Re: As things currently stand, has the SOS era lived up to the hype?
Has it lived up to the INITIAL hype? No, not yet. I think most Gamecock fans envisioned us being at our current point 2 or 3 years into Spurrier's tenure. Obviously, it took much longer to get here. And, equally as obvious, the expectations of the fans were unrealistic. Because of the quick success Holtz experienced, I don't think any fan truly understood the kind of work there was to be done. Thankfully, SOS wasn't out to get some quick short-lived success but set about building the program from the ground up, essentially starting from scratch.
This shouldn't be confused with asking whether Spurrier's tenure has been successful. By any measure, that is an undeniable "absolutely."