Re: CAROLINA vs CLEMSON (Five Years Later)
If you attributed our dominance over clemson to 1 factor, I believe it would stem from coaching. We simply have better coaches than they do/did. Spurrier >> Abo. Ellis Johnson and Ward >> Steele and Venables, etc.... We recruited competitively, our classes were ranked lower than the taters, but we beat them and we were ranked higher in the AP and Coaches Polls.
Truthfully, I think that this current dominance was attributed to a variety of factors:
a.) A Fanbase that was f**king tired of losing and willing to put up the $ to change that.
b.) We were funding our Gamecock Club with more $ through the YES program, and we got more $ from our conference than they did. That money is being reinvested in the program with new and upgraded facilities.
c.) We hired great coaches who were solid recruiters, but did a great job of developing talent.
d.) We kept the elite in state talent going to SC (Gilmore, Holloman, Lattimore, Clowney, Roland, etc....)
e.) We play in a conference that has dominated CFB the past decade, a lot of players who want to play against the best competition came here, those guys have winning attitudes.
f.) Our ARP has been really improving, we were 1 of 13 schools recognized for our multi year ARP score.
g.) We are having a lot of players drafted (not so much this year, but only 8 were available, and 7 of the 8 are now signed to deals with NFL teams.)
h.) winning begets winning, we've been consistently winning, that's changing the culture in itself.