Category Archives: ‘Cock Envy

“It’s the season of the year for us.”

Agent Muschamp’s got a deep talent hole to fill, thanks to Spurrier’s neglect on the recruiting front (“You are what your record is. We were 3-9.”).  I’m not sure how great his staff will turn out to be on the coaching front, but there’s no doubt he’s assembled some heavyweights on recruiting.

Still, he’s got a long way to go.  As the article notes, SC’s highest ranking of the three major recruiting services is No. 28 in ESPN’s team rankings, behind 11 other SEC programs.  Twelfth best in the conference isn’t exactly a ticket to Atlanta.

I’ll be curious to watch how the ‘Cocks go about their business chasing Georgia high school talent.  Even under Spurrier, they got their fair share of players out of this state.  Between Boom and McClendon, you figure they’re going to make a serious attempt to step that up.

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Today, in well-played snark

This made me laugh out loud this morning.

The only thing I can add is this matching t-shirt celebrating South Carolina Heisman Trophy winners.

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It’s perfect for stenciling in the name of whatever ‘Cock you predict greatness for in August.

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Sleeping with the enemy

While you’re in Columbia, don’t get into any sideline fights with other assistant coaches, BMac.

Seriously, best of luck to you.

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If he had to do it over again…

Agent Muschamp never would have gone with the decided schematic advantage.

Will Muschamp expressed some regret about his time at Florida when he was introduced as South Carolina’s new football coach.

Apparently, much of that regret has to do with former Gators offensive coordinator and Cleveland Browns assistant Kurt Roper.

Roper was pegged to be the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator and served in the same capacity for the Gators under Muschamp in his final season in 2014,

If Muschamp had made that move sooner, he believes he could still potentially be at Florida.

“I feel like, if I’d hired Kurt in my first year at Florida,” Muschamp told Sirius XM College Sports Nation. “I’d probably still be there. That’s the confidence I have in him moving forward. I think he’s just an outstanding football coach.”

And in Boom’s eyes, Roper’s better than ever!  Why?

“Up-tempo, on the ball, he’s got some new ideas from working in the NFL this year that I’m excited about as well,” Muschamp said.

Yeah, that’s a guarantee of success right there.

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Smart vs. Muschamp: saying the sooth

I’d run a reader poll on this topic, except I’d expect a lopsided result.  So you’ll just have to settle for witty observations in the comments.

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Out of the gate: Muschamp vs. Smart

Harris Pastides’ unbridled optimism aside, which of the two Saban disciples now manning head coaching positions in the SEC East has been dealt a better hand to play next season?

SBNation’s Bud Elliott thinks it’s Kirby Smart, based on two factors.

  • Recruiting.  Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart steps into a great situation as Georgia’s head coach as the Bulldogs have signed 51 four- and five-star prospects in the last four cycles (51 percent of total signees), which is the best in the division. Florida and Tennessee are the next closest in the East, then there is a big dropoff to Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks and Barry Odom’s Missouri Tigers.
  • Schedule.  While Georgia plays annual games against similar or worse recruiters in Auburn, another SEC West team and Georgia Tech, the Gamecocks must annually face two other teams that out-recruit them: Clemson and Texas A&M. Plus, whatever SEC West team South Carolina draws is also likely to have more talent than the Gamecocks.

Based on that, he thinks Kirby can improve on Richt’s average win total.  That would be nice.  As for Boom… well, “Luckily for Muschamp, South Carolina has no reason to have high expectations as it is has no real history of success other than a few recent years.”  Tell that to Pastides.

 

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Today, Columbia. Tomorrow, the world.

I notice there’s already some chatter in the comment thread about what sort of record we can expect out of the Dawgs in Kirby’s first season.  That’s fine, but based on what South Carolina President Harris Pastides had to say about his new head coach, you guys seriously need to up your expectations game.

USC’s boss, president Harris Pastides, is not willing to wait long for the football team to rebound.

“So is it where we want to be today? No,” Pastides told The State after the former Florida coach was introduced Monday. “But I’m not buying into a three- or five-year turnaround. I want to be back to success next season.”

What does success look like next year?

“Competing for the SEC Eastern (division) championship. I think that’s got to be the proximal goal. Anything less than that to me wouldn’t feel right as a fan. I think given the state of the SEC East without necessarily a consistent, dominant team over the last few years, I think that’s within sight. Coach is going to tell us what his goals are. I’m talking more as a fan about it.”

After Muschamp’s first season, Pastides wants the Gamecocks vying for the SEC title and a spot in the national playoffs.

Well, now.  This is gonna be fun to watch.

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UPDATE:  Boom’s got his work cut out for him on the recruiting trail.

Steve Spurrier is a legend and he took the Gamecocks to heights they couldn’t have achieved without him, but he also left the cupboard pretty bare when it comes to roster and current recruiting. The Gamecocks are currently ahead of only Vanderbilt in SEC recruiting for 2016. Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern have more top 20 South Carolina commitments than South Carolina right now.

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