Shawn Elliott: Players “weren’t really enjoying themselves” earlier this season
South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott can change the offense and defense all he wants on Saturdays, but perhaps his greatest impact comes the other six days of the week.
Asked about his new role on Sunday, Elliott said his work started at practice, where players needed their passions reignited.
“The things that are jumping out is how much time these guys weren’t really enjoying themselves,” Elliott said during his teleconference. “Now you just see a little bit different feel, a different look in their eyes. The way they walk around, communicate with one another. I try to touch base with about every single player in meeting rows or walking around at practice.
“It’s a little different look, different feel. If that’s something that’s changed, it’s working. We’ve still got to produce wins and go out there and play better. That’s coming along as we improved as a team yesterday.”
Elliott took over the Gamecocks after a 2-4 start under Steve Spurrier. Since then, the team is 1-1 with a win over Vanderbilt and a loss to Texas A&M.