Happy Sunday, South Carolina fans. We are continuing to digest the Gamecocks’ 23-22 loss to The Citadel, as well as the polarizing penalty on Pharoh Cooper’s would-be game-winning 94-yard touchdown reception.
Here are seven things to know:
- South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner hopes to name a coach in early December. Tanner confirmed that interim coach Shawn Elliott is a candidate, but wants a coach that has proven he’s able to win at a high level.
- South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore did not play the first half against The Citadel. Moore leads the Gamecocks in tackles and interceptions.
- Marcus Spears: South Carolina needs to hire “a coach with juice.” Spears and Tim Tebow discussed the Gamecocks’ pending coaching vacancy during SEC Nation.
- SEC Nation panelists “inspired” by South Carolina’s handling of hardships. The show was supposed to be held on Oct. 10 before the LSU game, but was pushed back due to flooding in the Columbia, S.C., region.
- Memphis reportedly offers potential SEC coach Justin Fuente a lucrative contract. Fuente, who is expected to be a candidate for the South Carolina and Missouri jobs, could be made the highest-paid coach outside of a Power Five conference.
- South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott on loss to The Citadel: “They out-coached us. They out-classed us.” South Carolina had not lost to an FCS foe since 1990 and had won nine in a row since 2006 — when the Gamecocks began to play FCS teams every year.
- South Carolina players, coaches react to 23-22 loss to The Citadel. Among the main themes was Perry Orth’s displeasure with the officiating and the team looking ahead to the finale against Clemson.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The State’s Bob Gillespie writes that ESPN’s Paul Finebaum believes with the right coaching hire, South Carolina can surpass the success of the Steve Spurrier era. Finebaum named Memphis’ Justin Fuente and Houston’s Tom Herman as coaches who could find success with the Gamecocks.
- The Charleston City Paper’s Karl Brenkert writes that South Carolina’s coaching search will continue for some time. Though Tanner said he expected to name the next Gamecocks coach in early December, Brenkert believes South Carolina may have to take a back seat to other big-time openings before it can name Spurrier’s successor.