When Steve Spurrier became South Carolina's coach before the 2005 season, media from around the country predicted a tough but successful adventure for the Head Ball Coach. Five seasons later, many are surprised at USC's slow progress.
LEE CORSO, analyst/co-host, ESPN College GameDay
2005: "If anyone can turn that program into a championship program, it's Steve Spurrier. He knows how, he has the system and the personality to take South Carolina to the next level."
2009: "He's doing better than what I thought, by winning big games once in a while (but) that's the depth problem he has, and no one can solve that problem, not even Steve Spurrier."
DAVE NEAL, ESPN/SEC-TV
2005: "I believe there's a deficit of talent at South Carolina right now, but that's not to say in three or four years, (Spurrier) will have a team that could contend for the SEC East title."
2009: "I think the best way to put it is (that) his system will still work if he had the type players he had at Florida. ... I think people expected more, in South Carolina and outside. They should be better than this."
MIKE BIANCHI, columnist, Orlando Sentinel
2005: "He needs his style players, and good players. But he's going to get good quarterbacks, good receivers. Any receiver or quarterback will want to come play for the guy."
2009: "Everyone says Spurrier doesn't have the talent at USC, which is true to an extent, but ... he is the type coach who could take talent not as good, and make them stars ... I'm flabbergasted his offense isn't doing anything."
TONY BARNHART, columnist/SEC reporter, AJC.com and CBS
2005: "I think Steve Spurrier has the ability and drive to make South Carolina a consistent winner. ... You don't make a lot of money betting against Steve Spurrier."
2009: "I thought they've had (at least) one season where they put themselves in November in contention in the SEC East race. ... You look back, his biggest wins came in 2005. ... The last couple of games have been ugly to watch."