While the Wolfpack is off this weekend we will have a time to look around at some other items of interest.
Since NC State will be battling the USC Gamecocks in a coulple of years we thought that it would be relevant to focus on something that came out of Columbia this weekend.
As a part of this…we ask that you start by clicking here to set the stage on some of our thoughts regarding Steve Spurrier and what is developing in Columbia.
On Thursday night, the South Carolina fans applauded their Gamecocks after closely battling #2 ranked Auburn. What ensued after the applause is pretty interesting and sure to spark some debate. Click here for Sports Illustrated’s comments:
“Last night was a game where we had numerous chances to walk off the field a winner,” Spurrier said. “I mean numerous chances.”
Spurrier’s accustomed to winning such games. South Carolina fans aren’t — the Gamecocks have lost 20 in a row to opponents ranked in the top five.
Spurrier understands South Carolina lost to Auburn 48-7 a year ago and how a close loss when a big defeat was expected is enough to encourage applause.
He noticed it a season ago after South Carolina lost to Clemson 13-9 at Williams-Brice and fans cheered the Gamecocks for the effort. “They thought we were going to get clobbered. We didn’t get clobbered so that’s OK,” Spurrier said. “That’s not OK.”
Spurrier says if the Gamecocks are ever going to rise to championship level, they should expect more from themselves than simply staying close to top teams. Spurrier thinks the fans have to expect the same thing.
I’m a Realist had some thoughts on this that reminds me of some of the NC State internet arguments:
If the Evil Genius says it is okay to have expectations for your team instead of just applauding them because they showed up in the correct uniform, then I have absolute vindication. If I criticize the team’s performance, it is only because I have appropriate, championship-level expectations. It doesn’t mean that I love my team any less. I just feel disappointed, which Spurrier has told me is perfectly legitimate. So back off, pansies