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Muschamp pays tribute to Greer's Dodi Anderson during visit to Upstate

By Alex Love, Staff Reporter
Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Dodi Anderson, from Greer, with unidentified friend, received special recognition Tuesday night from USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp for her contributions to the Gamecocks football program through the years.
 

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Dodi Anderson, from Greer, with unidentified friend, received special recognition Tuesday night from USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp for her contributions to the Gamecocks football program through the years.

 



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A signed poster made this person one happy Gamecocks fan.
 

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A signed poster made this person one happy Gamecocks fan.

 



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USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp gave the Greenville County Gamecock Club an updated report on the 2016 Gamecocks football team.
 

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USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp gave the Greenville County Gamecock Club an updated report on the 2016 Gamecocks football team.

 



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Two of the youngest Gamecocks fans visited with USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp.
 

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Two of the youngest Gamecocks fans visited with USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp.

 



Hundreds of University of South Carolina fans gave Gamecocks Head Football Coach Will Muschamp a rousing welcome to the Upstate with his seventh stop on the 2016 Spurs Up tour at the TD Convention Center Tuesday night.

Just as many fans sought Muschamp’s autograph after speaking to the Greenville County Gamecock Club.

“It’s always great to get out and see everybody which I see as the most loyal fan base in the country,” Muschamp said. “Our fans are outstanding so it’s important for me to get out and reach out to them. People are extremely excited and it’s been fun meeting everybody.”

“I like his intensity and I’m very excited like everybody,” Greenville County Gamecock Club President Dan Drew said.

Greer native Dodie Anderson, a loyal Gamecock fan, has been a long-time donor to USC football and USC Upstate. Her donations are well documented in helping the Gamecocks get an indoor practice facility among other improvements and Upstate basketball upgrade the Hodge Arena into a nationally-ranked basketball facility.

“I wanted to come today because I am a Gamecock fan and been one since before 1990,” Anderson said. “Of course I went to USC Upstate but that made me a Gamecock, I think coach Muschamp has created lots of excitement if you take a look around this room. This season I look forward to lots of good wins.”

Anderson and her late husband, Bob, founded a Clinton flooring company that was one of the most successful in the U.S.

Muschamp, in his message, mentioned all of Anderson’s donations and thanked her for all the help she’s brought to the program and touching the lives of many student athletes.

Greer residents Jim and Ann Ward were also in attendance. They have been going to every Gamecocks football game for the last 35 seasons.

“We go to all the games,” Ann said. “We haven’t missed one but our favorite is always the Clemson-Carolina game.”

“We wanted to come out to see Will Muschamp and hear what he has to say,” Jim said. “We’re excited about the season but we’d really like to see an improvement in quarterback, running, passing and the defense.”

The Greenville County Gamecock Club was also celebrating Drew’s 25 years and retirement after serving as president of the County Gamecock club for 20 years.

“I have great board members who will fill my shoes,” Drew said. “Columbia called me and offered me (an executive position with the SC Gamecock Club) and I knew I just couldn’t do both. It’s been an exciting ride. I’ve been on the board since Joe Morrison was coaching. We got someone real good lined up to be the next president of the club.”

Kemper Kenan, a 1990 Gamecock alumni and the senior vice president of First South Bank in Greenville, will take over the local club’s presidency.

“It’s all a little humbling. Dan Drew has set an amazing presidency for the club,” Kenan said. “I’m ready and willing to fill his shoes and take up the charge, I’m a proud Gamecock alumni and this will be a challenge but think we can keep Gamecock athletics visible in the upstate and here in Greenville, South Carolina.”

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