Nine years ago, the University of South Carolina brought Steve Spurrier into their football program. The athletic department wanted to improve the play of their team, bring in some boosters and challenge the rest of the SEC. Spurrier has certainly done his part to make all of those goals become a reality, and now he explains how it is not about the way a person performs on the field, but rather how they conduct their lives.
His players are a direct reflection of this attitude.
With any team that sees key members of its leadership leave there is the expectation of regression, but the Gamecocks have other plans. Word is, this may be the best team that Spurrier has ever put on the field.
Anytime you lose a guy with the production level and the leadership skills of Marcus Lattimore, there is legitimate reason to worry. Instead, the South Carolina Football program is finding leaders all over the field.
Whether it is in the form of superstar Jadeveon Clowny, or in the junior quarterback Dylan Thompson, players are embracing the concept of owning who they are. It is a simple thought: be the best you that you can be and reap the benefits.
With a team as talented as the Gamecocks, the right leadership can be what gets them over the hump. After all, Spurriers group are one of just four teams that have won 11 games in both of the last two seasons. It does not take much imagination to see them winning it all.