Interim coach Shawn Elliott may be on the sidelines for his final game at South Carolina Saturday when the Gamecocks host top-ranked Clemson.
One of the top candidates believed to be in the mix to take that position removed his name from contention earlier this week, and now we know why.
First-year Houston coach Tom Herman withdrew his name from consideration earlier this week despite extensive third-party discussions regarding the head coach position.
Herman let it be known to his team he was focused solely on Houston, and receiver Demarcus Ayers provided some insight on what’s been said inside the Cougars’ locker room to SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey.
“We had a meeting at the start of the week, and he said, ‘I’m not going to talk to anyone about any other job or be in communication with anyone, because I have a task at hand,'” Ayers said. “I don’t know what other jobs he’d been talked about with. But he for sure told us he killed the South Carolina thing. He told us this is where he wanted to be, and if anything happens, it’s not gonna be right now.”
“This is important to him right now,” Ayers added. “I think the guys really appreciated that.”
Herman is 11-1 in his first season as Houston’s coach. Last season he served as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.
South Carolina is expected to name a new coach in early December. Entering Saturday, the Gamecocks are 3-8 with their worst SEC record (1-7) since 1999.