Under the generous shade of oak trees in a parking lot across the street from Williams-Brice Stadium last Thursday afternoon, as many as 100 people mingled between a catered buffet and a trailer with an amply loaded bar.

Their host was Joe Rice, a South Carolina graduate (college and law school), a successful Charleston lawyer and a booster who in the last decade has, with his wife, Lisa, donated about $5 million to the Gamecocks athletic program.

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