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  1. Report: South Carolina to spend Thanksgiving interviewing third head coaching candidate 11/25/2020 The South Carolina Gamecocks are in the midst of a coaching search after firing coach Will Muschamp a couple of weeks ago. According to reports, Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell and Louisiana’s Billy Napier have interviewed for the position, and a third interview is coming tomorrow. Per ESPN’s Chris Low, Oklahoma OC Shane Beamer will spend his Thanksgiving interviewing for the Gamecocks’ job. Beamer was an assistant under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2007 to 2010, so he’s familiar with the area and the program. Oklahoma’s game this week was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. Making things more difficult during this search is that South Carolina president Bob Caslen announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. We’ll see what happens with the search moving forward.
  2. Lincoln Riley talks Shane Beamer 11/24/2020 As the South Carolina Gamecocks head coaching search heats up to replace Will Muschamp, one name that has gained some momentum is Oklahoma Sooners assistant head coach Shane Beamer. The son of long-time head coach Frank Beamer, Shane Beamer previously coached at South Carolina from 2007-2008 as the cornerbacks coach. Beamer has been at Oklahoma since 2018. He also serves as the team’s tight ends coach. During Monday’s Big 12 teleconference, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley was asked if Beamer’s name being floated as a potential candidate for the South Carolina job has been a distraction. “It won’t be a distraction because we’ve got guys in here that are professionals and care about this place, care about this team,” Riley said. “From a professionalism standpoint, I’ve got no concerns about that. I think Shane’s going to be a really good head coach. I do. He’s had great experience being able to work for several different guys and several different programs, different parts of the country and obviously, he’s got very inside knowledge from one of the best to ever do it in his dad, Frank Beamer. Shane’s got a good way about him, does a great job with the kids and has been fantastic. I’ll be excited for him. He’s one of those guys that, I think, certainly will get his opportunity at some point. Obviously, we love having him here and will certainly be excited for him and any of our other coaches when they get that chance to be a head coach, because those just don’t come around very often.” After South Carolina’s 59-42 loss to Ole Miss two weekends ago, the program fired head coach Will Muschamp after four and a half seasons. Muschamp finished his time in Columbia with a 28-30 record. At South Carolina, Beamer coordinated the special teams and coached outside linebackers, and in his final two years served as recruiting coordinator. He was nominated for the 2009 Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the assistant coach of the year. His special teams units recorded five blocked kicks that season, tying for the SEC lead and tying for the eighth-highest total in the nation. He also helped coach a defensive unit that ranked third in the SEC and 15th in the country in total defense, and second in the league and eighth in the country in passing defense. Beamer joined the South Carolina staff in 2007, coaching outside linebackers and serving as special teams co-coordinator in his first season. He worked with the cornerbacks in his second campaign, helping the defense finish the regular season ranked second in the nation in pass defense and 13th in total defense. Beamer’s first class as South Carolina’s recruiting coordinator (2009) was ranked as the nation’s 14th-best by the 247Sports Composite. That class featured fellow star Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery and D.J. Swearinger. A year later the Gamecocks signed Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw.
  3. Report: South Carolina to meet with Beamer, Satterfield for HC vacancy 11/24/2020 South Carolina's search for a new head coach is heating up. The Gamecocks have scheduled in-person interviews with Oklahoma assistant Shane Beamer and Louisville bench boss Scott Satterfield, a source told Josh Kendall of The Athletic. Beamer is in his third season with the Sooners. He appears to have the most momentum for the position, Kendall notes. Beamer's interview is reportedly believed to be scheduled for Friday. (READ MORE)
  4. Luke Doty describes where he developed his high-energy approach, admits sliding is a point of emphasis 11/24/2020 Freshman QB Luke Doty got his first extended action of the season last week in the near-comeback against Missouri, and he’s expected to be in the mix this week. Interim coach Mike Bobo said South Carolina has decided on a quarterback, but will not announce it publicly until Saturday. But Doty met with the media on Tuesday and shared what he’s learned about adjusting to college football, and where his high-energy nature comes from. Doty said sliding was a point of emphasis at Tuesday’s practice since his playing style is to scramble for additional yards. “Protecting your body and making the plays you need to make when you need to make them,” Doty said. “But the main thing is just protecting your body, slide, get out of bounds. But that’s the most important thing.” Teammates have discussed that Doty has brought a lot of energy to practice and games. “I think I’ve always approached the game with that mindset, just to go out there and bring as much energy as I can,” Doty said. “I think it goes back to playing soccer with my dad, when my dad was a coach when I was little. He’s always start practice by just saying, ‘Have fun.’ And I think that’s definitely carried over obviously from high school, from little leagues to where I am now. Just to go out there and bring a lot of energy to the practice field no matter what’s going on, and bring a lot of energy to the game field on Saturdays. I think everybody responds well to that, and it certainly showed today. We had a really good practice and everybody was really juiced up and just ready to work.”
  5. (Coaching search for November 22nd) We spit out some late Saturday information for you. Ray Tanner has wrapped up his first week of the search and we’re told he was able to talk by phone with some of the top candidates he’s considering. He has not yet had any in person meetings with candidates but those are expected to start next week. According to sources, Tanner has had the chance to talk with Oklahoma assistant head coach Shane Beamer, Louisiana head coach Bill Napier, Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Caldwell, Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, Army coach Jeff Monken, and Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. We’re not expecting Monken and Freeze to be major players moving forward. Monken was hired at Army by current USC president Rob Caslen, so it’s reasonable that Tanner would want to satisfy his boss by talking with him. And as we’ve said before about Freeze, some board members want to see him more involved but his past NCAA and off the field issues at Ole Miss remain a non-starter. The other four look like pretty solid candidates at this point. I would imagine the calls this week were get-to-know-you conversations and gave Tanner a chance to get a read on each candidate’s interest. Our sources continue to indicate that Beamer, who is seeking his first head coaching position, is as interested in the Gamecock job as a candidate can be. Having been born in Charleston and having coached for the Gamecocks, Beamer has told people close to him that the USC position is his dream job. From what sources have told us, Beamer remains in strong position for the job, maybe the frontrunner at this point. We’re hearing Napier, who has been mentioned prominently from the start of the search, may not be as strong a candidate as he once was. Earlier this week Vegas listed him as the 3/1 betting favorite. Satterfield, of course, is highly regarded for what he did at Appalachian State and in 2019 at Louisville. His team has struggled this season though it did have a big win over Syracuse Friday night. Caldwell is the wildcard. His team is 8-0 after beating Appalachian State Saturday and likely to climb higher in the polls Sunday. He has been a winner at every stop of his coaching career but his lack of high level FBS coaching experience might work against him. Until Coastal moved up to FBS two years ago, Chadwell had never coached above the FCS level.
  6. Missouri Recap, Javon’s Tweet, Coaching Rumors And More + Vic Hampton 11/23/2020 Chris breaks down South Carolina’s 17-10 loss to the Missouri Tigers including the beginning of a new era, why Luke Doty provides “hope” to the program, a positive culture shining through, biggest takeaways, game balls and more. Plus, Chris dives into Javon Kinlaw’s tweet that took social media by storm, what he’s hearing on the coaching front as the Gamecocks look for their next head and more. Finally, former USC defensive back Vic Hampton joins the show to give his thoughts on the 2020 season, what he wants to see from the next head coach, how to fix culture issues, what things were like in the locker room when he played and much more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts
  7. Me oh my who you think the new coach will be? let's look at some candidates. let's start with Zoom press conference USC AD Ray Tanner held a Zoom press conference with the media Monday morning. The 30 minute session opened with Tanner expressing his appreciation for Will Muschamp and his belief that Muschamp left behind a culture the new coach can build upon. Muschamp appeared emotional at times, especially when describing his conversation with Muschamp in which he delivered him the bad news. Tanner said he is a one man committee but will be working with USC President Bob Caslen and answering to him. His hope is to have a new head coach on board within the month. Tanner said he would like a young, offensive minded coach who can bring energy, enthusiasm and fun into the program, noting that the fun is in the winning. Tanner Sunday promoted offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo to interim head coach and said the former Colorado State head coach could be one he considers for the job. the latest Grope ot the week Three popular names being spitballed are Oklahoma assistant head coach Shane Beamer, Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell and Louisiana head coach Billy Napier. All three have supporters among USC board members. Beamer is a former Gamecock assistant and the son of Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer. He is viewed as a coach who would bring a CEO approach to the job who would hire an excellent staff and allow his to carry their weight. Beamer works for Lincoln Riley, a coach Tanner interviewed in December of 2015. It’s possible, if not likely, that Tanner has talked to Riley a couple of times regarding Beamer. Chadwell is having a career season at Coastal as the Chants are unbeaten and ranked 15th. His read-option offense has been one of the nation’s best. Chadwell also built winning teams at North Greenville and Charleston Southern. Napier is a Furman grad and former Clemson offensive coordinator who is 25-11 in his third season and vying for his third straight Sun Belt West Division title. Let’s spitball the name of North Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Phil Longo. He has the Tar Heels air-raid offense ranked #3 nationally at over 530 yards per game, and he has developed quarterback Sam Howell into one of the best passers in the country. Longo enjoyed the same kind of success in two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ole Miss. He also has two years of head coaching experience at La Salle. At age 52, Longo is not too old in coaching terms, but he might not fit the youthful profile Tanner is seeking. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell sees his name mentioned for a lot of jobs viewed a superior to his current one. That includes USC’s opening. A couple of things to consider here. Campbell signed a contract extension last December supposedly tying him to the school thru the 2025 season. He was scheduled to make 3.7 million dollars this season, but the school is cutting $248,562 from his salary as a pandemic reduction. So, if Campbell is already making 3.7 million at Iowa State, it’s likely he wouldn’t leave for anything less than 4 million per season. Would the Gamecocks go that high? Muschamp was scheduled to make $4.6 million this season before his pandemic reduction. Campbell also had a buyout going into 2020 that would cost him (or a school that hires him) 6 million dollars. He is 31-27 at Iowa State including a 3-9 first season. He was 35-15 in five seasons at Toledo. We’re told AD Ray Tanner would like to hire a younger coach with a strong offensive background, but the door is not closed to any qualified candidate. Our information the past week has been that Liberty coach Hugh Freeze won’t be considered due to his off the field and NCAA issues at Ole Miss. The university has hired a search firm to help with the background checks and other behind the scenes contacts with candidates and agents. AD Ray Tanner has his list of potential candidates including some recommended by a highly regarded NFL head coach. We’re told that some names passed along to Tanner include Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. As for other names to spitball, there’s Jamey Chadwell of Coastal Carolina, Billy Napier of Louisiana, Matt Campbell of Iowa State, Oklahoma assistant head coach and former Gamecock assistant Shane Beamer, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady and Las Vegas Raiders assistant head coach and former Gamecock assistant Rich Bisaccia. How would you feel about Kansas City Chiefs highly regarded offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy being adding to the search list? You should feel pretty good. He’s one of the 20 or so names being studied by Ray Tanner as he continues his search for a new football coach. Bieniemy has been the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs since 2018 and has been mentioned for several NFL and college jobs. We all know how good the Chiefs are on offense. Bieniemy was third in the Heisman voting as a running back at Colorado in 1990 when he rushed for over 1600 yards. Former USC assistant Rich Bisaccia, now the assistant head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders and a veteran of four NFL coaching stops, would love to be considered for the job. He calls the USC job his dream job. He is in his 19th NFL season. He also has coached in college at Clemson, Ole Miss and his alma mater of Wayne State. Louisville coach Scott Satterfield could draw a look as well. He’s 10-11 in his second season with the Cardinals and before that he was 51-24 at Appalachian State. He was to make $3.25 millon this season prior to any Covid-19 reduction. Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott also remains viable at this point. Elliott, as has been his practice, won’t entertain any overtures from other schools until Clemson completes its season at least thru the ACC Championship Game. Thee is at least one member of the USC board, maybe more, who wants Tanner to visit with Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. That is not in the works at this point. Tanner is using an individual from a search firm to help him make contacts with agents and do background checks on candidates. Contact has been made with the agent for Oklahoma assistant head coach Shane Beamer, and agents for other candidates have been contacted as well to gauge interest. Tanner said at his press conference Monday that school president Bob Caslen would be instrumental in working with him on the search. Caslen played a major role in hiring Jeff Monken at Army. The plan is for Caslen to join Tanner for the in-person interviews with candidates when those are scheduled. Tanner also pinpointed the December 16th early signing day as an endpoint for the search. It makes sense to figure he’d really like to have his coach on board at least a week earlier to allow for some staff organization and last minute recruiting. I would think around December 9th or 10th, of possible, Tanner would like to have his man. In closing I have no faith in Tanner making a good hire here. But I Feel this search will be driven more by Caslen. Anyhow that is my prayer. Liberty coach Hugh Freeze or , Billy Napier of Louisiana.
  8. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. New faces for Gamecocks now and how might that change things? March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report There might have been a point this offseason where it couldn’t hurt to hand out nametags to some to the new South Carolina football staffers, considering the volume of departures and arrivals. An offseason of change so far saw 40% of Will Muschamp’s core coaching staff change over, plus the man running his recruiting operation as well as the strength coach. The changes didn’t even wrap up officially until five days before the team hit the field for spring ball. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. Mike Bobo high on RB MarShawn Lloyd ‘has a chance to be a special back’ March 16, 2020, Henry Fusco Bobo would have no problem playing a freshman tailback, and he’ll have the chance to do that with MarShawn Lloyd, a South Carolina early enrollee who was rated as high as a five-star recruit by one service. Bobo said. “Running back is a position that you can tell pretty quick if a guy’s got it and usually you’re not signing a running back to redshirt him. “What your running back should be doing, if they’re not starting at tailback, is they should be starting on special teams.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  11. Football 3/3/2020 VIDEOS: Tuesday Football Media Availability Defensive Coordinator/DBs Coach Travaris Robinson Spoke With Reporters Tuesday Story Links WATCH: TRAVARIS ROBINSON WATCH: SHI SMITH WATCH: DAKEREON JOYNER WATCH: DESHAUN FENWICK Defensive coordinator and DBs coach Travaris Robinson along with Deshaun Fenwick, Shi Smith and Dakereon Joyner spoke with reporters Tuesday after practice. Print Friendly Version
  12. MarShawn Lloyd, a 5-star signee in the 2020 class, starts practicing with the Gamecocks .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%}
  13. He’ll come to USC with blue-chip teammates and offers an option at unusual spot South Carolina coaches probably got to watch plenty of Bradley Dunn’s high school film. When they flipped on game action of Hammond School’s defensive line, with four-star tackle Alex Huntley and five-star end Jordan Burch, Dunn was on there too, often bursting past tackles and wreaking havoc on the other team’s offense. He did admit, having those two teammates helped out a little. “It makes my job a whole lot more easier,” Dunn said. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  14. WATCH HERE LIVE: The signing day press conference With Muschamp Wednesday at 4:30 pm
  15. Gamecocks return experience on the offensive line, but still could see changes February 03, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks offensive line enters an offseason that balances some crucial unknowns with a slew of familiar faces. In one way, the team is returning a massive amount of experience, with only one 2019 starter out of eligibility. From another standpoint, many of those experienced players did have there share of struggles at point or another last season.
  16. What new Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo looks for in a QB recruit January 31, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has some work to do, not as much on the offense-building side of things, but on the recruiting trail. In the two seasons with Dan Werner, the Gamecocks were successful in recruiting QBs to Columbia. He brought in two Elite 11 passers and top-75 national recruits in Ryan Hilinski and Luke Doty. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  17. Shilo Sanders weighs in on his baseball tryout for South Carolina January 26, 2020 He had a tryout this week, after which coach Mark Kingston said Shilo would be focusing on football, Deion took to Twitter to call out Kingston for not giving his son a fair chance. In a since-deleted tweet, Shilo reportedly issued this message about his tryout, or lack thereof (via The State): “Just to clear things up, I was told that after the winter break I would have a tryout so I went home for the holidays and worked by butt off over the entire break,” Shilo Sanders tweeted. “I returned excited to compete and I never even got an opportunity to go on the field, put on a glove, field a ball or run bases. I hit in front of coach Kingston once and he walked into the cages on another occasion when I was hitting getting ready for the tryout. So the only thing I actually did for a tryout I guess ended up being me hitting off a machine and never actually practicing with the team. I don’t know what else I could have done to make the team. I’m not happy how this played out and the lies that were told but life goes on.” This story seems like it isn’t over yet, so we’ll see what happens next with the Sanders family.
  18. Gamecock Athletics Announces "Fan's Choice" Pledge for 2020 Stadium Renovation and first look at the new major changes at WB January 21, 2020 The east side changes will take out some regular seats to create a patio area, while the wedge in the corner will include a set of new loge seating — open-air, suite-like seating areas that fit between four and eight people. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. Gamecocks backfield outlook for 2020 looking good Jan. 18, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The season of transition for the Gamecock backfield starts now. Four of the Gamecocks running backs were seniors, including the top three rushers. Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson and Tavien Feaster. After Lavonte Valentine decided to transfer during the summer "he ended up at USF", that leaves only two scholarship backs set to return for 2020. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  20. Top 5 Question for improvements’ I would like to see answered in 2020 Jan. 17, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Now that the dust has settle down with the transfers and coaching shakeup for the most part over with except for need of a special teams and linebacker coach, who decide to go to Texas. But anyhow, the Gamecocks are moving forward and trying to put the 4-8 campaign from 2019 squarely in the rearview mirror. Some of the issues that lead to the dismal season were on the offense side performance that was caused by its share of injuries causing problems from the line to the backfield itself. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  21. Keir Thomas has one more chance Jan. 16, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Keir Thomas graduated with his guys. The Miami product and South Carolina football defensive lineman came in with the likes of Kobe Smith and D.J. Wonnum. Javon Kinlaw joined that group out of junior college a year later. All three got their bachelor’s degrees together in December. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. Muschamp talking to potential candidates to replace Hutzler Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yesterday South Carolina lost its second staff member to the offseason, Hutzler now is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach job at Texas. With the departure the Head man is already looking at potential candidates. Muschamp didn't specify which coaches he talked to for the open position but said Kyle Krantz, who coached South Carolina’s nickels and SAM linebackers this season, is a candidate to replace him. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  23. VIDEO INCLUDED: Marcus Lattimore passes pantone to another Gamecock great Connor Shaw Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Coach Will Muschamp introduces former Gamecock Great with these words. “So I’d like to introduce somebody who needs absolutely no introduction.” with that said, Connor Shaw was officially back. The former Gamecock quarterback star made his public debut as South Carolina’s new director of player development on Wednesday, replacing another Gamecock great, Muschamp said that Marcus Lattimore, is leaving to study psychology in Europe. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  24. The latest talking conditioning & beyond Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report In the Long Family Football Operations Center, the Gamecocks new strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson has rows upon rows of barbells, dumbbells and weight machines for working out the Gamecocks. But one of the reasons Jackson most impressed coach Will Muschamp during the interview process, and a central part of his training regimen, is much simpler, at least on the surface "sprinting." (VIEW ARTICLE)
  25. 1/13/2020, | GCF Staff Report Connor Shaw Named Director of Player Development One Gamecock Great Replaces Another in Pivotal Staff Role Connor Shaw, University of South Carolina's all-time winningest quarterback, will become the Director of Player Development for the Gamecock football program, coach Will Muschamp announced today. (VIEW ARTICLE)

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