Nearly each time Spurrier seems ready to turn the corner to success, the Gamecocks lose their way.
– South Carolina was 6-1 and No. 6 in the country in 2007, then closed with five straight defeats.
– A 7-3 mark a year later had the Gamecocks thinking Southeastern Conference title before they lost their last three.
– A 6-2 opening last fall dissolved into a 1-4 finish. The last two crash-landings included demoralizing bowl defeats that left Spurrier wondering about his program’s direction.