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South Carolina has been knocking on the door of national relevance for years, but Steve Spurrier hasn’t been quite able to get over the last couple of hurdles. Despite a growing talent base in the state, there has been too much competition for the Gamecocks to effectively lock down their backyard and challenge the SEC’s best teams. Time is running out for Spurrier, and this team, despite having plenty of talent, looks again to be just a bit short of matching up to Alabama or LSU.
There’s no discounting what Steve Spurrier has done in his tenure as South Carolina coach. The Gamecocks feel they are knocking on the door of a national title shot, but this is a team that has a few holes in its game still. Quarterback play is always intriguing on a Spurrier-coached team, and South Carolina must rebuild its linebacker corps on defense. Special teams could also improve a bit. Having said that, the front four and secondary should be the best, or close to it, in the SEC East this year, and tough defenses usually equate to a championship run.Continue reading …