As South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier prepare to host #1 Florida on Saturday, this game is a reminder to Gamecock fans of what their coach built at his alma mater and what has not happened in Columbia. USC fans are suffering from a case of "here we go again" as Spurrier's squad looks to be on a late season swoon for the third straight season.
In '07, South Carolina was 6-1 and rated #6 in the nation before losing their last five games. Last year the Gamecocks were 7-3 before getting beat 56-6 by the Gators (Spurrier's worst loss ever), losing to in-state rival Clemson by 17, and not showing up in the 31-10 Bowl loss against Iowa.
USC has suffered two double-digit losses in a row to Tennessee and Arkansas, and they now get to stare at #1 Florida.
In an effort to revive his struggling offense, Spurrier says he will take back over the play-calling duties. The ole Ball Coach also stated in the same press conference that he intends to be in Columbia for the long term, and that he is excited about coaching some of his recent top recruits.
Spurrier's detractors will point to the third straight late-season tank job (and his 18-21 league record at USC) and say it's time for a change. Others believe the SEC legend will build a solid program if given enough time.
One thing is certain: another round of losses to Florida, Clemson and a .500 Bowl team will make for an unhappy offseason in the Palmetto State.
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