Larrabee hits on the reasons for the turnaround:
In a way, it's not really surprising to say that facilities, recruiting and coaching all played a role in South Carolina's emergence as a power in the SEC East.I think all three are intertwined in a way that it is nearly impossible to not consider those things to be the reasons for turnarounds, but them locking down their own state was a huge deal. Any coach will tell you winning recruiting at home is a big deal. Spurrier and his staff made it a priority.
You could say the same thing about other coaches that have pulled a mid-tenure turnaround. But Larrabee also notes something else about Spurrier: he's been able to let go of the tight control that was hallmark of his run at Florida and listen to other coaches.
That is a take away that is evolving in Athens, I think for the better.