After turning the stodgy SEC sideways in the 1990s at Florida, Steve Spurrier is entering his fifth season at South Carolina and still trying to find the magic from those Gainesville glory days. Sporting News’ Matt Hayes recently caught up with Spurrier, who discussed his time in Columbia, S.C., and the coming season.
Q: Do you feel now, after four years, that it might be a lot harder to get South Carolina to the top of the SEC than you first thought?
A: We’ve won 28 games the last four seasons here. That’s the best four-year run in our school’s history. We’ve got some players here now; we feel like we can compete for championships. We all have to do a better job — coaches and players.
Q: What drives you right now?