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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Spurrier doesn't look like he's having much fun

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Just when you thought Steve Spurrier was starting to have some fun again coaching this South Carolina football team, the Gamecocks go and lay an egg to end the regular season.

They were beaten up and down the field Saturday by Clemson in a 31-14 loss, two weeks removed from their embarrassing 56-6 beating at Florida.

The frustration was etched all over the Head Ball Coach's face Saturday and has been for most of this season. His quarterback, Chris Smelley, threw four interceptions Saturday -- three in the first half.

The Gamecocks' quarterback play has tormented Spurrier all season, and it remains to be seen whether he will ever have complete confidence in redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia, who didn't play at all against Clemson.

Spurrier, 63, has insisted several times this season that he's not ready to punt on his challenge of winning an SEC championship at South Carolina.

But those who know him best also know that he's not wired to lose almost as many games as he wins each year.

And since coming to South Carolina in 2005, Spurrier has lost at least five games all four seasons.

He knew this job would be hard. But not this hard.