Spurrier Hesitant about Next Year. At a Gamecock Club meeting in Columbia, Spurrier continued to refuse to call this a break-out year in the making. He did have some positive things to say about Stephon Gilmore, and considering how little praise he's been giving out lately, I can only imagine this means Gilmore is really, really good. He also said Ladi Ajiboye is doing well in classes.
What to make of Spurrier's negativity? Does he really doubt this team's ability or has he learned over the past two years not to count his chickens before they hatch? My guess is that it's the latter. The talent level has improved around here over the past two years and I do think this team has the makings of Spurrier's best during his time at USC, but I've thought that the past two years as well. It's not that I don't think it's true; it's that I think we're still behind Florida, Georgia, Alabama, etc. Spurrier knows that even if we continue to amass good recruiting classes and great coaches, we still have to compete with the SEC's elite. We've been better than the conference's bottom dwellers for some time, and that won't change. But getting past the seven-eight win plateau is not going to be as easy.