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South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin Have Bet Over Defensive Improvement In 2015

South Carolina and Texas A&M are both coming off of up-and-down seasons, and poor play on defense was a major culprit for both teams. South Carolina finished 91st in the country in scoring defense and 94th in total defense, while the Aggies were 77th and 104th in the two metrics. To remedy the issues, both teams hired new defensive coordinators. The Gamecocks brought in Jon Hoke, Spurrier's former DC at Florida who last coach defensive backs for the Chicago Bears, as co-defensive coordinator along with Lorenzo Ward. A&M poached LSU coordinator John Chavis.

Which defense will improve more? Chavis is the bigger name, but Spurrier believes that the Gamecocks will have the bigger jump on the defensive side of the ball, and put his money where his mouth is. During an interview with ESPN Radio's Russillo Show, he says he bet Kevin Sumlin $10 that South Carolina would improve more. Saturday Down South transcribed the segment:

Spurrier asked: “Can they make that big of a difference? They did at Arkansas. That’s a fact. In fact, Kevin Sumlin, us and them were sort of at the bottom of the SEC in most defensive categories, and I bet him $10 a few minutes ago that our defense would be more improved than his defense.”

Spurrier probably risks more on an average hole of golf, but you can't say he doesn't believe in his team. 

Texas A&M hosts South Carolina on October 31.

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