UofSC alumna set without cost live performance to rejoice Gamecock ladies’s basketball
Posted on: April 21, 2022; Up to date on: April 21, 2022
Megan Sexton, [email protected], 803-777-1421
Darius Rucker has made no secret of his love for all issues Gamecock.
Contemplate his response to a tweet on April 2, the day of the lads’s Last 4 sport
between North Carolina and Duke, a matchup that captivated the faculty basketball
“Who you bought? #UNCvsDuke” the tweet by Lauren Beasley learn.
Rucker’s reply: “Who cares. I acquired @GamecockWBB.”
The nation music famous person and Gamecock superfan’s roots run deep garnet. And, as soon as
once more, Rucker will give again to his alma mater as he takes the Colonial Life Enviornment
stage Sunday night time (April 24) for a free live performance for college kids to rejoice the ladies’s
basketball group’s nationwide championship.
The plans for the free present began gelling quickly after the Gamecocks topped UConn
to win the group’s second nationwide championship in 5 years.
A video of Interim President Harris Pastides, interviewed on the courtroom in the course of the
victory celebration about the opportunity of a Rucker present, began circulating on
social media. Pastides’ message for Rucker: “We wish it instantly.”
Rucker rapidly responded: “I’m in. Sooner the higher!!!”
Doorways open at 6 p.m. for the present, which can characteristic a gap act by rap artist
Nelly. Whereas he now could be a chart-topping nation artist, Rucker acquired his begin because the
lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish, shaped together with his Carolina classmates within the
We caught up with Rucker to speak about basketball, Daybreak Staley and Sunday’s present.
On successful the nationwide championship
I imply, it is superior to have a dynasty proper there in Columbia, South Carolina. I
suppose it is superb what they’re doing there, as a result of it’s what each coach goals
of doing — constructing a program, recruiting and successful.
On Coach Daybreak Staley
She’s humorous. She’s so enjoyable to be round. She’s a cool, laid-back individual in life. However
if you see her on the courtroom, she coaches onerous. She coaches with love, however she coaches
On being a recognizable Gamecock fan and the request for a celebration live performance
It is superior to be that man and be part of that household on the college. I really feel
like (the followers) really feel. They anticipated me to play a present. I anticipated me to play a present,
too. These ladies have gone out and simply performed so nicely, so nicely and had been so dominant.
And it looks like I wanted extra, so I referred to as Nelly and mentioned, ‘How a lot to return play
with me?’ And he was in. He was there.”
What to anticipate on the live performance
Nelly killing it after which me going after him and making an attempt to kill it. It’ll
be plenty of enjoyable. That is what that night time goes to be about. Simply enjoyable.
The significance of a present for the scholars
I imply, in an ideal world for me, we might have performed it at Williams-Brice or on the
Horseshoe, so that you get all the scholars after which you might have a complete bunch of alumni
who additionally assist the group a lot and went to the video games. However, if you happen to do it at (Colonial
Life Enviornment), you need it to be for the scholars as a result of, I imply, these are recollections
that you really want them to make. I bear in mind after I was in school and the recollections I made
of seeing Eddie Murphy or seeing the pope, and all that stuff that mainly solely
college students get to do. So, if it’s going to be for any individual, it must be the scholars.
On that gamecock tattoo
It’s new. I acquired it 4 or 5 months in the past. This nice artist, Luke Wasserman, is
a buddy of mine. I instructed him I needed to cowl up an outdated (tattoo) and I knew I needed
to cowl it up with a gamecock. He researched it and drew it up by hand. To have an
authentic piece of artwork like that; that’s not one thing anyone else has. I used to be like,
‘Wow. Man, that’s precisely what I needed.’
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