SEC Basketball: Time for Darrin Horn To Leave South Carolina

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 20, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 11:  Head coach Darrin Horn of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Darrin Horn came into the SEC from Western Kentucky. The hype surrounding him was unbelievable. In his first year at South Carolina, he rode Devan Downey to a 21-10 record and a NIT berth. Since then the Gamecocks have disappointed.

Downey was back in 2009/2010. The fire wasn't. South Carolina would struggle to a 15-16 record. Year three for Horn was his first without the great Downey. He and the Gamecocks struggled to a 14-16 record. The Gamecocks lost 11 of their last 13 games.

South Carolina started this year with a win. There hasn't been one since. Back to back loses to lesser opponents have fans wanting blood. Horn is a decent coach but he has not found that winning touch.

I can understand losing to ranked teams or tough teams in your conference. The problem for Horn has been ugly loses. Since he has been there, Carolina has lost five games to much lesser opponents.

South Carolina is not a major player in the basketball world. Fans still want a winner. Following after two legends in Dave Odom and Eddie Fogler, Horn has a lot to live up to. Losses to the likes of Elon, Tennessee State, Furman, Wofford and Charleston will not cut it.

Horn needs to change around this season fast. To me it's too late. Entering his fourth season, if he doesn't win it's time to go. With the exposure and money flying around the SEC, teams can get a good coach at any time.

The remaining non-conference games for Carolina are a help. Carolina should go 7-3 the rest of their out of conference schedule. With that 8-5 record heading into SEC play, Horn probably needs 10 wins to have any shot at saving his job.