There’s no denying Steve Spurrier took South Carolina to another level during his time in Columbia.
Reaching a bowl game in nine of his 10 full seasons and taking the Gamecocks to their first SEC Championship Game were just two of several accomplishments.
On Wednesday, local newspaper The State ranked the 10 best teams in South Carolina history, and one might figure if the best team came from the Spurrier era, it would be during the stretch where the school enjoyed three straight 11-win seasons.
The top spot actually went to the team that directly preceded that incredible run, the 2010 squad that finished 9-5.
Here’s the reasoning behind that choice, as written by David Cloninger:
“Why: For a program that often judged season successes by whether or not they beat Clemson, this team did that, plus beat No. 1 Alabama (remember the phenomenal catch by Alshon Jeffery from Stephen Garcia?) and won the SEC East for the only time. Other teams won more games, but never had those three kudos in a year.”
That’s certainly a good argument. On top of those milestones, the team also took down a ranked Urban Meyer-coached Florida club in The Swamp by three touchdowns and a ranked Georgia team earlier in the season.
The campaign ended with a 56-17 beatdown at the hands of Heisman-winning QB Cam Newton and eventual national champion Auburn in the SEC title game before falling 26-17 to Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Nonetheless, it was only the school’s second 9-win season in 25 years and jumpstarted a terrific run. All of those aforementioned 11-win teams (the only ones in Gamecocks history) were ranked among the top 5, and the 1969 group that won the ACC title was slotted at No. 3.
Let us know what you think about the 2010 Gamecocks being No. 1. If you disagree, which team is most deserving?