BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – While insisting that last year his team was little more than “mediocre,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier told almost 1,000 media members here today that the Gamecocks have a chance to make history this year.
“That’s the fun part,” Spurrier said on the opening day of the SEC’s Media Days. “The fun part is achieving some things that have never happened before. Our fans there at South Carolina have paid their dues over the years because not much has happened in football or really a lot of sports.”
Spurrier tried to temper the talk that his team has already arrived following last year’s SEC East championship.
“You know we lost our last two games last year, so we are not sitting around patting each other on the back too much,” he said.
He acknowledged, though, that his team has the nucleus to have a season like it has never had before. The Gamecocks have not won the overall SEC title and haven’t won more than 10 games in more than 100 years of football.
“Hopefully, we’ll be smart enough to know that it’s not going to be easy,” Spurrier said.
Quarterback Stephen Garcia “has done everything we asked,” Spurrier said, and is on track for full reinstatement to the team.
Spurrier said Garcia, a senior, and sophomore Connor Shaw have been told they will battle it out in August for the starting job.