Steve Spurrier Optimistic

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he has seen enough to give him hope the Gamecocks are ready to compete for the Southeastern Conference title.

Spurrier says the success in his first two years combined with a top ten incoming class and what he has heard about off-season workouts have him hopeful for this season. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Spurrier said he was glad he didn't have to deal with off-season distractions like arrests and academic problems that filled his first two summers as South Carolina's coach.

Most of Spurrier's incoming freshmen class will start summer classes Wednesday and work out with upperclassmen to prepare for the start of fall camp on August fourth. Many experts have said the Gamecocks have one of the top ten freshman classes in the country.

South Carolina opens its season September first against Louisiana-Lafayette before heading to Georgia a week later.