From Garnet and Black Attack:
… Steve Spurrier is 21-16 at South Carolina in three seasons…
Yes, the mark is the best for the first three years as Gamecocks head coach since Joe Morrison went 20-14 from 1983-85. (And more consisent; the Man in Black was 5-6, 10-2 and 5-6.) And it marks the first time South Carolina has had three straight winning seasons since a four-year strech from 1987-90 (8-4, 8-4, 6-4-1, 6-5). And Spurrier is so far the first Gamecocks coach with more than one year of service to not have a losing season since Billy Laval (1928-1934) — who actually had a 5-4-2 mark in 1932.
That’s an amazing run of mediocrity. And consider who it’s swallowing. Whatever you think of Spurrier as a person, there’s no denying that he goes down as one of the greatest coaches in SEC history. Yet even someone with his status hasn’t been able to elevate the program. You have to start wondering if the job is bigger than the man. Blowing out the back end of the season, highlighted by a loss to Vandy, after jumping out to that great start with visions of Atlanta dancing in the Gamecocks’ heads certainly contributes to the doubts.
As the wheels came off the wagon down the stretch for the ‘Cocks last year, there’s one moment that I thought captured the state of the program: Cory Boyd on the bench watching the replay of Darren McFadden’s 80 yard TD in the game where USC’s defense was absolutely shredded. Play by play man Mark Jones notes the emotion that so palpably played across Boyd’s face at the moment.
I give Spurrier credit for giving every indication that he intends to battle this out (which is more than he did in Washington), but where do things go if South Carolina doesn’t hit the 10 win mark soon? And if Spurrier can’t get the program there, who can?