Cocky’s Reading Express

As USC’s fine-feathered mascot, Cocky is devoted to making a difference in the Carolina community on and off the field. He and numerous student volunteers from USC have now taken to the South Carolina elementary classrooms to promote literacy. By doing so, Cocky is giving South Carolina elementary school children access to quality books through his literacy program, Cocky’s Reading Express. The collection of literacy materials has recently moved to the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy after the recent milestone achievement of the program giving its 50,000th book! As part of the program, the USC Press intends to start publishing children’s literature for the first time in 2013.

Congratulations on a job well-done to Cocky and the volunteers of Cocky’s Reading Express!

Capital One Mascot Challenge

Vote for Cocky!

On the 10th anniversary of his first victory in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, Cocky is in-it-to-win-it again! After five weeks of nation-wide voting, he has triumphed as the only mascot remaining undefeated, putting him in first place so far in the competition. With your help, he has the chance to dominate once more!

After twelve weeks of voting, the school with the winning mascot will receive a $20,000 scholarship to fund its mascot program, so support Cocky and vote! To place your vote, see the rankings, and watch videos of the mascots, go to

Go Cocky!

Cocky Traditions

What makes Cocky an integral part of USC culture? Is it his ever-present mischief and fun-loving demeanor? Is it his dedicated presence at USC events? Or could it be his niche in USC traditions? USC’s beloved mascot Cocky is a product of school spirit, Gamecock tradition, pride, and a long line of predecessors.

Cocky’s journey as USC’s fine-feathered mascot began with his debut in 1980 as the successor of Big Spur. Since then, Cocky has enjoyed national mascot titles from the Universal Cheerleading Association in 1986 and 1984 as well as winning the Capitol One Mascot Challenge in 2003. Outside of his national success, Cocky is a beloved and treasured member of the University of South Carolina community at home in Columbia.

A vital part of all USC gameday traditions, Cocky performs the lead role in all things school spirit. Cocky’s entrance to “2001: A Space Odyssey” sends chills up the spine, his presence at Tiger Burn (the annual spirit event before the Carolina-Clemson game) is a testament to his dedication to perpetuating the rivalry. His bouncing tail-feathers, smiling eyes, and rooster’s crow from that striking yellow beak is a familiar spectacle to Carolina fans new and old.