Team preview: South Carolina

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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Someday, college football insiders will simply refer to reclamation projects as "Holtzes," like Hoovervilles of the Great Depression, minus the malicious intent.

The only coach to lead six different programs to bowl games, Lou Holtz has reversed more fortunes than margin calls as his 32nd season draws nigh. Whether it was at Arkansas in the 1980s, Notre Dame in the '90s or South Carolina in the 21st century, Holtz has pulled up programs by the bootstraps to the tune of 243 career wins, eighth on the all-time Division I-A coaches' list.

The burning question heading into 2004 is, does the old coach have another "Holtz" left in him? South Carolina faded badly in 2002, losing its final five games to go 5-7. Last season, it was second verse, same as the first-another 5-7, spiked by a season-ending four-game skid.