USC ranked among Top 20 football coaching jobs

GoGamecocks staff reportsMarch 13, 2014 

Steve Spurrier

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina ranks No. 19 in Athlon Magazine’s ranking of college football's coaching jobs for 2014. The magazine staff based its rankings on where they would want to coach if they had a blank slate and all of the jobs were open.

What Athlon said of the Gamecocks:

Pros: South Carolina is home to arguably the most loyal fans in the nation. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Gamecock fans routinely filled 80,000-seat Williams Brice Stadium even though their team averaged only six wins per season. In addition, the facilities are great, and the recruiting base is strong.

Cons: Steve Spurrier has broken through in recent years, but South Carolina football has historically been one of the nation’s most underachieving programs.

Final Verdict: South Carolina has won 18 SEC games in the past three seasons — by far its best stretch since joining the league — but we’re still not ready to put this program on the same level as SEC royalty like Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida.

Read the full Athlon article here

TOP 20

1. Texas
2. Florida
3. Alabama
4. Southern Cal
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma
7. Notre Dame
8. Georgia
9. LSU
10. Michigan
11. Florida State
12. Oregon
13. Texas A&M
14. Penn State
15. Auburn
16. Tennessee
17. Nebraska
18. UCLA
19. South Carolina
20. Clemson

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