For the second straight season, South Carolina will send its seniors out as the winningest class in school history. The Gamecocks have won 40 games in the last four years, making them one of 11 schools in the nation to win 40 or more. Alabama, not surprisingly, leads the way with 46 victories in four years. LSU, with 42 wins, is the only other SEC school ahead of the Gamecocks.
“They have achieved some accomplishments that have never been achieved before,” coach Steve Spurrier said.
To put that number in perspective, the Gamecocks won 41 games in the 1990s, and four of South Carolina’s 32 football coaches won more than 40 games in their career.
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The Gamecocks Senior Night festivities will be brief Saturday. South Carolina has the fewest seniors in the nation this year with five – Connor Shaw, Ronald Patrick, Jimmy Legree, Chaz Sutton and David Wilkins. Junior Jadeveon Clowney also will participate in senior activities, and juniors Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton might.
The SEC calculates its best records for the last five seasons statistic using the 2008 season through current games. By that measure, the Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC with a 53-23 record. Alabama, LSU and Florida are the only conference schools with a better winning percentage during that time.