COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Steve Spurrier era is over for the University of South Carolina football team. The 10-and-a-half seasons under the HBC were certainly the best of times for the USC program.
When Spurrier was hired in November of 2004, he asked the Carolina fan base one simple question: "Why not us?"
South Carolina had been playing football for 112 years before Spurrier arrived on campus. Those pre-HBC years produced just three bowl victories and one 10-win season.
Coach spurrier showed Gamecock Nation they could be successful on the gridiron. He led USC to five bowl wins and three consecutive 11-2 seasons. He also posted a school record five straight wins over arch-rival Clemson.
Spurrier made South Carolina football relevant. While he fell short of his goal of winning the Southeastern Conference Championship, his Gamecocks were capable of beating the nation's best teams. Gamecock fans will forever cherish the memory of South Carolina upsetting top-ranked Alabama in 2010.
Spurrier's confidence and winning ways uplifted the entire University community.
"He gave us our swagger," said University President Harris Pastides.
"When he was hired I told our coaches 'He"ll make us all better,'" said Director of Athletics Ray Tanner.
The wins were not coming as frequently this season and the 70-year-old Spurrier elected to step down. Spurrier leaves USC as the winningest coach in program history. He showed Gamecock fans that yes, it can be us.