Spurrier meets with Gamecock Club in Columbia

Even with spring practice coming to an end and with the season a little under 5 months away, there is still plenty of work to do, and head coach Steve Spurrier has already begun his annual tour of Gamecock clubs around the state. Last night, he met with the Richland County Gamecock Club at Seawell's, in the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium.

In looking back over his past five years at USC, as well as this year's upcoming season, Spurrier said the team is still building towards the championship form that he always envisions for his teams.

"We've got a lot of areas we need to get better if we're going to have a very competitive team that has a chance to win a championship," said Spurrier. "And that's what we're trying to, we're trying to win a championship around here."

Of course the lifeblood of any football program is recruiting, and Spurrier updated the people of Richland County with the state of recruiting for the Gamecocks, an area where he says the program is on the upswing.

"We have no excuses, there's no excuses why we can't play big time football here at South Carolina, and that's what we're trying to do," said Spurrier. "I think it was a pretty good recruiting class. (Marcus Lattimore) and Kelcy Quarles were the two players from South Carolina that made Parade All-American, and they're both coming with us, so we're fired up about that."

There certainly was progress made last year, with the program's second ever upset of a top-5 ranked team. Spurrier noted that big wins like that can go along way to raising the profile of your program around the SEC and nationally.

"We've got as good fans as anybody as college football," said Spurrier. "When we beat Ole Miss here this year, (Fox News analyst) Shepard Smith came on tv and said, ‘Williams-Brice Stadium was the loudest (one) I've ever been in, and I've been to every stadium in the SEC.' You all deserve a big winner, and we're going to try to give you a big winner. I really believe we're starting to get that caliber of young man that can get us there."

With all of the improvements to facilities and the program in general, the Head Ball Coach was definitely positive during his address, and seemed genuinely excited about what fans are going to see in the coming years on the gridiron.

The next Gamecock Club meeting featuring Steve Spurrier will take place on April 28th as he speaks with the Sumter Gamecock Club.

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