Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Can Steve Spurrier Make a Winner Out of South Carolina?

More than three years ago, Steve Spurrier left the University of Florida on a somewhat sour note. Citing that he had done all he could accomplish on the collegiate level and was pretty to venture into the crazy jungle of the National Football League. After two unsuccessful and unceremonious seasons with the Washington Redskins, Spurrier resigned and sat on the shelf for the entire 2004 football season. However, in late 2004, Steve Spurrier re-surfaced on the college football scene when he accepted the head coach position at the University of South Carolina, taking over for Lou Holtz who had spent 11 seasons at Notre Dame prior to his stint with the Gamecocks. While Lou Holtz guided South Carolina to two Outback Bowl victories over Ohio State, Steve Spurrier has the capabilities and track record to take South Carolina to the next level. Spurrier led the University of Florida to six SEC championships and one national championship in his time in Gainesville. While it is foolish to believe Spurrier can turn South Carolina into an immediate SEC power, he can most certainly get the Gamecocks into the top half of the SEC East and a New Year's Day bowl game. Spurrier utilizes talent like no other coach on the collegiate level. He even managed to win at Duke of all places. As Rick Pitino did with his return to college basketball at Louisville, Spurrier can do the same at South Carolina- take a team on the verge to the next level. Thus far, Spurrier has cleaned house in Gamecock Country, elimanating the "bad seeds", including star tailback Demetrius Summers. Buckle your chinstraps, Gamecock fans. Spurrier is going to take this team on a wild ride.


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