Category Archives: ‘Cock Envy

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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BREAKING: Everybody gets a second chance.

Lemme see if I’ve got this straight:  a head coach on his second run at an SEC school, fresh off a one-year stint at a school renowned for second opportunities, offers a helping hand to a kid dismissed from another SEC school that’s dipped its toes into second-chance waters on occasion as well.

And people think this conference doesn’t have a heart.

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UPDATE:  Agent Muschamp has a chance to do something special.

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“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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