South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner met with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum in the second quarter of the Gamecocks’ tilt with The Citadel.
While South Carolina was trailing and on the verge of potentially dropping its fourth game in a row, Tanner discussed what’s next as far the university’s search for a coach.
“The search is going really well,” Tanner told Finebaum. “Hopefully, we’ll be somewhere to settle it in early December ideally because (that’s) two months before the signing day. So, hopefully we’ll land in early December.
“I think that we’re in a pretty good place right now. That being said, I think we have so much to offer at here at the University of South Carolina. We’ve got a great fan base. We’ve got great resources. It’s a great university and a great location so we’re excited. ”
Interim coach Shawn Elliott was 1-3 since taking over for Steve Spurrier in early October.
Tanner said Elliott is a candidate despite the team’s record over the past month.
“He is certainly a candidate,” he said. “He has done a wonderful job since taking over this program. The players love him. He’s energized our fan base. Although we haven’t had great results, we’ve had some games in the SEC where we’ve had an opportunity to win so he’s done a wonderful job with the program.”
Tanner also added that some of the parameters for South Carolina’s next coach would be “a guy that can win games” and has a track record of winning at a high level.