Spurrier has shown that he can sustain success in Columbia, S.C., even though it took him several years to get there. Since 2011, only Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Mark Richt and LSU's Les Miles have won more conference games.
He's being rewarded handsomely for it. In January, university trustees approved a raise and extension through 2018 that would pay Spurrier $4 million annually.
Spurrier has South Carolina humming along at a high level. Though there are key departures, the belief is that the Gamecocks can fill the voids without much of a drop-off.
That's a feat that's rarely pulled off easily.
If South Carolina can get back to double-digit wins in 2014 and potentially bring home a conference title, it would be a testament to the job Spurrier has done.
At a place where success hasn't always come easy, no less.