Gamecocks' Spurrier: 'Maybe some of us got a little cocky'
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier acknowledged the unprecedented run of success may have went to the Gamecocks head this past season.
Spurrier said this month the coaches and players might have gotten "too cocky" after finishing No. 4 nationally and thinking another 11-2 season was ahead. Instead, South Carolina struggled defensively and surrendered several fourth-quarter leads in a disappointing 7-6 season.
The coach says the defense was not as strong as it had been with first-round picks like cornerback Stephon Gilmore, lineman Melvin Ingram and end Jadeveon Clowney helping the Gamecocks to a 33-6 mark between 2011 and 2013.
The 69-year-old Spurrier says he and his team will learn from the mistakes and make sure things are tightened up significantly to return to the top in 2015.