COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin won’t take Evan Hinson on a full-time basis until the Gamecocks football team plays in the Birmingham Bowl.
That was the agreement that Martin came to with football coach Will Muschamp, when Hinson was given the clearance to play both sports.
“He’s been in and out as much as he can,” Martin said. “There have been days I’ve said, ‘Evan, stop. Don’t do this, man. You’re going to crush your body. You’re out there banging heads, then you’re going to come over here.’
“We’re physical and we practice hard, too. The time will come, but he’s such an eager kid. When he’s got two hours, he doesn’t just want to sit around somewhere. He wants to do something.”
Hinson, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound freshman tight end, has spent his first season with the South Carolina football team on a redshirt. His father coached him in basketball at Deltona (Fla.) High School.
“I give him credit,” Martin said. “A lot of kids come in and say I want to play two sports, then they go out for football and they practice, then they realize, oh my God, this is real hard. Then they’re like, I don’t need to be doing that. He loves playing basketball, too. And he really, really enjoys it.”
Last week, Muschamp told reporters that Hinson has had “a really good fall for us.”