Steve Spurrier has accepted South Carolina won't win a Southeastern Conference title this year. He's now focused on making sure the Gamecocks' two-game slide doesn't grow this week against Tennessee.
It's a huge comedown from a couple of weeks ago when anything was possible for undefeated South Carolina, 6-0 and ranked No. 3 after a 35-7 dismantling of Georgia.
But the now-No. 17 Gamecocks (4-2 SEC) wilted in top-10 showdown losses at LSU, 23-21, and at Florida, 44-11.
"Yeah, I guess it was a tough stretch," Spurrier said Tuesday. "But if we were strong enough and tough enough and mentally tough enough, we could have handled it."
Instead, Spurrier got his players chasing other goals like a perfect record at home this season and a second-straight 11-win season, both that can be enhanced Saturday when the Gamecocks take on struggling Tennessee (3-4, 0-4).
"We're trying to reinforce our guys with the positives, and hey, we were a pretty good team two and a half weeks ago, let's ge...