COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Wednesday afternoon, South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner joined Jay Philips and Tommy Moody on The Halftime Show.
Tanner spoke on a number of topics during his multi-segment interview on 107.5 The Game. Chief among them was the $50 million football operations building.
On Monday, the Gamecocks cleared the final hurdle for the project, which was receiving approval from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority.
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“It’s a facility that is necessary. I think some people look at it and go, it’s over-the-top again. And it really isn’t, for us,” Tanner said. “Our football program is very strong. We have a great place to practice, two great practice fields. We’ve got a state of the art indoor, but the day-to-day operations of our football is not great.
“Our coaches’ offices are over in the north end, our weight room is in the south end and our training room is on the west side. There’s not a great flow of effectiveness and efficiency. This will give us an opportunity to have everything football under one roof.”
Earlier that day, Tanner said, he bumped into Muschamp at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“When are we putting the shovels in the ground,” Muschamp asked, according to Tanner.
“Then, he said hello. That’s the way it needs to be and we’re excited about that.”
Tanner was also asked about South Carolina being left out of last year’s NCAA basketball tournament.
Since he’s been a part of the baseball tournament selection committee, Tanner said he has an understanding of what’s looked for in a tournament resume.
“What was your intent to schedule good opponents? That wasn’t the case for us last year. Our schedule was challenging,” Tanner said. “The bad news is a lot of those teams that we had scheduled – that we knew were going to be difficult – did not have good years. That ended up hurting us, from a numbers standpoint. You just have to accept it and move on.
“I know that coach (Frank) Martin likes his team. I’ve been to a few practices. He’s guarded, but he’s got some great leadership right now in Sindarius (Thornwell) and Duane (Notice) and (P.J. Dozier), some guys that have played a little bit, so they’ve got a lot of minutes back. Ticket sales have been good. I think people are excited about what (Martin) brings to the table.”