would be huge for the Palmetto State, so essentially, everyone in South Carolina should be pulling for the Gamecocks.
Disclaimer: I personally could not find it in my heart to cheer for Clemson in the College Football Playoff. With that being said, there are no hard feelings if Clemson fans can't find it in their hearts to cheer for the Gamecocks. I still dislike Clemson no matter what choice you make, but it isn't like you have anyone else to cheer for since you didn't make the tournament at all and managed to blow a 20-point lead AT HOME in the first round of the NIT.
10. Join the greatest fan base in the nation
It isn't all sunshine and rainbows as a Gamecock fan. It's been an amazing few weeks, but that comes after endless heartbreak and disappointment in the past. With that being said, Carolina fans have never faltered. They are strong, passionate fans who will travel anywhere to cheer for their team. They show up in masses of thousands simply to welcome home their team. This is a group you want to be a part of. This is a group who stands together, through the losses, which makes the wins all that much sweeter.
I mean, come on. In less than 24 hours fans have raised $5,600 and counting for one of the most devoted to make it to the Final Four.
Come and join our family! There's No Limits to the fun we will have, and we'd be happy to have you! Just be prepared to burn every piece of orange clothing you own.