This story was written in the wake of the recent decision of Marshall, who coaches basketball at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, to reconsider accepting a job offer from the College of Charleston.
It's no wonder Gregg Marshall couldn't leave this place for Charleston.
After all, this paradise of the Piedmont is virtually awash in history, culture and interesting attractions - even if most of those things are technically in North Carolina.
Who needs College of Charleston basketball, The Battery or the beach when you have regular access to exciting Catawba Indian bingo and, just 10 short miles outside of town, a county history museum filled with the stuffed carcasses of dozens of animals killed by a Nixon administration official?
Rock Hill, a suburb of Charlotte, is a proud town that warrants no less than six exits off of Interstate 77. In its own honor, the city in the 1990s commissioned four statues called "Civitas" along four corners on Dave Lyle Boulevard to represent various attributes of the town. Civitas, which may be Greek for "Our Golden Lady on the Corner," exalts Rock Hill's lofty goals of being a "functional city."
This brief moment of civic self-congratulation came just years after the town landed its first fine dining establishment, an Applebee's.
In addition to being insulting, Hicks should have based his driveling broadside on a little more knowledge of the community than a quick commute up there for a story, as well as the reasons why Marshall may have chosen to remain at Winthrop. I can understand one being confused or even a bit disgruntled (even though I'm an active CofC alum, I couldn't give a hoot about their athletics program), but this was really too far.
I don't know what the people of Rock Hill did to deserve Hicks' swipe at them. This issue was between Marshall, the College of Charleston, and Winthrop University. Frankly, I was stunned to see that the Post and Courier allowed this arrogant broadside to go forward.
As to what to do in Rock Hill, having lived there, I can assure Mr. Hicks there is plenty to do there. If he would take a minute to check the Rock Hill/York County Visitor's Bureau website, he'll find there's lots to see and do there.
All I can say is that given Hicks' stated attitude towards smaller Southern cities, I hope he never tries to find a job with a small-town newspaper.