Shawn Elliott may have only been South Carolina’s interim coach for three games, but he changed the culture of the Gamecocks program almost immediately.
As the offensive line coach, Elliott was notorious for his player-friendly attitude and his intensity on the sidelines. That hasn’t changed, but it has been embraced in the South Carolina locker room.
As Elliott prepares for his fourth game as the Gamecocks’ interim coach, he believes the team had adopted the same sort of attitude he has brought to the program for years.
“I don’t know if you set out to put a particular stamp, but you’d like your team to take on your personality,” Elliott said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference.
“My personality is a physical, fun type of guy that goes out and lays it on the line no matter what situation it is.”
Elliott came out of the tunnel at Williams-Brice Stadium fired up in his interim coach debut against Vanderbilt and his team did the same, earning a 19-10 win.
The past two games on the road at Texas A&M and Tennessee haven’t yielded victories, but it’s easy to recognize the Gamecocks have been vastly more competitive in those losses than they were at times earlier in the season under Steve Spurrier.
Elliott likes to believe that added level of competitiveness is a testament to the stamp he has put on the team.
“This team has no quit about them,” Elliott said. “They love one another, they fight for another, and in the three games against Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Tennessee, you saw the fight and that we had no quit and love for another. If you call that the stamp I’m putting on it (the team), then go ahead. What’s what we’re trying to do.”