South Carolina Football: Steve Spurrier Deserves SEC Coach of the Year Honors

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks is covered in Gatorade after defeating the Clemson Tigers 34-13 at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The headline says it all.

With all due respect to Les Miles, Steve Spurrier deserves to be the SEC Coach of the Year, and possibly the national Coach of the Year. 

I can't even remotely understand why he isn't in the discussion.  It's like he's the forgotten man in this season's successes. 

His resume looks pretty solid for 2011:

  • He led South Carolina to only its second 10-win season with the potential to have 11 wins for the first time.
  • He led the team to a Capitol One Bowl bid, the highest-paying and most prestigious non-BCS bowl game. 
  • He lost his starting quarterback, four running backs (including All-American Marcus Lattimore) and an All-SEC left tackle. 
  • He beat Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson and is now 8-0 against those teams in the past two seasons (which was previously considered an unthinkable task). 
  • His mid-season adjustments involving quarterback Connor Shaw saw the offense change completely.  He saw his strengths and adjusted accordingly, like a master coach. 

These things at a powerhouse school would be more than enough to garner Coach of the Year awards.  However, at a school with such a limited amount of past success, he should be a lock. 

He isn't. 

Les Miles has already won the award, but Spurrier should have been the guy.