Happy Tuesday, South Carolina fans.
Will Muschamp was finally introduced as the next coach of South Carolina Monday. After a long search, we figured out how athletic director Ray Tanner came to his decision on the Gamecocks’ next coach.
Here are 13 things to know:
- South Carolina Board of Trustees approved Will Muschamp’s salary and contract length. Muschamp will make $3 million annually, but will receive annual bonuses.
- Muschamp took a shot at UGA during first South Carolina press conference, which is his alma mater.
- Muschamp is confident he’s a better coach after leading Florida from 2011-14. Muschamp amassed 28 wins in four seasons with the Gators.
- Muschamp on recruiting: “I can sell ice to an eskimo.” Muschamp added that all of his assistants must be good recruiters as well.
- Muschamp says the Florida president told him to “clean it up” when he replaced Urban Meyer in 2011. Numerous incidents off the field marred Meyer’s tenure at Florida.
- Muschamp has regrets about his time at Auburn. The Tigers went 6-6 this season and saw a defensive decline in Muschamp’s first year back with the team.
- Tanner and Muschamp “have an understanding” on sideline demeanor. Tanner revealed he and Muschamp had an extensive conversation about how to behave in games.
- Tanner promises that the Muschamp era will be “fast and furious.” We’re unsure if it has anything to do with the movie, though.
- Former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw endorsed Kurt Roper as the Gamecocks offensive coordinator Monday. Roper, a Browns offensive assistant, is reportedly Muschamp’s choice to run the offense.
- South Carolina’s Tanner continued to refute that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez was offered the Gamecocks head coaching job. This weekend, Arizona’s athletic director announced Rodriguez would remain with the Wildcats.
- A 4-star prospect de-committed from South Carolina the same day that Muschamp was announced as coach. Instead, the recruit will decide between Florida and Tennessee.
- Muschamp will reportedly retain Shawn Elliott on the South Carolina staff. Elliott is expected to be the offensive line coach and be the only member of the current staff to return in 2016.
- South Carolina president Harris Pastides expects the Gamecocks to compete for SEC titles. Pastides believes the team can make some noise as early as 2016.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead writes that Muschamp tells those who doubt his recruiting ability to look at his wife. In a serious introductory presser, Muschamp got a lot of laughs out of that one.
- ESPN.com detailed the many faces of Muschamp. Anger and enthusiasm are just a few of the emotions conveyed by the new South Carolina coach.