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For those questioning this staff and our recruiting it is kinda hard to argue with the guy that has led us to the best two years in the history of our program... BTW his best two year run ever as a coach was 1996-1997 when he went 22-3 and won a National Championship at Florida. If we win (or when we win) Tuesday he will be 22-4 the last two years. How many would agree that he probably doesn't need any of us telling him how to do his job...lol
When addressing the media in Tampa SOS said......
“It is not as stressful as some people make it out to be, coaching, when you’ve got a good staff like we have,” he said. “These guys can all go recruit and get players committed. I do my part, but it’s not like I have to go to see 30, 40 recruits, like maybe we used to do in the old days.”
This post was edited by jbkingmancock 16 months ago
That's not going to please the fans who seem to care more about the February recruiting rankings than the results on the field in September through November.
Yeah there will be a few that won't like that but apparently the Truth is keeping them quiet....lol It surprised me that these past two years are right up there with the best two years he ever had as HBC of the Gators... I am just amazed how far we have come from tearing down the goal post after the 0-11 debacle... lol Great time to Be a Gamecock !!!!
Greatest time ever to be a Gamecock.
Still want the SEC. A few more good players could help.
With the efforts of our staff they will finish this recruiting class STRONG and will fill the needs. The SEC Championship will come. SOS is having the time of his life and will get us there. Glass half full mentality.... Go Cocks !!!!
I'm gonna need to see it. Also did he not just confirm he is not and does not work as hard as he used to at recruiting?
ADDICTED TO GLOVE!!!!
There's a dirth of truth these days. People like to accept perception as reality. How dare you throw true facts into the equation.
This post was edited by jayruns 16 months ago
No he never said he doesn't work as hard. And if (with a win Tuesday 22-4 last two years) isn't showing you I don't know what you would cal it. What he is saying is that He loves coaching here. That it isn't as stressful as the media boys make it out to be and because he has surrounded himself with Great coach's and recruiters that can get the players that this staff needs to allow us to compete with any team in the country he doesn't have to do it like he did back in the day. Accept and enjoy the fact that SOS is getting it done his way. Sometimes working SMARTER is Better than working harder.. J/S
22-4 is an awesome stat no doubt but it still isn't good enough to win the SEC.
Maybe if we could get Garcia back at qb?
He came closer than any other qb in carolina history. Did itvwhile having to beat number one ranked bama.
This post was edited by Black Death7 16 months ago
George Strait-Entertainer of a Lifetime
OMG. What a revelation. Please get this to our coaches, but don't let any other staff know. Get good players. Wow. How come no one has ever thought of this before? You are brilliant.
Looks that way to me. Then again, he's going on 68 years old. Perhaps it's unreasonable to expect him to put as much effort in recruiting as a younger man.
Spurrier...I appreciate him plenty
I think so. And if he has a staff of good recruiters working for him, I don't know if it matters. Bottom line, look at the talent we have now, compared to what we used to have.
1) If we had a staff of good recruiters we'd be in good shape
2) A low bar to clear, indeed. What's behind us is not as important as where we are now and whether we can maintain or, even better, improve.
In the old days a mod would have blown this thread up an hour ago
Print out a copy of the current BCS top ten. Also print out a copy of Forbes College Football’s Most Valuable Teams. It looks like no other team in the SEC is getting a better return on the dollar for their top ten ranking than our sorry a$$ old coach. Point is, you can find or assume something critical of any earthly thing or person and that's pretty much your track record with our football team.
And, when it comes to low bars to be cleared, perhaps you should reassess your level of giving instead of waiting on the next thread to pull a Ron.
Even in our best stretch we still finished 5th(or 6th, however you want to see it) in the SEC. That's about where we average in terms of recruiting finishes in the SEC. We have upgraded the talent and the depth, but we need more of the better players if we truly want to win the league, and more. Just look at the numbers. Look at the number of 4 and 5 star players the last 6(and possibly 7) SEC MNC teams. It's loads more than we have.
The biggest step we've taken is that we are beating the teams we should, and are slightly better than splitting the games with the winning teams in the league. In order to take the next step - the things like beating the best the league has to offer on a regular basis, we need to have elite level talent(which we have in some areas) and the rest be very good talent. IOWs - 4 and 5 star type kids dotting the 2 deep. It's why even with backup OLmen, LSU can still beat us, at least IMO.
Whether our head coach is a bargain isn't really relevant. If $3,000,000+ isn't enough to induce him to work harder at recruiting I'd recommend paying him whatever it would take. I'd like to see what would happen.
The recruiting landscape and rules have changed since his earlier coaching years, especially when he was establishing himself as a great coach. During those earlier year, without the internet, cell phones for all recruits, twitter, emails, recruiting services, etc., Spurrier probably had to make more trips and visits to recruits. The assistant coaches, for all programs, were not as well known and effective recruiting. Recruiting networks amongst programs and high schools were not as well established either. Today, assistant coaches handle most of the "legwork" in the field for all of the programs. Heck, video networks like Athlete Vault and 7-on-7 and other camps were not as prevalent, so the HCs had to visit more recruits to actually see them perform and look at their "measurables."
This post was edited by swimcock 16 months ago
We are keeping the 5 star and 4 star recruits in state that use to get away and that is one of the biggest differences as to why we have gotten so much better. We will never be able to go into Ga and Fl and get the best players in large numbers. We can go into NC and get the best players as we did with Bryant. But which 4 or 5 star players are better is all opinion anyway after you get past the elite cream of the crop ala Clowney. But we have enough good players to play with the best in the country. Last time we played number one we beat the crap out of them and that was with Ingram, Richardson and a 5th year Sr QB in McElroy. And we continue to upgrade our talent every single year. Plus one of the biggest things we have going in our favor is we have a GREAT staff that knows how to get the most out of that talent. Keep in mind that only 1 team every year wins the National Championship. Unfair scheduling has got us the last two years but our time is coming. And the main reason I believe that is because we have SOS to get us there and No one in the world wants us to win it more than he does....
There are 6 4/5 star kids in SC this year. We landed 2. Last year there were 6 and we landed 2. The year prior there were 6 and we landed 3. While I agree that we have done better, we still lost the top 2(both guys we went after hard this year) to OOS programs.
There are a tone of 4/5 star kids in GA, FLA and NC. As you pointed out - we've won 30 games in 3 years. Not many programs can sell that. I also get that a lot of programs go into those states and recruit the best players. But, there's no reason we shouldn't be capable of landing 5 star kids from GA or FLA. Especially when our northerly neighbors have shown it's possible.
I'm not saying we should be able to pull multiple 5 star guys every year, but it's strange that it seems we don't even try at times - ala the DE that went on a visit just to see one of our players. It also seems strange that we've only landed a total of 16(that can change with this years class) 4/5 star kids from those 3 states. If you remove NC it's far less. And considering the variance in 4/5 star kids in NC vs GA and FLA(NC has 11 this year, GA - 27 and FLA - 47), that's strange to me. Especially when I realize we rarely ever play in NC.
What we've done has been very good. We've taken a step into the next level in the SEC. However, there's still another level that we can compete with, but competing against LSU and UF vs beating them is the difference in where we are and where we can be. Have we beaten UF 2 of the last 3? Yes. And maybe one year that can be a part of a giant puzzle that falls in our favor. However, consider that Vandy, in recent years, beat us 2 out of 3. They were at the point that they could compete. They hadn't passed us, they weren't on our level, they could compete and the chips fell in their favor. We need more of the better players on our 2 deep to get to the next level. JMO.
You actually would not know how difficult it is to recruit as USC since you have never done it before.
Our staff has done a really good job in state where I would imagine it is a little easier. Not as good out of state, where I would imagine things like tradition etc come into play more.
But, I really don't have a clue either since I have never done it either. But I can look at results and see that our staff is one of the top 10 in America as far as results are concerned.
This post was edited by Lowcountry Cock 16 months ago
You make it sound a lot worse than reality. The fact is the top 6 schools are essentially separated by 1 game.
This post was edited by joetheogre 16 months ago
Yea pretty much, but that's not a secret. We've done fine under the current setup - which is let the assistants recruit and SOS will show up when needed.
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