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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. Report: South Carolina has interviewed 2nd candidate for head coaching job 11/25/2020 South Carolina has reportedly interviewed its second candidate for the head coaching job. SportsTalk South Carolina reported via Twitter that Louisiana head coach Billy Napier is the second candidate to be interviewed. “Per a source, Gamecocks have interviewed Louisiana coach Billy Napier,” the tweet reads. “The source said the interview was conducted via Zoom as Napier is dealing with Covid after testing positive.” SportsTalk also acknowledged a report from The Athletic that Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell was the first candidate interviewed. Napier has long been rumored to be a top candidate for the job for multiple reasons. The 41-year old has numerous ties to the Palmetto State as a former Furman quarterback a coach at Clemson and South Carolina State. After playing for Furman from 1999-2002, Napier became a Clemson grad assistant in 2003, a position he also held for the 2004 season. He left Clemson for one season to be South Carolina State’s quarterbacks coach in 2005. Napier returned to Clemson in 2006 as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, positions he held until Tommy Bowden’s resignation in 2008. When Dabo Swinney took over as interim head coach, Napier was named quarterbacks coach and assisted Swinney with play-calling duties. Napier was then Swinney’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2009 and ’10 seasons. Napier also has SEC experience as an assistant coach. He was fired as Clemson’s offensive coordinator after the 2010 season and was one of the first coaches to land at Alabama in an analyst role. After being an Alabama analyst in 2011, Napier followed Jim McElwain to Colorado State as assistant head coach and QB coach in 2012. He returned to Alabama in 2013, joining Saban’s staff as wide receivers coach, a position he held through 2016. Napier was Arizona State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017 before taking the Louisiana head coaching job. At Louisiana, he is 25-11, leading the Ragin Cajuns to back-to-back bowl games. Louisiana is currently 7-1 on the season.
  3. Georgia vs South Carolina prediction and game preview 11/24/2020 / from CFN Georgia vs South Carolina Broadcast Date: Saturday, November 28 Game Time: 7:30 ET Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC Network: SEC Network Georgia (5-2) vs South Carolina (2-6) Game Preview Why Georgia Will Win And now the Bulldogs have a quarterback. Stetson Bennett wasn’t bad, and D’Wan Mathis had a few decent moments, but there’s a reason JT Daniels was JT Five-Star going to USC. He was also a high school senior when he started for the Trojans – it was always going to take some time for him to grow and mature into the job. It’s not exactly time to assume Daniels is going to win a Heisman after just one game, but 28-of-38, 401 yards, four touchdown passes, no interceptions, and a downfield passing game against Mississippi State that’s been painfully missing from the Georgia offense for years. You think that’s an overstatement? Daniels averaged 10.6 yards per attempt last week – the offense failed to hit ten yards per try all year, and went 17 straight games as a program without getting there. Georgia only averaged over ten yards per pass twice last season – against Murray State and Arkansas State, not Mississippi State. South Carolina is allowing nine yards per throw and gives up 278 passing yards per game. Why South Carolina Will Win Uhhhhh, Georgia running game? Yeah, Daniels was fantastic, and there was no reason to go away from him and the passing game, but the running game went nowhere against Miss State with just eight yards on 23 carries. Three MSU sacks and 11 tackles for loss had something to do with that. South Carolina isn’t generating a whole lot of pass rush, but the run defense wasn’t bad against Missouri, Kevin Harris is a nice running back to work around, and Georgia’s defense doesn’t do a whole lot to get into the backfield. The Gamecocks have to hold up on the lines, and they need a few breaks, and …. What’s Going To Happen Israel Mukuamu isn’t around anymore after opting out. The former star defensive back single-handedly screwed up Georgia last year with three interceptions including a pick-six in South Carolina’s 20-17 win. This isn’t a Gamecock team, though, that’s catching – or forcing – a lot of positive breaks. The Georgia defense will hold down a USC offense that scored ten points against Missouri last week and three a few weeks earlier against Texas A&M, and Daniels will have another strong day. Georgia vs South Carolina Prediction, Line Georgia 38, South Carolina 13 Bet on Georgia vs South Carolina with BetMGM Georgia -21.5, o/u: 49.5 ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
  4. (Coaching search updates for November 25th) Looks like the spitball for Louisville coach Scott Satterfield can be scraped off the wall and tossed into the garbage. Apparently responding to a report by Josh Kendall in The Athletic Tuesday night that he would be interviewed by the Gamecocks after Thanksgiving, Satterfield issued a statement that seems to indicate he is staying put with the Cardinals. Satterfield put his message out on his Twitter: Kendall also reported the Gamecocks had interviewed Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell. Kendall did not cite a specific date for the interview. Reached by text for confirmation Tuesday night, Chadwell replied as if he were being asked if he interviewed on Tuesday. “Lol I have been at practice and we are watching video right now. Not true. I was here all day.” Asked if he had interviewed any other day over the last week with the Gamecocks, Chadwell did not respond. Coastal AD Matt Hogue said he had not been contacted by USC regarding permission to talk with his coach, but that practice is rarely, if ever, followed these days. Kendall also reported Oklahoma coach Shane Beamer will interview after Thanksgiving, something that has been expected since the beginning of the search. We would also expect Louisiana coach Billy Napier to have an in person interview once he’s recovered from his bout with Covid. Army coach Jeff Monken, who was hired by Caslen at West Point, and Liberty coach Hugh Freeze are two others who could be in line for interviews. A source tells us Las Vegas Raiders assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia has had conversations with people around the program about the job, but not with the decision makers at this point. The source said Bisaccia craves the USC job and feels like he would strong impress Ray Tanner and Bob Caslen if he could get his plan in front of them.
  5. 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. Satterfield is in his second campaign with the Cardinals. He posted a 51-24 record at Appalachian State from 2014-18 and is 11-11 at Louisville since 2019. South Carolina has already met face-to-face with Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell, according to Kendall. Chadwell's Chanticleers are 8-0 this season and rank No. 20 on the latest CFP Top 25. Army's Jeff Monken, Louisiana-Lafayette's Billy Napier, and Liberty's Hugh Freeze have all spoken with Gamecocks officials on the phone, though it's reportedly unclear if any of them will have an in-person interview. Last week, Freeze said he "won't even entertain" potential job offers with the Flames off to an 8-1 start. The Gamecocks, who became the first Power 5 school to part ways with its head coach this season after firing Will Muschamp, are expected to name their new bench boss before the beginning of the early signing period Dec. 16. South Carolina suffered a 17-10 loss to Missouri last week in its first game without Muschamp. The 2-6 Gamecocks are currently on a four-game skid.
  6. 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.”
  7. Bobo knows his starting QB for Saturday, won’t say 11/24/2020 USC closes out the home schedule Saturday night against Georgia. The Bulldogs have gone to a new quarterback in JT Daniels who passed for over 400 yards in the win over Mississippi State last Saturday. The Gamecocks went to a new quarterback in the second half of last Saturday’s loss to Missouri in Luke Doty, and he led the team to its 10 points. Will it be Doty or Collin Hill starting at quarterback against the Bulldogs? At hs press conference Tuesday, Mike Bobo said he knows who he plans to start but does not plan to reveal that to the public until Saturday. On the injury front, Bobo said receiver Shi Smith, who is in concussion protocol, is doubtful for Saturday, and they are down 16 scholarship players on the defensive side. (VIEW ARTICLE/VIDEOS)
  8. Bobo knows his starting QB for Saturday, won’t say 11/24/2020 USC closes out the home schedule Saturday night against Georgia. The Bulldogs have gone to a new quarterback in JT Daniels who passed for over 400 yards in the win over Mississippi State last Saturday. The Gamecocks went to a new quarterback in the second half of last Saturday’s loss to Missouri in Luke Doty, and he led the team to its 10 points. Will it be Doty or Collin Hill starting at quarterback against the Bulldogs? At hs press conference Tuesday, Mike Bobo said he knows who he plans to start but does not plan to reveal that to the public until Saturday. On the injury front, Bobo said receiver Shi Smith, who is in concussion protocol, is doubtful for Saturday, and they are down 16 scholarship players on the defensive side. More key comments from Bobo: Daniels gives Georgia another threat on offense with his passing ability, defense is outstanding, a big challenge for them. There’s more excitement in the air for him for this game due to his ties to Georgia, and remembers when he played and coached at Georgia, Columbia was a tough place to play, though they won’t have 80-thousand this week Got to get ready for what Georgia did last week with Daniels at quarterback, always have to be ready for Georgia to run the ball, doesn’t expect them to throw it as much as last week. Impressed with how Dody has handled things, has always been about the team and how he’s given of himself, his teammates appreciate that. Has not talked to Ray Tanner about the head coaching job at this point, said he’s only focused on getting the team ready for the Georgia game. Dakereon Joyner did practice this morning and he looked good, he’s questionable to probable. Xavier Leggette is out, Hemingway, Burch, Thomas, Foster are all questionable. Now that he’s back in the South for the first time in five years, he’ll have sweet tea on Thanksgiving. He also loves fried turkey.
  9. (Latest on the coaching search for November 23rd) A name early in the process was that of former USC assistant coach and current Las Vegas Raiders assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia. A source told us Monday to keep an eye on the Bisaccia candidacy this week. Bisaccia has long wanted the job at USC and has inquired about it during previous searches, but without much traction. This time we are told it could be different, and the interviews this week will go a long way in determining that. Bisaccia seems to be one who has caught the attention of USC president Rob Caslen, who is working with AD Ray Tanner but who will be making the actual call on the new coach. Bisaccia turned 60 last summer. He has been in the NFL since 2002 and has been the assistant head coach for Tampa Bay, San Diego, Dallas and Oakland/Las Vegas. He has specialized in running backs and special teams throughout his career. His time at USC dates back to when he was a graduate assistant for Joe Morrison in 1988. He stayed on with Sparky Woods thru the 1993 season and during his time he coached tight ends, wide receivers, defensive ends and running backs. He coached running backs and coordinated special teams at Clemson from 1994-1998, then spent three seasons at Ole Miss before moving to the NFL. According to a source, Bisaccia would be able to start at USC as soon as they wanted him too if he is offered the job. Bisaccia owns property in the Columbia area. While Tanner has talked to multiple candidates by phone (see the November 22nd spit-blog)), there has not yet been a formal interview conducted with any of the candidates. Those are expected to take place this week. And who might those interviews involve? Based on information from sources over the last eight days, the list of potential interview targets at this point would include Bisaccia, Shane Beamer, Jeff Monken, Billy Napier, Jamey Chadwell and Hugh Freeze. Some of those names could be scratched and others could be added as the week progresses.
  10. Sunday conference call: Mike Bobo recap Gamecocks (AUDIO) 11/23/2020 The losing streak for the USC football team grew to four with Saturday night’s loss to Missouri and the Gamecocks are 16 point underdogs to 14th ranked Georgia to lose a fifth straight game this Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. On his Sunday night conference call, interim-coach Mike Bobo said receiver Shi Smith is in concussion protocol after taking a hard hit early in the Missouri game. Bobo also said WR Dakereon Joyner is questionable for this week, receiver Xavier Legette is likely out for the rest of the season, and DT Keir Thomas is questionable with a soft tissue issue. Listen: Mike Bobo
  11. Freshman QB Luke Doty’s shines in his debut as Gamecocks fall to Missouri November 21,2020 Too little Luke, too little time. South Carolina made a long-awaited quarterback change on Saturday, but the emergence of freshman Luke Doty fell just short of lifting the Gamecocks past Missouri. USC lost, 17-10, after trailing 17-0 at halftime, a second-half comeback denied when Doty was intercepted by Devin Nicholson with just under a minute to play. The Tigers (3-3) rolled to their lead against a Gamecocks squad that couldn’t move the ball or stop Missouri from doing the same, and while Doty replaced struggling starter Collin Hill to start the second half, he couldn’t patch all of the many holes in USC’s ragged roster. “It’s a bottom-line business and we didn’t get the W tonight,” interim head coach Mike Bobo said. “I want to say one thing — I’m proud of that team out there tonight. There was no quit.” Doty completed 14 of 23 passes for 130 yards and an interception, while leading the team with 59 rushing yards on 11 carries. Under his direction, the Gamecocks had 215 yards of offense after a mere 68 in the first. Bobo dropped his first game in relief of the fired Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks (2-6) dropped their last chance at a .500 season. USC wasn’t expected to win, especially after losing ace receiver Shi Smith to injury less than three minutes into the game, and while Doty moved the ball, he couldn’t get the Gamecocks in position for enough points. Smith was alert in the locker room after the game, Bobo said, but it was too soon to tell what his prognosis is for next week. As for Doty potentially starting next week, Bobo said he’d have to evaluate his performance Saturday and looking at the next defense, but Doty certainly didn’t hurt his chances. It wound up being another question for Bobo to consider as he prepares for his likely final two games as USC’s head coach. Go back to Hill, who he stuck with despite having no ability to escape a blitz and consistently over- or under-throwing his receivers? Or get behind Doty, who did well but also spawned the question, “If that’s what he could do, why didn’t he play sooner?” What went right There were hardly any growing pains for Doty, who ran out of blitzes, completed most of his passes and generally gave a reason to hope. He also won hearts by absorbing several hard hits and popping back up. The defense had a severe adjustment in the second half, keeping Missouri off the scoreboard. The Tigers punted on every second-half possession until the final interception. The crowd showed up, and didn’t boo, except when the scoreboard listed Gamecocks in the NFL and many voiced their displeasure at certain players who criticized USC’s fan base this week. Mitch Jeter blasted the opening kickoff of the second half through the end zone. Touchbacks have been a problem for the freshman this year. What went wrong Once Smith went down, the Gamecocks’ offense went with him. The Tigers loaded the box and waited for Harris to come to them, and mixed blitzes in on Hill. Harris, who came into the game with an outside shot of breaking 1,000 rushing yards for the season, mustered 58. As he’s been all season, Hill was knocked out of rhythm by the pressure and when he did avoid it, his other enemy showed up. He was 6 of 10 for 39 yards. USC had two more crucial dropped passes.
  12. This much is clear: Muschamp will get the time he needs to build up Gamecocks December 02, 2018 THE STATE Will Muschamp finished off his third regular season at South Carolina on Saturday. He’s going to finish off a lot more before he leaves Columbia. Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner reflected on Muschamp’s first three seasons Saturday evening as he left Williams-Brice Stadium following South Carolina’s 28-3 win over Akron. “I really respect and admire the way that coach Muschamp runs his program,” Tanner said. “We are doing very well in football.” So well, that Tanner did not rule out giving Muschamp a raise and/or contract extension for the second consecutive offseason. In fact, he hinted that he would do just that. “I’m a fan of Will Muschamp and how he runs his program,” Tanner said when asked about an extension. “I don’t ever want to be in a situation where I worry about him leaving.” Asked if that meant a change to Muschamp’s deal before the 2019 season, Tanner said again: “I don’t want to be in a situation where I worry about him leaving. I’ll just leave it at that.” Muschamp already is the 21st-highest paid coach in the country, earning $4.2 million this season. This season was the first year of a six-year agreement that will increase annually through 2023, topping out at $5.2 million in that season. “The culture is tremendous,” Tanner said. “They work extremely hard in practice. His players respect him. Football is a tough sport. To flip the switch and be at the top, of all the sports you coach, it takes time in football to get your program exactly where you want it, and then to sustain it is difficult.” Muschamp improved to 22-16 at South Carolina by beating the Zips. It makes him the winningest coach in school history through the first three seasons. His hiring wasn’t resoundingly embraced in 2015, when he was just one year removed from being fired at Florida after four seasons and a 28-21 record, but he has moved the program forward, sometimes in fits and starts, since that time. “We’re in a much better place (than the program was three years ago),” Muschamp said Saturday. “I said before the season started that we have a much better football team entering year three whether or not we have a better record than we have a year ago, we have a better football team. We have a stronger foundation. We have a bunch of really good young players.” The Gamecocks were 3-9 the season before Muschamp took over. “There has been a culture change,” junior linebacker T.J. Brunson said. “We haven’t gotten to where we want to be yet, but it’s coming. I feel like everyone understands that.” There are some significant hurdles still to be crossed, clearly. South Carolina is 0-6 against Clemson and Georgia under Muschamp and those two programs don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Gamecocks are 1-11 against ranked teams under Muschamp, and they have yet to come close to either of their two annual goals — winning the SEC East and beating the Tigers. So what makes Muschamp, as he said Saturday night, “excited about where we are and where we’re headed”? “Overall depth on your roster of what it’s going to take to win a championship, which I have done in this league multiple times,” he said. “We understand where we are and where we need to go. There is nobody more impatient than me in that process.” The road ahead will take some patience, though. “We’re not close at 7-5 and you are what your record is,” Muschamp acknowledged. South Carolina and Tanner are going to give him the time he needs. That was clear Saturday night.
  13. Whether it's at tight end or at linebacker, South Carolina appears to be getting a potential difference-maker with Eric Shaw
  14. Gamecocks spring football not fully ruled out March 20, 2020 | GCF Staff Report South Carolina’s spring football practice has been postponed for the moment, but not technically ruled out as of yet. But the truth be told 'things don’t look promising there. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. 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)
  16. 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. Hughes said. “In the back of my mind I’d always knew I wanted to work with Coach Muschamp again. So that’s kind of long story but that’s how it happened “Full circle for me.” Hughes joined the Gamecock staff this offseason, making the jump from Tennessee. He steps into the role held by Matt Lindsey, someone Muschamp credited with playing a crucial role in the program’s recruiting operation. (Lindsey, now at Ole Miss, called Hughes about the opening.) Now Hughes takes the reins of a large-scale information gathering outfit, one structured like an NFL personnel department. Once a 23-year-old thrown into the deep end of the profession, Hughes is now a veteran of three SEC staffs. Muschamp said on Drew. “I had Drew when I was at the University of Florida, did a fantastic job for me there.So it’s been a really seamless transition for us as far as our day-to-day operation, recruiting, evaluation and how we work as far as the recruiting standpoint is concerned.” THE GUIDANCE FOR THE VETERANS Hughes was only an undergrad when he “wandered” into the recruiting department at Alabama. A high school player in Alabama, he planned for a future as a high school coach. He started on the video side, shooting practice. He then started helping the grad assistants break down tape and then found his way to the recruiting room. Hughes said. “That’s when it really clicked for me. Once I got into the recruiting side of it, particularly the team-building and the different critical factors that you look for at each position and the all the different elements that go into building a championship team, it just clicked for me.” He came under the guidance of Ed Marynowitz, who worked for Nick Saban at the start of his tenure with the Crimson Tide, left for the Philadelphia Eagles and later returned. Hughes explained that Marynowitz was one of the pioneers of the personnel industry on the college level, and Lindsey had worked under him. At the time, Hughes was being asked to do the kinds of tasks he now has undergraduates doing. He arrived around when Saban did, taking part in the rise and building of a dynasty. When Hughes was finishing up school after the 2011 Iron Bowl, it was Marynowitz who recommended Hughes for his first job. Marynowitz played out the end of his college career for George O’Leary at Central Florida, and the former Georgia Tech head man reached out looking for someone. After a drive to Atlanta and a flight to talk to O’Leary, a freshly minted 23-year-old college grad was in charge of the recruiting operation for a Conference USA program. O’Leary had been running the show there for more than half a decade, and he delivered lessons well beyond what to look for on film. Hughes said. “I got coached by Coach O’Leary on how to grow up. I was 23. He was 60, or whatever it was at the time, and he would ask me for things he knew I didn’t have. And what he was doing, I didn’t realize it at the time, what he was doing is he was training me to start thinking ahead.” In his one year there, UCF recruited the Griffin twins, who both ended up drafted. Hughes left for N.C. State, where he helped Dave Doeren land a class with four defensive line draft picks, led by top-five pick Bradley Chubb. One year in Raleigh came to a close with a cold call from Gainesville, Florida. Muschamp brought Hughes back to the SEC, where he worked for him, then for Saban assistant Jim McElwain (Muschamp’s replacement) and eventually Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee the past few seasons. DREW ABOUT BUILDING EVERYONE UP As Hughes sits in his office describing the structure of his department, the term “empowered” comes to mind. He’s in charge of this operation, working alongside Jessica Jackson, who heads up the on-campus aspect of recruiting, and Justin King and Zach Frehse, who manage the graphics/edits side of things (“I’ve always said no one works for me, we all work together,” Hughes said). But he has a staff, many undergrads who were brought on and trained by Lindsey, and they are the first line of what is an information-gathering and synthesizing operation. The students and personnel assistants are assigned to an assistant coach, and they’re responsible for all the players at that coach’s position and in his area. Hughes said. “Everything kind of originates from the film. And if the film stands out, they do everything from using the various analytical services that we have, verifying track times, going through their social media. You know you can find out a lot about a guy by what he tweets. And we have all the sheets, you know every player has a sheet.” The staff compiles all that information about a player and then presents that profile to a coach. It allows the staff to recruit more efficiently, having a staff process through hundreds of recruits coaches don’t have to. Hughes said. “You have to be very transparent and upfront, be accurate with the information that you have. looking back at all the staffs he has been a part of. “And every coach that you work for, whether it’s head coach or assistants, they’re all different. So you have to understand you know what they want, and I think there’s a trust that’s developed over time.” WHAT TO LOOK FOR On that film that gets cut up, those high school games that get processed down, the Gamecocks staff, and by proxy the personnel staff, are looking for specific attributes. Hughes lists off 12 for running backs alone, from power running and vision to ball security and blocking. On high school film that might be of low quality, the “wow” plays tell a tale, and more sets of eyes on more film means more consensus. Hughes said. “You and I could watch a player right now and you may notice something that I didn’t. And if you notice something that helps us make the best decision.” He described the process as prospect identification and organizing information. The camps the school runs in June serve to boost that, in part to cross-check a player’s physical measurements and skills and give coaches a chance to watch players in live settings. And although it all starts with film, everything is bolstered by the personal side of things, when coaches hit the road and can chat with folks in the community or even opposing coaches about a player. Hughes said. “It’s just a combination of utilizing the recruiting calendar when you can go out on the road. You’re hitting people in the community, you’re talking to high school coaches, you’re talking to the janitor at the high school, the teacher, not just the high school coach, obviously “All that information, matching up with the film matching up with the character, ultimately, helps you make the best decision.” DREW CASTING A WIDE NET A program such as South Carolina’s isn’t just recruiting for next year’s class, but realistically for the next three. The database the team maintains includes around 2,500 total high school players across all three classes. Hughes said. “Our database is massive. Our job is to help the coaches narrow it down, get that number down to as low as, as good of a number as possible, a manageable number.” He joked this is probably one of his easier transitions because he doesn’t have to build up the infrastructure. He’s joining a coach he knows well and has a feel for, one who is established and has the pieces set in place by a good friend. Hughes said. “It’s easier because you know what to expect, you know how they work.” Coming in and with (Lindsey) being here, you know things are going to be set up the same way and done the right way and organized and structured so, this has been unique and different.”
  17. 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
  18. Jordan Burch Erik Kimrey details what Gamecocks are getting in Jordan Burch (AUDIO) Feb. 11, 2020, | sportstalk The process was drawn out a little longer than expected, but USC still came away with the big in-state recruiting prize last week when DL Jordan Burch of Hammond School signed with the Gamecocks. The five-star prospect at one point was ranked the #1 player in the country in the 247Sports composite before finishing with a #8 ranking. The end to his recruiting process perhaps left some Gamecock supporters with a negative attitude toward Burch. Monday night his coach Erik Kimrey joined us on SportsTalk and gave us a detailed look into Jordan Burch the football player and what the Gamecocks will be getting for their defensive line. Erik Kimrey on Sportstalk
  19. Lindsey has accepted a position at Ole Miss under new head coach Lane Kiffin that is considered a promotion. At this point, we do not know his title with the Rebels’ program.
  20. Who would you like for Muschamp to go after here and hopefully land them here at South Carolina?
  21. Ask this question because the life blood of a program is recruiting. Saying that Boom has really put together a top 20 class that after tomorrow signing could propel them to 17th or 18th in the recruiting rankings. Most coaches on a hot seat would not be able to maintain what Boom has accomplished in recruiting this year. Wins on the field is the key for Muschamp to remove the Hot seat title. Question can he do the removal before seasons end? The quicker he can his recruiting only will get even better. Say he wins 5 out of the first 6 games, only lose to Florida win over Tennessee. Good enough to jump of the hot seat? or need more to show? Second have going to be murderers row: 10/24 Texas A&M 10/31 at Vanderbilt 11/7 Georgia 11/14 at LSU 11/21 wofford 11/28 at Clemson Highlighted best case wins would mean 7-5. Would you say complete off Hot seat or go coach hunting. What ever needed, do it fast either way because the lifeblood of the program the recruiting wars will be lost.

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