If you read the tea leaves and think like I do, Steve Spurrier is on borrowed time at South Carolina. Much has been made of his age. He is quite sensitive to it, as Mark Bradley well knows.
Combined with his age and the downturn of success at South Carolina, I think he only has a a year-maybe two-left there. They have lost to Kentucky back to back seasons, and if Georgia takes care of business Saturday, they should start off 0-2 in SEC play.
The rest of their schedule plays out like this : at Georgia (they should lose); Central Florida (not a gimmie game by any means); LSU (loss); Vanderbilt (Win); at Texas A&M (should lose); at Tennessee (should lose); Florida (toss up); Citadel (Win); Clemson (loss).
South Carolina could very easily have a losing record this season.
I am not going to question Spurrier’s ability to coach. He is best coach in school history at two SEC programs-only Bear Bryant can claim that-and could arguably be considered the best coach in the history of Duke football also. He took South Carolina to unprecedented heights from 2010-2013.
But remember, Spurrier left Florida because they weren’t appreciative anymore.
Even if he does stick around after 2015, I doubt he will be back to Athens in 2017. So Saturday probably marks the last time Spurrier visits Sanford Stadium.
We all know that Steve Spurrier has been a thorn in our side forever. He revels in beating Georgia. He loves it more than golf and Arby’s.
Due to the neutral site Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, Spurrier hasn’t been to Athens too many times.
1995: Famously wanted to hang “half a hundred” for the first time in Sanford Stadium
2005: Second game at South Carolina, lost in a close one 17-15.
2007: Painful game that helped keep Georgia out of the BCS Championship.
2009: Close win for Georgia in an exciting game we had no business winning.
2011: Close loss for Georgia in an exciting game we had no business losing.
2013: Big win for Georgia, 41-30 with a stout goal line stand and a 8 1/2 minute drive to close out the game.
So, for those keeping score at home, Spurrier has been to Athens 6 times. He has a 3-3 record Between the Hedges.
If this is in fact his last visit here, he doesn’t need to have a winning record in Athens. Spurrier is a petty man. He will remember that, and be damn sure he will remind you of his winning record here.
SEC Championship race be damned. Playoff aspirations be damned.
Sometimes, pure hate is the most important motivating factor.
We need to send Coach Spurrier home a loser Between the Hedges.