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University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has had his share of run-ins with the press, but this week he rewarded a pair of reporters with cash prizes for correctly answering a college football trivia question.

During a press conference to discuss the hiring of new defensive line coach Deke Adams, Spurrier asked the assembled press corps if they could name all four of the Division I-A college football programs which have won eleven games in each of the last two seasons.

Obviously Spurrier’s Gamecocks are in that elite group … but who else?

Well, if you answered Alabama, Oregon and Stanford you’d be correct. In fact two reporters at Spurrier’s press conference were able to correctly recall all four teams, and the 67-year-old coach rewarded each of them with an envelope containing a $100 bill.

Bizarre …

Anyway while we’re on the subject of trivia questions, this website used to harp incessantly about how Spurrier’s teams imploded down the stretch after fast starts. In fact during his first five years at the helm of the USC program, the Gamecocks were a dismal 12-19 in games played after October 15.

Needless to say that’s no longer the case. Over the last three seasons Spurrier’s teams have gone 16-6 in games played after October 15 (including an 11-2 mark over the last two seasons).

That’s clutch. And in addition to being indicative of the talent Spurrier’s staff has been able to assemble, we think it’s also a credit to the Gamecocks’ improved conditioning.

In addition to back-to-back school-record 11-win seasons, Spurrier has also led the Gamecocks to back-to-back Top Ten finishes – yet another first for the USC program.

Can he pull it off again in 2013?

Yes … if Jadeveon Clowney has anything to say about it.

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Pic: Travis Bell, Sideline Carolina