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Spurrier keeps competitive edge despite setbacks
Spurrier is still chasing the title-winning legacy he established at Florida.
After five seasons at South Carolina, the drought has led to questions of just how long the 65-year-old coach who cherishes winning can bear SEC mediocrity. But his son, Steve Jr., warns not to mistake the sideline grimaces, thrown game notes and disgusted comments for surrender.
“The day he’s not frustrated is the day he’s lost some of his competitive edge,” said Spurrier Jr., South Carolina’s receivers coach.
Steve Spurrier has already achieved several milestones at South Carolina.
He has led the Gamecocks to an unprecedented four bowl trips his first five seasons. His 35 victories are sixth all-time among South Carolina coaches _ and he could rise to third by season’s end with eight wins. But school records aren’t why Spurrier came back to college.
“We need to win big at South Carolina,” Spurrier said.
So far, that hasn’t happened quickly enough to suit Spurrier. He considered packing it in after South Carolina was blasted by Iowa 31-10 at the Outback Bowl two seasons ago. “Who wouldn’t have?” he joked.
He was just as ticked off this past January when the Gamecocks again fell flat in the Papajohns.com Bowl with a 20-7 loss to Connecticut. “Don’t tell us to forget because we’re not going to forget it. We’re going to try our best to not ever have a performance like that again,” he said.
“He knows,” Mangus continued, “that some of the pieces are getting in place.”
Spurrier attracted top talent recently that hadn’t always looked South Carolina’s way. Two years ago, the Gamecocks landed the Palmetto State’s “Mr. Football” in Stephon Gilmore, who passed up Alabama, Florida and Tennessee to sign with Spurrier. This February, South Carolina beat Auburn and others for the country’s top running back prospect in Marcus Lattimore.
Palmer played alongside Doug Johnson, Rex Grossman and Brock Berlin at Florida. “That’s four NFL quarterbacks,” he said. “That’s something they haven’t had at South Carolina.”
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