Connor Shaw delivers heartfelt answer on his future, what makes South Carolina a great program
There have been quite a few changes at South Carolina of late. After Will Muschamp was fired on Sunday, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was named the interim head coach. But that’s not the only difference on the Gamecocks’ staff heading into this week’s game against Missouri.
Former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw was named the interim quarterbacks coach, a role that was previously held by Bobo. Shaw played for the Gamecocks from 2010-13, and he returned to the program prior to the start of the season as the director of player development.
Now that Shaw is on South Carolina’s coaching staff, what will the future look like for the 29-year-old?
“I’m telling myself this, it’s the same thing I’m telling the players: There will be a time to evaluate that and reflect on that and understand the future and what I want personally, what my goals are, but my goal right now is to get the guys ready for practice tomorrow and go execute the plan,” Shaw told the media on Tuesday. “I know I’m enjoying the past couple of days, I had a lot of fun on the field today in being involved and coaching up the quarterbacks a little bit. So we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I know I want to keep this [logo] on my chest. I don’t want to go anywhere. South Carolina is my home, we built a home in the summer, I want to raise my kids here, have great memories here. What type of role that looks like, we’ll have that conversation when we get there. But we need to win this ballgame on Saturday.”
Shaw didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about why South Carolina should be appealing to future recruits and what makes the program a great place to play.
“At some point, it really doesn’t matter who the coach is, because the durn players need to fight for themselves,” Shaw said. “Again, the best cultures are player-led. I have a lot of belief in the men here, I have a lot of belief in Coach Bobo, I think he’ll do a great job, I really do. I think what he’s done schematically this year has put us in a chance to win and have some success. … This is a fun place to be at. We had some meetings with recruits earlier this year and I was a part of this place when we had the peak success, the 11-win seasons and there’s not a more exciting place to be when we’re rolling. Williams-Brice, there’s not a more exciting place to play and for that to be your home. And that’s just the truth, that’s not really a recruiting pitch, that’s just my personal experience being a student-athlete here and being back here.”
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Shaw clearly is motivated to help lead the Gamecocks to success under Bobo. Perhaps that will lead to him earning a more permanent position on the staff down the line.
South Carolina will play its first game with its new staff in place on Saturday when it hosts Missouri at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network Alternate.