In 2007 the Gamecocks were 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. For the 2008 season Mike Davis returns at running back to replace the departed Cory Boyd. The quarterback position remains unsettled, and if the offensive line issues of a year ago remain, even the offensive minded Steve Spurrier will have trouble coming up with a way to put points on the board. On the other hand, the Gamecocks should be solid defensively. New defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's first task will be to rebuild a rush defense that ranked last against the run in 2007. The return of linebacker Casper Brinkley from knee surgery should make a big difference. The secondary should be strong with four starters returning. Entering his fourth year as the South Carolina Head Coach, Spurrier is starting to build some depth into his program. Now his teams have to start showing consistency in their play if they ever want to win that elusive SEC Championship.
After staying home for the bowl season, there goals have to start with playing during the holidays. But doesn't that always seem to be the goal of the Gamecocks? Not much as changed.
And not much is going to change in 2008. They'll pull off their occasional upset like they do each year, but when it's all said and done they will be on the outside looking in. Same 'ole Carolina. The place where old coaches go to die.