After the University of South Carolina sent truckloads of donations to Louisiana flooding victims this week and the marching band honored Louisiana State University by playing the Tigers’ alma mater, both schools are showing a lot of love to each other on social media.
“Thank You so much USC. I just came in from the heat cleaning out my flooded possessions and saw this,” Facebook user Rebecca Bankston Willoughby commented on the video posted Saturday by USC of the Gamecocks marching band. “It brought me to tears. Thank You so very much!”
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The two universities and their respective states have become bound by the pain of disaster and the joy of generosity coming from both sides in the past year.
USC’s response to the devastating Louisiana floods has been a gesture of reciprocity after LSU and its home state showed extravagant kindness to Columbia after the city’s historic flooding last October.
In addition to donating to South Carolina flood victims, Baton Rouge hosted the LSU-USC football game that had been scheduled to be played at Williams-Brice Stadium, and its marching band played South Carolina’s fight song and alma mater when the Gamecocks band couldn’t travel to the game.
“The fight is brutal on the field, but OFF the field, we’re family! Thank y’all so much, Gamecocks, we look forward to hosting y’all again and showing our gratitude! #SECStrong,” Facebook user Pamela Sandoz commented on USC’s video post. Sandoz also promised that LSU fans would “feed y’all” when the Gamecocks come to town.
Sandoz was one of hundreds who responded with thanks on Facebook to the tribute video. More than 7,000 people had shared the marching band video by Saturday afternoon.
“I hadn’t cried yet..... But THIS... This got me all teary eyed. From a soggy St. Amant, LA.... THANK YOU South Carolina!!!!!!!!!!” Angelle Guillot commented on USC’s Facebook page.“Y’all have been amazing and this LSU Alumni/Employee loves you!”
Lana Sonnier Venable wrote that Gamecock Nation will “always have a home away from home in Louisiana.”
Another Louisiana Facebook user, Wendy Caldwell Landry, commented on the video: “I sit here in tears and say thank you USC and the Gamecock Nation. We appreciate the love and support you have sent our way. This is what makes the SEC the greatest conference. Rivalries don’t matter in times of tragedy and crisis. We southerners stick together. Much love and respect and gratitude from Livingston Parish, Louisiana and a proud LSU Alumni. You did our alma mater proud!”