South Carolina football mailbag: Questions about Kurt Roper; the next commitment
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Welcome to Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.
@jp_bush asks … Do you think Kurt Roper should be fired? And, if so, who are some of the people who could be realistic options to replace him?
The results haven’t been the best. Shoot, they’ve been among the worst.
But I’m not going to advocate for his removal. To me, too many people have held his past against him. His past being the only season at Florida.
It’s hard to fault Roper – or anybody other than Steve Spurrier – for what happened to South Carolina’s offense in 2016. Was it any better in 2017? No, not really, so I can understand why folks want a change in 2018, but there were a number of factors that contributed to the offense’s struggles this past season.
Did Roper have a part in that? Sure, but his play-calling wasn’t the only reason the Gamecocks offense wasn’t better than it was this season.
Call me old fashioned, but I have a hard time in thinking a coach should be fired for what basically amounts to one disappointing season.
As for realistic options for the next play-caller at South Carolina, that I’m not sure of, in part because I don’t know what direction Will Muschamp would want to go.
Assuming he doesn’t want to change his philosophy, I think it’s unrealistic for Gamecock fans to think the top hurry-up, no-huddle guys are realistic options.
@RushRush74 asks … Will Kurt Roper take the HC job at Rice?
Will he? I don’t know.
Would he? I think so.
Lane Kiffin took a pay cut when he left his post as offensive coordinator at Alabama to be head coach at Florida Atlantic. Guys want to be head coaches.
But I guess that’s an apples-to-oranges comparison.
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@DHannum8 asks … Who do you think will be the next #SpursUp?
There are a few candidates, some are more likely than others.
I’ll start with the guy I believe to be most likely: 3-star defensive back Israel Mukuamu. With Florida State’s coaching staff in flux, he’s no longer committed to the Seminoles, but I wouldn’t completely rule them out just yet.
Mukuamu will sign in December and enroll in January, so the clock’s ticking. Right now, it favors South Carolina, no doubt about it. And Georgia has a shot to get in the mix, if the Dawgs make a push after the SEC Championship Game.
Also, I reserve the right to change this if Jimbo Fisher goes to Texas A&M and Willie Taggart leaves Oregon for Florida State.
After Mukuamu, I’d go with Louisville commitment Jarrett Jackson, a 3-star defensive end who’s also going to be a mid-year enrollee.
Not sure of the timing of Jaycee Horn’s new commitment, but South Carolina certainly appears to be the leader, now that the 4-star cornerback is no longer on board with Tennessee.
The same can be said for 4-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum, though he previously listed December as the month he wants to be finished by, but he’s not a mid-year enrollee. Auburn and LSU are also in the mix there.
Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall plans to make a decision in December, so there’s a possibility that he could make a move. Presuming Georgia has the edge, it may not be for South Carolina. Auburn could firmly be in the mix, too, coming off last weekend’s official visit. And now that there’s some stability at Florida, could the Gators get back into the picture?
@Spatrick04 asks … If some higher-ranked recruits left on the board wanted to commit, who are some potential commits that could be told to look elsewhere?
You’re not going to like this answer, but I don’t put that sort of information out there, even if I do have confirmation that it’s going to happen, whether it’s the prospect’s doing or the school’s.
And I definitely won’t speculate, which is what I would be doing right now. That wouldn’t be fair to anybody, prospect or school.
Now, at last check, which was in the spring, there was a member of the 2018 class who had some academic work to do. But I sort of have the same policy there. You can ask, but I probably won’t tell. Generally speaking, academics are another factor that could bring about the change in a commitment status.
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