The genius of lowered expectations

In light of an impending contract extension for Steve Spurrier, it’s worth noting the lofty goal the OBC has set for himself (h/t Team Speed Kills).

“And if I’m going to be the all-time winning coach here – which I said that was my goal when I was hired – I’ve got to average about eight wins a year instead of seven. We hope to get up to that eight to 10 (wins) range soon.”

Spurrier is 35-27 in five seasons at USC and has had the Gamecocks bowl-eligible every year. Enright is No. 1 on USC’s victories list with 64.

It’s not exactly “win one for the Gipper” territory, is it?

Meanwhile, Mr. Westerdawg may have come up with the cruelest measure of Spurrier’s legacy conceivable:  the Ray Goff yardstick.

Spurrier through his first five seasons in Columbia:

    35-27 overall
    18-22 in the SEC
    10 win seasons 0
    9+ win seasons 0
    1-2 Bowl Record
    0 Top 25 Finishes

Goff through his first five seasons in Athens:

    34-22 overall
    18-19 in the SEC*
    10 win seasons 1
    9+ win seasons 2
    2-1 Bowl Record
    2 Top 25 Finishes

*If you include the ’89 UGA vs. SC game and ‘the 91 Arkansas match-up in the Independence Bowl as SEC games, Ray was 19-20 against current SEC Members…which is a still better.

Ray was mocked mercilessly by Spurrier for his mediocrity. I’d love to see how the ’94 version of Steve Spurrier would react to seeing how pedestrian the ’09 version of himself looks.

Make sure you catch the comments to Paul’s post.  The defense of Spurrier’s record – namely, that more was expected from Goff in Athens than is of Spurrier in Columbia – is priceless.  And sad.

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4 responses to “The genius of lowered expectations

  1. NebraskaDawg

    Don’t forget Spurrier’s co-ACC championship from this year.

  2. heyberto

    “The defense of Spurrier’s record – namely, that more was expected from Goff in Athens than is of Spurrier in Columbia – is priceless.”

    I would say that the poster on PWD’s blog missed the point. We know that Spurrier’s record is great by SC standards.. but the point is that it was not good by his own standards:

    From PWD – “Ray was mocked mercilessly by Spurrier for his mediocrity. I’d love to see how the ‘94 version of Steve Spurrier would react to seeing how pedestrian the ‘09 version of himself looks.”

    Turnabout, after all, is fair play.

  3. Dog in Fla

    One Flew Directly Into the Gamecock’s Nest

    After all of Spurrier’s misdeeds at Florida directed to Georgia and all others, karma catches up with him, as it does with all of them like it did with Lou, after five years in the Coaches Graveyard known as the South Carolina Asylum when, notwithstanding this year’s Co-ACC Championship, next year or the year after or the year after that, eight wins will be enough for a ‘perfect’ season…

  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Spurrier is living in a purgatory of his own making–and deservedly so. “A man has got to know his limitations.” Dirty Harry Callahan, Magnum Force, 1973