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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says the Gamecocks will need their best effort Saturday against Vanderbilt.
At South Carolina, coach Steve Spurrier knows that Vanderbilt is getting better and better and that the Commodores are anxious to take the next step and beat one or more of the top three teams in the SEC East.
"They think this is the year they're going to beat some of the top teams in the East," Spurrier said Tuesday to myself and others at his weekly press conference. "Hopefully, it's not this week, but they're a good team. We have to play well. Obviously, we have to play better than we did last time out to have a chance against Vandy. Hopefully, we will."
Speaking at his Monday press conference, available on the Vanderbilt athletic department official site, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin spoke of his admiration for Spurrier.
"The first thing is Coach Spurrier," Franklin said. "If you really study Coach Spurrier and his track record, it's really unbelievable, not only what he was able to do at Duke, not only what he was able to do at Florida and not only what he is doing at South Carolina. One of the things that is most impressive about Coach Spurrier is how he has evolved over time. You think about the offense he had at Florida and now what he's doing at South Carolina, it's so much different. He's still finding ways to be successful in the most competitive football conference."