Hope springs eternal. It’s the offseason, it’s predictable, but it’s still fun to read.
First, the Tech fan who wants some cheese served with his whine:
Once again there are people (including ESPN bloggers) doubting Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech. What does it take for a coach with an conventional (sic) offense to silence critics for good? Urban Meyer did it with a national championship. Is that what it’s going to take for PJ to do the same?
He is a well-respected coach, but it’s not like they’re coming off a top 10 season. They didn’t finish last season off well. I think they’re a top 25 team, but I think there are 3-4 teams in the league who are more talented/complete.
It’s okay, Richard. At least you’ll have something to chat with Feldman about next year.
Or maybe you can be this dude’s pen pal.
Please answer these questions: Will Steve Spurrier ever win an SEC title with the Gamecocks? If so, is this the year? Assuming that it is, wouldn’t that also put them in the national championship game? And if South Carolina does win, would that make him the greatest college football coach ever?
D.H. in Lawtey, Fla.
Only a legitimate clairvoyant (if such really exists) could know whether South Carolina will win an SEC championship and maybe more under Spurrier. Personally, I have my doubts, but I’ve been around too long to rule anything out.
For example, I never saw it coming when Northwestern won the Big Ten under Gary Barnett. And Wake Forest‘s ACC title blindsided me. Heck, I’ll even admit surprise to Oregon winning the Pac-10 championship last season.But if the Gamecocks did win (and that is a huge “if”) the SEC and maybe more, your question about Spurrier’s place among college football’s greatest coaches is certainly interesting…
Translation: feel free to keep in touch.
6 responses to “It’s delusion that separates man from the lower primates.”
We can appreciate the optimism of Tech and South Carolina fans, having lived through a few lean years, but mocking their hopes is fun to be sure.
If Spurrier leads South Carolina to a national championship, regardless whether it qualifies him as the greatest college football coach ever, it definitely qualifies him as the best ever at making bricks without straw. I’m a big fan of population demographics, and I just don’t see South Carolina doing it.
Nice title! My only question would be: where in the phylogenetic tree does that put pessimists?
I still consider Dye & Spurrier to be the best SEC coaches that Dooley’s Dawgs had a rivalry with.
We were used to Dooley finding a way to beat the Gators.
When Spurrier left Duke for UF, I made a statement in Jax. that upset my Dawg friends. It was: “The gators will win by 3 tds today & we will never beat them again as long as Spurrier is the HC.”. I was wrong, We did win 1 game. Never underestimate Spurrier & his his hatred of the Dawgs (since 1966).
The only way that South Carolina could ever win the SEC (and I personally don’t think it will ever happen) is if the rest of the East sucked and even then, the cocks would have a 2-loss conference record.
So while their dreams of winning the SEC are crazy as it is, taking that a step further and talking about winning a National Championship just flat out qualifies them for an institution.
The only way for the Cocks to win the SEC East this year would be to beat the Dawgs in Columbia so they get the tiebreak advantage. That way when FLA loses to UGA, Bama and LSU, the Gamecocks could win the SEC East with losses to FLA and Bama if UGA lost another SEC game to, say, Auburn. I am not predicting this as I do not believe it will happen. But this would be the only way for them to do it as I see it. Then they would get smashed by Bama in the SECCG.
P.S. This also assumes that the Cocks can win the Auburn game at Auburn.In reality, I see losses for USC at the hands of UGA, Auburn, Bama and Florida and a possible loss to Arkansas.