USC hoops coach Darrin Horn understands fans are not pleased with the results in his fourth year at the helm of the program. Saturday night Kentucky fans outnumbered the Gamecock faithful in Colonial Life Arena. Earlier this season Ohio State fans did the same thing. The once strong and proud Garnet Army has seen a lot of defections over the course of the past three seasons. Horn wants the fans to know they aren’t the only ones upset with how things are playing out.
AUDIO: Darrin Horn responds to fan apathy
“Rightfully so, fans aren’t going to be happy unless there’s wins,” Horn said Tuesday. “We totally understand that. I think the one thing that I would say is we all want the same thing. I think sometimes, when the record’s not what people want it to be and there’s frustration, there’s like maybe this perception that we’re not frustrated or we don’t want it as bad as they do. And nothing could be further from the truth with that.”
With one more SEC loss the Gamecocks will clinch a third straight losing record in the conference. Horn’s first team won 10 league games, the following year they won six and last year five. This year’s team is 1-7, seemingly on track to continue the downward trend in conference play.
Despite the poor showing in the SEC, Horn still believes his program is moving in the right direction.
“I think a lot of those foundational things are continuing to be laid. I think you look at our freshmen and sophomores, I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ve got high-level SEC-caliber guys that are going to continue to get better and grow. That’s been our focus from day one, and we’re going to continue that process.”
USC plays at Tennessee tonight. The Gamecocks have lost nine straight to the Vols. Their last win against UT was five years ago in Columbia. They have not won in Knoxville since 2002.