By: Madison Tucker
While the South Carolina Gamecocks take a break to get ready for their bowl game against Michigan, head coach Steve Spurrier received a 2-year contract extension. Coach Spurrier has been with the Gamecocks since the 2005 season and has yet to have a losing campaign. Spurrier has managed to get the Gamecocks to a bowl every season except for 2007.
Coach Spurrier has been successful everywhere he has gone except for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. With South Carolina he has a 65-37 record, which makes him the winningest coach in school history. Spurrier may have made his name coaching his alma mater, Florida, but his legacy is with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Gamecocks’ offensive line coach Shawn Elliott recently turned down the head coach job at Appalachian State. With Elliott’s decision to stay at South Carolina, it gives the offensive line some much-needed stability. Given the setup that Elliott has in Columbia, it would seem irrational for him to coach an FCS-level program. Elliott can now put on his resume “Run Game Coordinator,” and if and when Spurrier decides to step down as head coach for the Gamecocks, Elliott could move into that position.
There are a few things to keep in mind as the South Carolina football season comes to a close. South Carolina is a strong defensive team, and is in the top 20 in rushing yards allowed, pass yards allowed, total yards allowed, and points allowed. South Carolina is also better at forcing turnovers.
Where South Carolina is good defensively they come up a little short on offense. South Carolina features a below-average rushing offense (142 yards per game), while Connor Shaw helps the passing game by averaging 20 pass attempts per game, and a team average of 229 yards per game. Shaw is 15th in the nation in passer efficiency rating.
Then you have Jadeveon Clowney who is only 19 and not even halfway through his sophomore year. Clowney leads his team with 13 sacks and 21.5 TFLs. Clowney has been a big part of why South Carolina has been such a devastating negative play team.
As South Carolina gets the stability it needs from it coaches they gear up to take on Michigan in Florida. No doubt that the whole team has one thing on their minds in the next few weeks – bring home the bowl trophy.