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July 31, 2002

Columbia, SC –
University of South Carolina head football coach Lou Holtz will have a new website beginning Aug. 9. will go online at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 9, the same time that the 2002 Gamecock football team will take the practice field for the first time during preseason camp.

The website will provide Gamecock fans with the most up-to-date, informative, and behind the scenes look into the Carolina football program. Coach Holtz will author both a preview of the upcoming opponent along with a recap of last week’s game. He will also rank his weekly top 20 teams. The assistant coaches will provide weekly updates and a scouting report on the next opponent. Practice reports, along with updated depth chart information will also be available. In addition, interviews with current Gamecock players, along with updates from Gamecocks in the NFL will be posted online. A special feature will also include a column from the coaching staff’s wives’ perspective. The normal statistical information from USC, the Southeastern Conference, and the team’s opponent will also be listed.

“This website is for the many Gamecock fans who have an unending desire to receive as much information as possible about the Carolina football program,” said head coach Lou Holtz. “It’s not intended to compete with the news media and it won’t. What it will do, however, is provide our fans with a total package of information that so often the media doesn’t have the space or time to provide. There is unbelievable interest in the Gamecock program, and it’s our goal to give our fans everything they want and more.”

The website will be managed by Team IA of Lexington, S.C., along with In Design of Lexington. Fans may place their subscription orders now by contacting the USC football office at 803/777-4271. Website subscriptions are $49.95 a year. Revenues derived from the website will be equally divided three ways: one third will be distributed to the USC Athletics Department general fund; one third will be distributed to help supplement the USC assistant coaching staff; and one third will be donated to the Lou Holtz Charitable Foundation.