Yes, it's just the month of May but it's never too early to talk college football, especially for Gamecocks fans, who are still hoping Steve Spurrier can produce an SEC champions.
The 'ol ball coach visited Aiken Tuesday night at the annual gamecock Club spring meeting. Plenty of people there to listen to Spurrier talk about the future of the team. Last year's team had their good moments, such as when they won four games in a row.
But it also had its bad moments, including their blowout losses to Florida and rival Clemson and their bad bowl performance against Iowa in January. But Spurrier is putting the past in the past and instead, is looking forward to this year's team. And just like the Gamecock faithful, he also wants a team that will do some damage in the conference this upcoming season.
"We've got a wonderful bunch of fans here in South Carolina and we're trying our best to get them a big winner someday," said Spurrier. "We've had a little winner but not a big winner and we need a big winner at South Carolina someday for all of us, especially these fans who have paid their dues over the years."
Spurrier not the only Gamecock coach in town though. Basketball coach Darrin Horn also making the short trip down from Columbia. Horn won himself a lot of fans this past season, with the team execeeding expectations and winning 21 games.
And though the team fell short of making it to the Big Dance, they did make the postseason, playing in the NIT. But maybe most importantly, the Gamecock basketball team brought about a new crop of fans with their flash and dash style. And that's not just fun to watch. It's also fun to coach.
"I think it was a lot of fun because for the most part, for year one, we had a lot of guys who gave a lot of effort and bought in pretty quickly and played hard," said Horn. "And I think for me, the response of the fans was just unbelievable."