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“I have a one-year time table.”

When it comes to fan expectations, South Carolina’s have always been… um, highly optimistic.  So Boom may be a perfect match for them.  At least for a while.

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Who needs a Gus Bus…

… when you’ve got a Boom Bus?

I wonder what kind of noise the horn makes.

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Clear as mud

Okay, NCAA, lemme see if I’ve got this straight:  Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be around the South Carolina program in an unpaid position, but Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can’t be a paid member of the support staff… except Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be a paid member of Muschamp’s coaching staff.

Geez, that’s so convoluted, even Nick Saban couldn’t figure out a workaround.

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Those decided schematic advantages aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.

Agent Muschamp now seems to admit the possibility exists that hiring Charlie Weis to be his first offensive coordinator at Florida may not have been such a hot move.

Will Muschamp, South Carolina’s new coach, says he made a mistake as a rookie coach at Florida when he tried to completely change the Gators’ offense. You’ll recall that Muschamp hired Charlie Weis as his offensive coordinator in 2011 and tried to install a pro-style offensive attack. Florida had won two national championships under Urban Meyer (2006, ’08) using a spread attack that relied heavily on the read option.

Muschamp went through three coordinators in four years as the Gators got into an offensive hole and never could get out.

“I probably made a mistake at Florida trying to change schematically from what they had done before,” Muschamp told me on a recent visit to his office. “As a result, we ended up not being very good at anything. These days you just don’t have time to make a lot of changes. You have to adapt to what your kids can do.”

Well, either that, or you just get rid of your kids.

This is one second act I’m really looking forward to watching.

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Friday morning buffet

Anyone hungry?

  • Another day, another athletic department in trouble with the Feds for something gender-based.
  • If anyone at Tennessee had a sense of humor, they’d let Fulmer present this award.
  • Jacob Eason, third-teamer.
  • Evidently we’re now at a point when Jim Harbaugh’s had enough “feuds” on Twitter that they can be ranked.
  • That probably explains why I’ve become jaded about stories like this.
  • I guess this stands as the highlight of Dylan Thompson’s career.
  • You a parent who’s worried about football and brain injury?  Well, Bruce Arians has some advice for you:  “people who say ‘I won’t let my son play it’ are fools.”  I guess that ends that discussion.
  • John Theus played through a rough season, physically speaking, last year.
  • And here’s a PSA (i.e., I have no financial interest in this) for those of you looking to find accommodations in Athens for G-Day.  Rent Like a Champion is a site that bills itself as a sort of “Airbnb, but with a primary focus on college football games”.  G-Day listings are here.  (BTW, if anyone uses the site, please report back here on your experience.)

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History repeating

It sounds like Boom’s offense in Columbia is getting ready to go down the same road his offense in Gainesville took.

At Duke, co-offensive coordinator and play-caller Kurt Roper used a system which prioritized passing and made good use of the read-option. Roper wants to be up-tempo, snapping the ball with 18 or more seconds remaining on the play clock. But Muschamp wants balance, so the offense Roper runs at USC may not be exactly similar to the one he oversaw in Durham.

Muschamp says he and Roper need to be “on the same page” philosophically, which seems to indicate the Gamecocks won’t go full-on spread. But both men know the product of this relationship needs to be better than their short-lived stint at Florida in 2014.

There’s knowing and there’s doing.  Keep up the good work, Agent Muschamp.

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One man’s second chance is another’s second choice.

Dan Wolken looks into Boom’s second chance at South Carolina and finds that Muschamp’s gonna Muschamp (“What did I learn? You need to score more points. It’s real simple. We’re not splitting the atom.”).  As amusing as that revelation is, it’s not the most enjoyable part of the piece.

This is:

That’s why when Spurrier abruptly retired halfway through last season, Muschamp would have seemed an unlikely and uninspired choice to get the program back on track.

South Carolina, in fact, first targeted Houston’s Tom Herman and was so far down the road toward an agreement, according to two people familiar with the process, that the school’s administration had essentially shut its search process down.

Those same people, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, said Herman’s mind changed after South Carolina lost to The Citadel on Nov. 21 and it became clear the next coach would have a massive rebuilding job on his hands. Herman decided to stay at Houston for a deal worth nearly $3 million per year and, presumably, wait for a more high-profile situation.

Houston a more attractive option for a head coach than South Carolina?  Why, Gamecock fans, I think you’ve just been insulted.  You finished second in a two-team race, but at least you’re leaving with a very nice parting gift.

That left Muschamp, who had the endorsement of Spurrier and was favored all along by South Carolina president Harris Pastides, whose comfort level was bolstered by the endorsement of high-level administrators in the SEC office.

Call it Steve Spurrier’s final legacy.

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