South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has fond memories of the state of Florida.
At the University of Florida he arguably set the standard in a state that at the time also included coaches like Bobby Bowden.
After a brief NFL stint, Spurrier returned to the college ranks in 2005 with South Carolina and played his first game that year against a Sunshine State team, thumping a UCF program that was then not even a blip on college football's national stage.
Eight years later no one is surprised with what Spurrier has done with the No. 12 Gamecocks (2-1). But a 3-0 start and upset win over Penn State last week puts the Knights in position to garner some of that elusive national attention.
Spurrier recognizes the challenge and he isn't downplaying this road game. He expects to be a hostile environment for the Knights' first sellout since 2011.
''Oh yeah, they know scenario. They know the circumstances that we're in,'' Spurrier said. ''They know it's going to be loud and it's an opportu...