Best / Worst Gamecock team With Steve Spurrier as the Head Coach
What (in your opinion) were the best and worst single seasons since
Steve Spurrier took over the program in 2005 ? .... AND WHY ?
East for me to pick the worst. 2007 started with A LOT of promise as
one of the best seasons ever here. I really thought that would be the
team that would best Morrison's 1984 season, and I thought that would
be our first trip to Atlanta to play for an SEC Title. Even with the loss
to LSU early that year, the team seemed to have all the elements in place
to get stronger as the season progressed (AND DID UP TO A POINT), and
a team that could possibly upset UF to win the East, and go to Atlanta.
SOMETHING happened during the UNC game that year that no on still
understands fully to this day, and it happened just before halftime of that
game. From the second half of the North Carolina contest, and through the
rest of the season, we were fielding a team that didn't want to be on the
field against any opponent. Some of the best football played with Spurrier
as the coach took place in the first 6 games of that year, and by far
(IMO) the worst football we've played to date, was played in the last
six games of that season.
For the best season: I'm going with the 2011 season. So much going
against that team from game one to game 14, it was hard for me to
realize how we won 7 games, let alone 11. Stephen Garcia struggled as
the starter to win games against Navy, Vanderbilt and a below average
UGA team. It came to a head against a very bad Auburn team, and we
walked off the field losers to a team that even in a struggle we were
beating through most of the game, but gave it away in the end.
It brought about a much needed change, that changed to course of this
program drastically for the next 3 years. Connor took over as the starter
on his way to becoming the best QB in this program's history, but he
had to work through the learning curve to get there, in 2011. We lost
our DC at the end of the year, and went into a Bowl game with a strong
Nebraska team without any defensive leadership, and emerged as a much
stronger team because of it. An incident that I think made this team
much stronger the next couple of seasons, up to this day. We overcame
so much that year, to establish a new win record, and end the season
with our best ever season ending ranking, that we've now bettered the
next two seasons. THAT year (2011) was the stepping stone to bigger
and better things for this team, and I really think the best is yet to come.