What a start to the new year, South Carolina fans.
South Carolina’s red-hot recruiting took a hard turn for the worst. However, there were plenty of other bright spots in and around Columbia, S.C.
Here are nine things to know:
- South Carolina’s latest commit, Cavin Ridley, is rethinking his decision. Just two days removed from pledging to the Gamecocks, Ridley announced he needs more time to decide.
- In-state cornerback Chris Smith will enroll early at South Carolina. Smith, a 3-star prospect, committed to the Gamecocks on Dec. 28 for a second time and was not expecting to sign with South Carolina until February.
- Safety Nigel Warrior said he could never see himself at South Carolina. A visit to Columbia, S.C. changed his perception of the university. Instead, the 4-star safety is instead considering LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
- Muschamp said he has to have “realistic expectations” for 2016. The first-year South Carolina coach often referred to the Gamecocks’ 3-9 record a season ago in describing what can be expected out of next year.
- South Carolina strengthened its coaching staff with another addition. This time, it’s David Feeley, who will be a strength coach. He previously worked at Ball State the past five years.
- Former South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward was named Fresno State’s defensive coordinator. The Gamecocks finished last in the SEC in total defense and scoring defense in 2015 under Ward and Jon Hoke.
- South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore’s future is still up in the air. Moore led the Gamecocks in tackles each of the past three seasons. He said he would declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, but is backing off the stance as he discussed returning to the team with Will Muschamp.
- Muschamp has amped up South Carolina’s recruiting efforts. He has added three bodies to the recruiting office, responsible for such things as marketing and social media relations. Previously, the department was thought to be lacking.
- South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin discussed Saturday’s big win over Memphis. Among the topics of discussion was the amount of fouls called — 68 to be exact — which Martin said must be a learning experience for his team.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The Big Spur’s JC Shurbutt wrote that Lance Thompson is a home run hire for South Carolina. Thompson has had stints at Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Tennessee, and is considered one of the top recruiters in SEC football.
- TheTandD.com’s Scott Hood wrote South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner has been impressed by Muschamp’s work ethic. In particular, Tanner has been pleased by how quickly Muschamp’s tenure has taken off, including assembling his coaching staff and working on the recruiting trail.