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  1. New deal lowers buyout for Muschamp that gives RB coach Thomas Brown a raise Dec. 11, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Coach Will Muschamp gave up money to secure a raise for one of his most successful assistants. Whats that mean? It means the Gamecocks coach will forgo raises and his buyout will be cut by several million dollars. Figures released by the school Tuesday, when the board of trustees approved the amendments and Mike Bobo’s contract, gave Brown a raise from $300,000 to $500,000 a year and had his deal extended to through 2021. It also took out Muschamp’s annual $200,000 raise built into his contract. That means his salary will settle at $4.4 million a year. That takes $3 million off the life of the contract. The buyout had been projected to be $15.58 million as of Dec. 1 next year. That sets his new Dec. 1, 2020 buyout at $13.475 million. Now on Brown’s buyout was changed to $100,000 in the first year of the contract, $50,000 in the second. “I appreciate the Board of Trustees giving their support to the contract of new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and the changes to the contracts of Coach Muschamp and Coach Brown,” AD Ray Tanner said in a statement. “I believe strongly in the program that Coach Muschamp is building here. The addition of Coach Bobo, along with our current staff, will help us reach the goals that all Gamecock fans would like to achieve.” Muschamp just finished his fourth season at USC. He’s 26-25 and coming off a 4-8 season. Brown’s raise comes after a season where he gave a boost to South Carolina’s running back room, which saw four of the top five tailbacks average at least 5 yards a carry. He also was key in securing the commitment of four-star tailback recruit MarShawn Lloyd, the top-rated player in South Carolina’s 2020 class.
  2. Bentley tweeted he’ll join the Pac 12 runner up Utah Utes Dec. 09, 2019 South Carolina’s Jake Bentley announced he would leave Columbia as a graduate transfer soon after the regular season ended. Now he’s found his next spot. Bentley tweeted he’ll join the Pac 12 runner up Utah Utes to finish out his college career. The Utes went 11-1 this season and finished out with an upset loss to Oregon in the conference title game.
  3. Football 12/10/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Mike Bobo Named Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Bobo Hired as the Gamecocks’ New Play Caller Mike Bobo has been named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp announced today. Bobo has agreed to a two-year contract, which was approved by the University's Board of Trustees this afternoon. "I'm excited to bring Mike on board," said Coach Muschamp. "He is a proven and respected play-caller and quarterbacks coach, who I have faced many times over the years. Over the last 13 years, his offenses have averaged over 31 points and 424 yards per game while converting over 43 percent on third down. He also has a long relationship with both (running backs coach) Thomas Brown and (wide receivers coach) Bryan McClendon, so it will be a smooth transition for our offensive staff." Bobo just completed his fifth season as the head coach at Colorado State University, where he posted a 28-35 record, including a 20-20 mark in Mountain West Conference games. He guided the Rams to bowl games in each of his first three seasons, making him the lone coach in program history to accomplish that feat, and joined Sonny Lubick as the only two to coach the Rams in multiple bowl games in their careers. Overall, Bobo's teams left their marks on the offensive record book at Colorado State, as his squads own three of the top-six marks for total offense in a season as well as the school record for most yards per game in a season, that coming in 2017 at 492.5 yards per game. His Rams also posted three of the top seven scoring seasons in CSU history and four of the top six marks for passing touchdowns. In 2018 the Rams' 26 touchdowns passes--from two different quarterbacks--ranked fourth in the record books, and CSU ranked 13th among all FBS programs in passing offense (304.9). Despite scoring offense being down and the running game dropping off after the departures of seniors on the offensive line and at running back, Bobo's Rams still managed the 10th-best offensive season in CSU history in 2018, averaging 410.5 yards per game. The 2017 Rams finished the season with a 7-6 record and ranked 11th in all of FBS in total offense (492.5). CSU also ranked second in third-down conversions (50.3%) and eighth in first downs (25.1), also both school records. In 2016, Bobo became the first head coach in CSU history to lead the Rams to a bowl game in each of his first two seasons. In both 2015 and 2016 his Rams steadily improved and finished strong, highlighted by a 7-1 record in November games over his first two seasons, including a 4-1 mark on the road. The 2016 Rams closed the regular season winning four of their last five games, and five of their last seven, to finish the regular season at 7-5 for the second year in a row. The Rams' offense fueled the late-season surge, averaging 47.8 points and 533.8 yards per game over the last six contests, including the bowl game. Those figures ranked second and fourth, respectively, among all FBS programs from Oct. 16 through the remainder of the season. CSU ranked fourth in the nation in red-zone scoring (94.6%), 28th in scoring offense (35.3) and 30th in total offense (462.5). In 2015 Bobo became the only head coach in program history to win seven regular season games in his first season at the helm. Bobo's Rams won four games in a row, and five out of six, to close the 2015 regular season, securing CSU's third consecutive bowl invitation en route to a 7-6 record. CSU's four wins in the season's final month marked the first undefeated November by a Rams team since 1948, and included three road wins. The former Georgia Bulldog came to Fort Collins from his alma mater, where he had been a record-breaking starting quarterback and spent 16 seasons coaching, including the last eight (2007-14) as offensive coordinator. Bobo's 14-year stint at Georgia, where he had starred at quarterback in the late 1990s, began in January 2001 when head coach Mark Richt hired him as quarterbacks coach, for his second stint with the school. He was promoted by Richt to offensive coordinator in 2007. During his time at UGA, Bobo helped lead the Bulldogs to 135 victories, including two Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Eastern Division titles and eight bowl victories. The 2012 Broyles Award finalist held the offensive coordinator spot for 92 games with the Bulldogs, scoring 30-plus points 57 times, 40-plus points 29 times and more than 50 points 13 times. In 2014 Bobo led a Bulldogs offense that averaged 41.3 points per game, which ranked eighth nationally, and racked up 457.8 yards of total offense per game. Against teams ranked in the Top 25, UGA compiled a 3-2 record while scoring 34.4 points per game. Additionally, the 2014 Bulldogs' offense ranked in the top 15 nationally in rushing offense (257.0; 11th FBS), team passing efficiency (156.06; 9th FBS), completion percentage (67.4%; 7th FBS), fewest interceptions (6; 9th FBS), third-down conversion percentage (49.7%; 8th FBS) and fourth-down conversion percentage (80.0%; 3rd FBS). The 537 points scored in 2014 established a Georgia single-season record. The previous single-season record was set in 2012 while Bobo was offensive coordinator. Bobo guided several talented quarterbacks at Georgia, including Aaron Murray, who played from 2010-13. Murray, who was chosen in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, set more than 25 UGA records and four SEC marks. He became the first player in SEC history to have at least 3,000 passing yards in four consecutive seasons. The NFL's No. 1 draft choice in 2009, Matthew Stafford, also blossomed under Bobo's tutelage. The Detroit Lions' starting quarterback was second-team All-SEC and earned All-America recognition in 2008 for Georgia and was MVP of the 2009 Capital One Bowl. In Bobo's time at Georgia he also mentored quarterback David Greene (2001-04), who was the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history at the time (42), wide receiver A.J. Green, running back Todd Gurley and many others. In all, Bobo helped mold four first-round NFL draft choices at Georgia: Stafford (No. 1 in 2009), running back Knowshon Moreno (No. 12 in 2009), Green (No. 4 in 2011) and Gurley (No. 10 in 2015). Prior to joining Richt's staff at Georgia, Bobo served one year as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State, after working as an administrative assistant and graduate assistant from 1998-99 at UGA. Bobo was a quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1994-97, earning four letters, and led the team in passing in 1996 and '97. Among all UGA quarterbacks, Bobo ranks first in single-season completion percentage (65% in '97), single-season passing efficiency rating (155.8 in '97), second in career touchdown passes (38) and third in career pass completions (445), season passing yards (2,751 in '97), career passing yards (6,334) and single-season touchdown passes (19). In his career Bobo threw for 6,334 yards, which is third-most all-time by a Georgia quarterback. Bobo, a native of Thomasville, Ga., was inducted into the Thomasville-Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 10, 2016. He joined his father, George, a long-time successful high school coach in Georgia, who was inducted in 2013. Bobo and his wife, Lainie, have five children, a son Drew; triplets Olivia, Jake and Ava Grace; and Kate. The Bobo File: Born: April 9, 1974 Hometown: Thomasville, Ga. College: Georgia (1998) Wife: Lanie Children: Drew, Olivia, Jake, Ava Grace, Kate Coaching Career: 1998: Georgia (Administration) 1999: Georgia (Graduate Assistant) 2000: Jacksonville State (Quarterbacks) 2001-06: Georgia (Quarterbacks) 2007-14: Georgia (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks) 2015-19: Colorado State (Head Coach)
  4. Mike Bobo the new Offensive Coordinator “Why's and why not’s” Dec. 10, 2019, GCF Staff Report OK Gamecocks fans the Gamecocks have a new offensive coordinator, which will be finalized about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The face It’s an old friend of his and a familiar face for (His Bio Gamecocks fans Mike Bobo.) Fans are on both lines of the hire here. But it’s worth looking at the why's and why not's for him. Let's take a peek, will start with why not's . (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. Mike Bobo the new Offensive Coordinator “Why's and why not’s” Dec. 10, 2019, GCF Staff Report OK Gamecocks fans the Gamecocks have a new offensive coordinator, which will be finalized about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The face It’s an old friend of his and a familiar face for (His Bio Gamecocks fans Mike Bobo.) Fans are on both lines of the hire here. But it’s worth looking at the why's and why not's for him. Let's take a peek, will start with why not's . WHY NOT'S ▪ Bobo's Bulldogs offenses he ruled over at Georgia, had a lot's of talent. And despite that, the group never had that massive breakthrough offensive year of the likes of LSU has had this year or Alabama did when Lane Kiffin arrived. The Gamecocks will not have that level of talent to fall back on. ▪ fond memories’ from UGA fans they did dog Bobo often, with the refrain “run the damn ball, Bobo” getting some traction. The irony is it seems Gamecocks fans worry he’ll run it too much. In either case, when a rival wasn’t happy, that will stick, although many Georgia fans seem interested in him coming back, whatever that tells us. ▪The one that counts to fans. Looking at the head-to-head history against Gamecocks wasn’t all that crack up to be. Let's look, Bobo became OC in 2007. Against the Gamecocks, his offense scored 12, 14, 41, 6, 42, 7, 41 and 35 points. South Carolina went 5-3 in those games, with UGA usually having plenty of talent. ▪ Real-time. His offense was not good in 2018, Granted at that time Bobo was dealing with some very scary health issues, 2019 mix bag here, some good and some bad in 2019. ▪ Bobo team would go with back-to-back power sets and then run the ball. Few things get fans more up and in the air than running from an obvious run look and not having it work (simply put will not work across a whole season) That probably doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme, but in terms of the thing people will be bothered by this will be issue going forward. WHY'S ▪ Bobo has built a range of productive offenses, both at Georgia and at Colorado State. His top-end ones in Athens were really good, while his best at Colorado State were top-15 nationally in yards per play. ▪ He’s a coach who brings a lot of personnel and formational diversity, deploying four-wide looks and sometimes two-back looks for power formation. The creativity on some of last year’s film will be apparent as compared to his early UGA days. ▪ His offenses trend toward balance and that downhill element could be helpful for a Gamecocks running game that had moments but cratered down the stretch this past season. ▪ Bobo and Muschamp will bond on. The power-football element likely meshes well with Will Muschamp, who has ended the past two Septembers talking about needing to be more stubborn running the ball. ▪ Ryan Hilinski factor. His experience developing QBs, whether they were highly-rated recruits or more unheralded players, could be good working with Ryan Hilinski. ▪ He’s reputation as a recruiter, which Gamecocks need munch can’t hurt. It’s not clear if this was on him or his staff, but at Colorado State, they had a good eye for under-the-radar guys who grew into NFL receivers.
  6. School confirms: Mike Bobo will join South Carolina’s coaching staff Dec. 09, 2019, |GCF Staff Report Carolina football now is set with its next offensive coordinator, and it’s one Gamecocks fans have some familiarity with. Carolina will hire Mike Bobo, formerly Colorado State’s head coach and Georgia’s offensive coordinator, on Tuesday when the board of trustees meets to approve his contract. The board agenda lists “Michael Bobo Employment Agreement” as the top item. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. School confirms: Mike Bobo will join South Carolina’s coaching staff Dec. 09, 2019, |GCF Staff Report Carolina football now is set with its next offensive coordinator, and it’s one Gamecocks fans have some familiarity with. Carolina will hire Mike Bobo, formerly Colorado State’s head coach and Georgia’s offensive coordinator, on Tuesday when the board of trustees meets to approve his contract. The board agenda lists “Michael Bobo Employment Agreement” as the top item. The agenda also lists amendments to Muschamp’s contract and the contract of running backs coach Thomas Brown. Bobo will be Muschamp’s third offensive coordinator as he heads into his fifth season in Columbia. Bobo is set to replace Bryan McClendon, whose tenure started well and ended with a disastrous 2019. The Georgia ties: All three men graduated from Georgia. Bobo and Muschamp played together, while McClendon played for and later joined staffs Bobo was on at UGA. This comes not long after McClendon was demoted to wide receiver coach and quarterback coach Dan Werner was pushed off the staff two moves the school has yet to publicly acknowledge. Bobo’s background is in quarterbacks, the position he played in Athens. Muschamp said. “There’s a lot of different areas that are at fault. It needs to get fixed and that’s what I’m going to do.” Bobo went 28-35 at Colorado State, including a 7-17 run the past two seasons. His offense was less an issue than the defense, and his 2016 and 2017 offenses were particularly potent. Bobo also dealt with a health scare in 2018. Before that, Bobo coached at Georgia from 2001-2014. He was quarterbacks coach the first half of that, then became offensive coordinator in 2007. His offenses tended to showcase talented running backs and at times left UGA fans feeling the team didn’t get the most from the talent available. His scheme has evolved the past few years. Bobo coached the likes of Georgia greats Matthew Stafford, Aaron Murray, David Greene, Nick Chubb, Todd Gurley, Isaiah Crowell, A.J. Green and Knowshon Moreno. He also had one year as OC at Jacksonville State and has a reputation as a strong recruiter. As a player, he threw for 6,334 yards, including 2,400 and 2,700 yards his final two years. Muschamp’s deal runs through 2024 and pays him at least $4.6 million each of the next five years. Brown spent 2019 on a one-year, $300,000 deal. Brown was key in securing the team’s top 2020 recruit, running back MarShawn Lloyd, and his position group delivered a mostly solid season despite several injuries.
  8. Three Gamecock defenders earn second-team All-SEC honors Dec. 09, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Three Gamecock football players earned All-SEC honors from the Associated Press on Monday, with senior defensive linemen Javon Kinlaw and D.J. Wonnum and sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu all landing on the second team for the conference awards. Kinlaw, a defensive tackle out of Charleston, exploded up NFL draft boards with a standout senior year. A midseason AP All-American, he recorded 35 tackles with six sacks, a top-10 mark in the SEC, and two fumble recoveries, a team best, while generating consistent pressure in the middle of the line. Wonnum, who played the BUCK position, posted 37 tackles and 4.5 sacks, along with an interception and a forced fumble. The Stone Mountain, Georgia, native has been nominated for the national comeback player of the year award after a junior year derailed by injuries. Both Kinlaw and Wonnum have accepted invitations to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 25. If they are both taken in April’s NFL draft, it would be the first time since 2013 that the Gamecocks have had two defensive players taken in the same year. Mukuamu had 59 stops on the year, third most on the team, as well as four interceptions and nine pass break-ups, both team-highs. Three of those picks came against then-No. 3 Georgia in a 20-17 upset, one of which he returned for his first career touchdown. Along with classmate and fellow defensive back Jaycee Horn, he helped anchor USC’s secondary. Analytics had the Gamecocks’ defensive unit ranked as one of the better groups in the nation, finishing 16th in ESPN’s Football Power Index efficiency rankings and 29th in the SP+ ratings.
  9. Gamecocks getting close to making new offensive coordinator hire official Dec. 09, 2019, | “The State” contributed to this article | GCF Staff Report The Carolina appears to be closer to naming the next offensive coordinator. South Carolina’s board of trustees is expected to meet Tuesday. The agenda will be set Monday. Trustee Egerton Burroughs said the meeting will involve athletics contracts. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. Gamecocks getting close to making new offensive coordinator hire official Dec. 09, 2019, | “The State” contributed to this article | GCF Staff Report The Carolina appears to be closer to naming the next offensive coordinator. South Carolina’s board of trustees is expected to meet Tuesday. The agenda will be set Monday. Trustee Egerton Burroughs said the meeting will involve athletics contracts. Burroughs said “I’m sure Ray Tanner will have some names Tuesday,”. Nothing is official as of now, but the meeting is believed to be related to the Gamecocks open coordinator job. Most feel now at this point that former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is top target of Will Muschamp, and the (Charleston) Post & Courier reported Sunday that Bobo is expected to be the Gamecocks’ choice when the news is made official. The school traditionally calls the quick meetings when hiring new assistant coaches, such as when the team added Thomas Brown and John Scott Jr. a year ago. The Gamecocks offense as a whole stood out as the weak link the stats speak for themselves. Against FBS opponents, the Gamecocks finished the season ranked 122nd in yards per play and 120th in points per game. Former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason linked Bobo publicly to the job on Friday, matching some reporting from recruiting networks during the week. This will be the third hire for the Muschamp era at offensive coordinator, now former McClendon had replaced Kurt Roper following the 2017 season. On Bobo at Colorado State went 28-35 as head coach of the past five years, including a 7-17 run the past two seasons. His offense was less an issue than the defense, and his 2016 and 2017 offenses were particularly potent. Bobo also dealt with a health scare in 2018. Before that, Bobo coached in Georgia from 2001-2014. He was quarterbacks coach the first half of that, then becoming offensive coordinator in 2007. His offenses tended to showcase talented running backs, and at times left UGA fans feeling the team didn’t get the most from the talent available. His scheme has evolved the past few years. He also had one year as OC at Jacksonville State and has a reputation as a strong recruiter.
  11. Football 12/3/2019, | GCF Staff Report Carolina Football Inks Home-and-Home Series with Miami Gamecocks and Hurricanes to Meet in 2026 and 2027 The University of South Carolina and the University of Miami have agreed on a home-and-home football series, the two schools announced today. The Hurricanes will visit Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Sept. 5, 2026, while the Gamecocks will make the return trip to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami for a contest on Sept. 11, 2027. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  12. Colorado State fires Mike Bobo from head coach role Dec. 04, 2019 A coach with potential to be the next Carolina offensive coordinator just came on the market. Colorado State fired head coach Mike Bobo on Wednesday, ending his five-year tenure in Fort Collins. Bobo was a teammate of Will Muschamp’s at Georgia, and he worked for seven years as Georgia’s offensive coordinator. The news was first reported by outlets such as Sports Illustrated, FootballScoop and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. Bobo went 28-35 with the Rams, with a string of bad defenses and an offense that fell off the past two seasons. After seven wins in two seasons, the firing was somewhat expected, though there was a delay of a few days since the Rams ended their season. The Gamecocks currently have an opening at offensive coordinator after demoting Bryan McClendon and firing quarterback coach Dan Werner. Bobo played quarterback at UGA and coached the position for more than a decade with Mark Richt in Athens. Bobo’s style is a little more pro-style than Carolina has been used to, incorporating more two-back and downhill run game into a scheme that still spreads things out. As the team struggled last season, it was still on the low end in how often it ran (45% against FBS), close to South Carolina’s number. His buyout had been listed at more than $5 million. That was negotiated down to $1.82 million, according to college football writer Brett McMurphy. Carolina is in the market for the third offensive coordinator of the Muschamp era, as McClendon had replaced Kurt Roper following the 2017 season. There’s been no timetable reported on when the Gamecocks will make a move to fill the position. Bobo is an interesting option, fitting the mold of a seasoned coach with a style that could mesh well with his coach.
  13. The Gamecock OC search, a name most Gamecocks are familiar with Mike Bobo Dec. 02, 2019 Bryan McClendon, who had never called plays, had a strong first season with one that bottomed out. Based on the situation and the fact coaches often hire someone who contrasts with the coach just dismissed, it’s likely the next hire would be a steady veteran hand. Could it be a up and comer, but it could perhaps be someone with a longer track record. Interesting option might be Mike Bobo. One of the more productive passers in UGA history, Bobo’s career in Athens had two years of overlap with Muschamp on the roster. Bobo had small roles with the Bulldogs program after graduating, spent one year at FCS Jacksonville State and then returned with Mark Richt, coaching quarterbacks for six years and becoming coordinator from 2007-14. His UGA offenses were generally strong, boosted by the high talent level that always seems to flow to Athens. He then moved on to Colorado State, and while the overall success wasn’t there (28-35), the offense was generally productive, usually in the top 30 or 40 in yards per play, twice in the top 15. They got the ball to NFL-level wide receivers they got to a mid-major program and played balanced, maybe even running the ball a tad more than needed. His background in power offenses early in his Georgia tenure might mesh well with Muschamp’s outlook of establishing the run. He ran some higher tempo stuff in Colorado Springs. The productivity has generally been solid, which is better than USC has had since the Spurrier era. With Muschamp, there has often been a push toward up-tempo offense, but some worries when the pass game wasn’t balanced out by a group that could run when it needed to. Muschamp spoke about getting to the run early in each of the past two seasons. Muschamp has some options going forward. He likely has to build around quarterback Ryan Hilinski, an accurate thrower who isn’t much of a runner. His backups are the speedy Dakereon Joyner and a sturdy dual-threat freshman in Luke Doty. Much about the program’s future will rest on who takes over for McClendon. Bobo might not be the answer, but he’s an interesting option, fitting the mold of a seasoned coach with a style that could mesh well with his coach.
  14. McClendon no longer Gamecocks offensive coordinator, Werner off USC staff Dec. 01, 2019 Multiple outlets are reporting McClendon has been stripped of play-calling duties after two seasons. Those same reports have QB coach Dan Werner out after two seasons. A new offensive coordinator will likely have a background in quarterbacks. South Carolina is also moving on from strength coach Jeff Dillman. McClenson’s second offense struggled mightily, ranking outside the top 115 nationally in yards per play and points per game against FBS competition. Muschamp’s job status had also been in question, but a few weeks before the Clemson game saw school president Robert Caslen say he was excited to see Muschamp back in 2020. McClendon’s current contract runs through 2021 at $1 million a year. South Carolina will pay that out each year, minus whatever income he’s paid at his next job. McClendon joined South Carolina’s staff when Muschamp arrived in 2016. He was a wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator with Kurt Roper. He played a role in developing top-40 NFL draft pick Deebo Samuel and recruiting four-star receivers Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith. After Roper was let go following the 2017 regular season, McClendon was elevated amidst reports he was connected to an opening at Tennessee. His first season was a prosperous one for the Gamecocks offense. With Jake Bentley throwing to Samuel, Edwards and Shi Smith, the Gamecocks ranked 22nd in the country in yards per play and averaged more than 30 points per game. At year’s end, he was linked to another coordinator opening at Tennessee along with several other jobs, and got a raise to a $1 million a year and an extension. But between injuries and other factors, this season did not go as many in the program planned. The opener saw one of the worst offensive performances in the past few years. Bentley got hurt that day and was lost for the season, while the offensive line was shaken up after that game. Injuries shelled the offense, especially at the right tackle and the pass catching spots. This leaves Muschamp looking for the fifth offensive coordinator of his head coaching career. He had Charlie Weis, Brent Pease and Roper at Florida, and then Roper again before McClendon.
  15. The Gamecocks will make changes Nov. 30, 2019, | GCF Staff Report It's here the dreaded 4-8 finish most expect the last three weeks. Now it is time for a change, but the question remains how much? Right now what kind of change is unclear? When SEC teams that go 4-8 have to make some kind of shift. Just have to. Especially when that 4-8 team has a roster Will Muschamp himself said was his best since arriving on campus. So now, what might we see? (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. The Gamecocks will make changes Nov. 30, 2019, | GCF Staff Report It's here the dreaded 4-8 finish most expect the last three weeks. Now it is time for a change, but the question remains how much? Right now what kind of change is unclear? When SEC teams that go 4-8 have to make some kind of shift. Just have to. Especially when that 4-8 team has a roster Will Muschamp himself said was his best since arriving on campus. So now, what might we see? South Carolina school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner have said Muschamp will be back. The possible $19 million bill for a contract buyout will almost assuredly not be paid unless something drastically changes. A few other spots where we might see change will or could come: ▪ Offensive coordinator: Most likely change will be OC Bryan McClendon. He is into his second season leading the offense. The result have produced a miserable offensive output, and there’s no way around that. At times there seemed to be some push and pull about establishing the run and how much to throw. In some spots, he might be able to hold on, but with how everything has gone it would be a surprise to not see a shift. ▪ The rest of the staff Normal attrition: Happens to most stable staffs usually have one or two changes. If there’s a change at the top of the offense, quarterback coach Dan Werner could be in flux if a replacement OC is a QB guy. Bobby Bentley’s son might move on, and there’s always some opportunity that comes up. ▪ Training questions injuries: To blame the rash of injuries on the strength and conditioning staff might be oversimplifying. Football is violent. Limbs get damaged. But a coach in a tough spot might well make this kind of change not as much because one can build a direct link to the injury woes across two seasons, but because change often just follows. ▪The Jake Bentley is he or isn’t he: Jake has a chance to come back. He could return, battle Ryan Hilinski, Dakereon Joyner and Luke Doty in 2020. But chances are he moves on as well, either as a grad transfer or to the NFL. He was the barometer for much of the Muschamp era, right up until this year when he struggled in the opening upset and then missed the rest of the season after an injury. ▪ Graduation takes its toll: The seniors departing the Gamecocks have meant a lot to the level of success Carolina had in years 1 and 2, and to a degree in Year 3. Gamecocks will be out a first-round draft pick in Javon Kinlaw, a steady lineman in Donell Stanley, the most productive receiver in school history in Bryan Edwards, its top two rushers in Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster and a good linebacker in T.J. Brunson. In short, a lot of good players will be leaving the building. Gamecock's schedule will be mildly easier. Road trip to LSU replaces the home vs Alabama. The non-conference schedule is lighter across the three non-Clemson games. But it will likely be a put-up-or-shut-up campaign, one where Muschamp will need to at least give the sense of stabilizing. The team he’ll go into the season with? It’s highly unclear what that will look like.
  17. Changes are coming Muschamp makes clear as season comes to a end Nov. 30, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Gamecock coach Will Muschamp will face some difficult choices this offseason. His Gamecocks offense struggled mightily under the guidance of Bryan McClendon in his second season. It was the seventh offense with problems in his eight seasons as a head coach. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  18. Changes are coming Muschamp makes clear as season comes to a end Nov. 30, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Gamecock coach Will Muschamp will face some difficult choices this offseason. His Gamecocks offense struggled mightily under the guidance of Bryan McClendon in his second season. It was the seventh offense with problems in his eight seasons as a head coach. Muschamp sat down at his postgame news conference and promptly said he wouldn’t go into details about the kinds of changes that are coming. Some questions poked around the evaluation and the like, and Muschamp stepped aside from those. Muschamp had the following to say. “We’ve got to make some changes moving forward. I’m not addressing anything as far as that’s concerned. Don’t ask. We need to get better.” He said the evaluation, from staff to players to scheme to anything else, is an ongoing process. The staff will hit the road recruiting Sunday. Muschamp was asked if he expected to make wholesale scheme changes, Muschamp had this to say, it was more about making “tweaks” than anything else. “I look forward to coaching here for a long time and getting this thing turned around,” Muschamp said. Muschamp several times said the Gamecocks need to be more productive. USC was one of the 20 worst teams in the country in points per game and yards per play vs. FBS competition, and that was before putting up three points and 3.3 yards per play against No. 3 Clemson. This came after the 2018 season, when the Gamecocks topped 30 points per game and 400 yards per game. Injuries hammered USC at pretty much every offensive spot, most heavily at wide receiver and costing South Carolina its starting quarterback Jake Bentley.
  19. Gamecock players still stand strongly with Bryan McClendon Nov. 27, 2019 As tough a year as it has been for Gamecock football, it’s been especially tough on the offense this year. There are few ugly stats that do stand out to bear the truth here. The Gamecocks are 118th in yards per play against FBS competition. They’ve had injuries at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line. And when it’s all said and done, that might put second-year coordinator Bryan McClendon’s job in a tenuous spot. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  20. Caslen confirms Muschamp as Gamecocks coach for 2020 Nov. 20, 2019 There will be no change in the head football coaching position at USC for 2020. That’s the statement released Wednesday afternoon by USC president Robert Caslen. After a flurry of interviews with newspapers around the state which led to questions about Muschamp’s status, Caslen took the step Wednesday to squash all of that talk, and to apologize for his confusing statements first to the Greenville News and then the Florence Morning News. Here’s the statement released by USC’s president’s office Wednesday: “Earlier this week, I had a lengthy conversation with reporters and editors from the Florence Morning News about our university and the importance of keeping it affordable and accessible to the people of South Carolina. In the course of that interview, I was asked several questions about the football program, including one about Coach Muschamp that I misinterpreted. I misspoke and the mistake was mine, and I apologize for any confusion my comments have created with Gamecock fans or our program. Our Athletic Director and I support Will Muschamp, and we look forward to him being our coach next year and for seasons to come.” Muschamp is suffering thru his worst season at USC. The Gamecocks are 4-7 and will not go to a bowl game this season. They have their final game at home a week from Saturday against Clemson and figure to be around a 25 point underdog to the Tigers who have won the last five meetings. Muschamp has a 26-24 mark at USC and is 54-45 in his career. Muschamp has a huge buyout at USC and would be owed over 22 million dollars if fired without cause prior to December 30th. The buyout would drop to 18.5 million dollars if fired the next day.
  21. Muschamp defends the future and direction of USC Program Nov. 17, 2019 Coach Will Muschamp admitted that where his team sits is not where it should be. The Gamecocks’ history might not include much contending for SEC titles, but missing bowls is never accepted. Muschamp replied to the facts. “It’s frustrating. It shouldn’t happen, call it like it is at South Carolina. Never would’ve envisioned this. This is where we are right now. We’ve got to continue to play hard, coach hard, and get ready to play Clemson.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. 6 South Carolina 4-7 , 3-5 30 Texas A&M 7-3 , 4-2 Score By Quarters Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F South Carolina 3 0 0 3 6 Texas A&M 3 10 0 17 30 Game Recap: Football | 11/16/2019 | By KRISTIE RIEKEN | AP Sports Writer | USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Mond Leads Aggies to 30-6 Win Over South Carolina BOX SCORE Story Links STATISTICS (PDF) POSTGAME NOTES (PDF) PHOTO GALLERY Next Game: Clemson 11/30/2019 | TBA BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kellen Mond threw for 221 yards and a touchdown and ran for a second score as Texas A&M extended its winning streak to four games with a 30-6 win over South Carolina on Saturday night. Cordarrian Richardson ran for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and added a TD reception to help the Aggies to the victory on a night they piled up 319 yards rushing. With just four wins and one game left the loss guarantees that the Gamecocks (4-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) won't make a bowl game for the first time in four seasons. South Carolina fell to 0-6 all-time against Texas A&M and lost its second straight game this season after falling to Appalachian State last week. The Aggies led by 10 at halftime and neither team could get anything going after the break, combining for six punts in the third quarter. South Carolina went three-and-out twice and the Aggies punted after just three plays once. Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2) was finally able to sustain a drive when it capped a 14-play drive with a 40-yard field goal which extended the lead to 16-3 early in the fourth quarter. The Aggies forced a fourth straight punt by South Carolina after that and Mond made it 22-3 with a 1-yard TD dive with about 10 minutes left. Richardson set up that score when he scampered 31 yards a play earlier. South Carolina went for it on fourth-and-8 on its next drive and couldn't convert. Richardson's long touchdown ran came two plays later to pad the lead. Ryan Hilinski threw for 175 yards for South Carolina in a game where the Aggies held the Gamecocks to just 45 yards rushing. Isaiah Spiller added 129 yards rushing for Texas A&M. The game was tied early in the second quarter after both teams scored a field goal in the first quarter when Mond found Richardson wide open for a 17-yard touchdown reception to give A&M a 10-3 lead. Seth Small missed a 42-yard field goal on Texas A&M's next possession, but made one from 30 yards with less than a minute left in the second quarter to leave the Aggies up 13-3 at halftime. GAME CHANGER Texas A&M made it 10-3 with 11:35 left in the second quarter on a 17-yard pass from Kellen Mond to Cordarrian Richardson, completing an eight-play, 75-yard drive. The Aggies then scored 17 points in the second quarter on its way to the win over the Gamecocks. KEY STAT 260 – The Gamecocks had just 260 yards of offense in the game against the Aggies, completing 15 first downs and converting a pair of field goals on Saturday night. Carolina also had the ball for just 18:21. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will have their second bye week next Saturday and then will return to the gridiron for the regular-season finale against Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff time and television designation are to be determined. Audio Below TE Kyle Markway LB Ernest Jones RB Rico Dowdle & CB Joe Horn
  23. Muschamp promises for the last two games, what you will see Nov. 14, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Muschamp promises more ‘creativity,’ solving predictability. Can he keep the promises? Coach Muschamp made the promise: more creativity. It is a one-word response and hope for reversing what is ailing the most basic part of his offense. He is a coach who believes in establishing the run, and since that hasn’t come to fruition of late; he aims to see some changes. Muschamp said. “Need to be more creative in the running game” Need to look at different personnel groupings, some different formations to get to the same runs that we’ve been very effective with this season.” This doesn’t necessarily mean tweaking the base schemes, but getting to them in different ways with more window dressing and illusion. The coach said that change shouldn’t be too hard, as compared to installing a whole new concept. Muschamp had been delivering earlier, saying the offense needed to pare down and focus on what the team did well. The team had been relying heavily on its pin-and-pull scheme, mixing a couple other looks in, some with Dakereon Joyner at quarterback. One key reason for needing this is to get a level of balance back in the offense. They Gamecocks averaged 0.8 yards per play against App. State and 2.6 in a loss to Tennessee. The Mountaineers stacked the box and blitzed through to disrupt things frequently. But to get that to fully coalesce, they’ll need one other thing to come into place: some kind of downfield passing game. Muschamp said. “You become very predictable, obviously, when you don’t have a vertical threat. Obviously we think Xavier (Legette) as a young player is very promising and he’s got a huge upside and is going to be a really good football player for us, but (he) just hasn’t done it consistently on our level and it certainly limits you as far as some of the run boxes you’re going to face.” Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith, when healthy, provide some of that downfield threat. But Smith has missed the past two games and Edwards hurt his knee in the second quarter against App. State. Muschamp pointed out, with Smith sidelined, Edwards was also the only receiver the team had who could consistently win one-on-one battles in coverage. Without him, the team was often relying on screens or taking chances with a cast of Legette, a pair of former QBs, an inexperienced Chad Terrell and a walk-on in Trey Adkins. The team is already without receiver Josh Vann and tight end Nick Muse. OrTre Smith is likely out this week, while Chavis Dawkins missed most of last week’s game. Edwards admitted there’s some frustration factor, but the team has to fight through. This year, Carolina ranks 109th in yards per play and points per game against FBS competition. Will be very hard to do now with time is running out to solve things, especially against defenses that rank second (Clemson) and 41st (Texas A&M) in yards allowed per play. So with two games left, the Muschamp is promising to tweak, change and adjust in hopes of recapturing some of the modest offensive successes from early in the year. In closing Muschamp said. “Different formations, getting into some different things, to get to some of the runs that have been very efficient. Because you’re not going to create a whole new run game at this point in the season and we’ve been efficient against really good people of running the football at times. And we’ve got to get back to that.”
  24. Really do the Gamecocks actually have a chance to make a bowl? Nov. 15, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Carolina clearly faces very long odds here to make a bowl with a 4-6 record at this time and two very tough games ahead starting with a trip to Texas A&M this week, then No. 3 Clemson At WB to close out the regular season. But let's look and see exactly how small that chance is now? For the answer, it’s worth turning to two of the most used projection systems in the sport. ESPN’s FPI offers percentages for each team in each game, and SP+, a product of former SBNation writer Bill Connelly, gives ratings that can be converted into projected win percentages. Based on those systems, South Carolina’s chance at bowling: FPI: 2% SP+: 4.5% FPI gives USC a 22.1% chance to win this week and an 8.9% against the Tigers two weeks later. SP+ has the percentages at 26.6% and 17%, respectively. Should Carolina miss a bowl, it will only be their third time since Steve Spurrier arrived in 2005. The year prior, the team turned down a bowl spot because of the brawl with Clemson. The other two bowl-less seasons were the 3-9 campaign in 2015 when Spurrier resigned halfway through and 2007, when a team with Kenny McKinley, Jared Cook and Blake Mitchell rose to No. 6 after a 6-1 start and lost the final five games to miss out (there were only 32 bowls at that point, so three 6-6 Power 5 teams were left out). Carolina has lost three times as a favorite this season, dropping games to Appalachian State, North Carolina and Tennessee. They have won as an underdog once, topping No. 3 Georgia on the road in what was likely the biggest upset of the season to this point.
  25. Four-star freshman Gamecock receiver could see action this weekend Gamecock wide receiver Keveon Mullins has been a bit of a mystery for the Gamecocks. He was a four-star recruit out of Memphis, the No. 315 player in his recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 206 pounder looked good through that process. He has yet to play in his first 10 games in garnet and black. That might change this weekend.

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