There was a noticeable lagging during South Carolina’s first practice without Steve Spurrier Tuesday.
That quickly changed once interim coach Shawn Elliott turned the volume up on Guns N’ Roses, James Brown and even some Soulja Boy.
Adding some musical flare to the practice was a welcome distraction during the Gamecocks’ first under Elliott, and it could become a permanent fixture.
“Music plays a huge role. It moves people, and I think we needed a little bit of movement,” Elliott said. “We wanted our players to get a little energetic, to take their minds off some things, and what a better way to do it than get some tunes on and see everyone kind of light up.”
After Tuesday’s practice, players commended Elliott for energizing the team and adding a new level of intensity to the mix.
Elliott thought the new music was going to be a one-time deal, but is considering making it part of the routine given how it affected his players.
“We started feeling good. At first, we were going to do it just during team periods. Then I said let’s just roll with it,” Elliott said. “The kids bought into it and you could see it was affecting them.”
South Carolina interim head coach Shawn Elliott on the SEC call right now. Has a cheery sound in his voice
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) October 14, 2015