Gamecocks plan to hire coach soon
South Carolina wants to have a coach in place within the next two weeks, according to athletic director Ray Tanner.
“I would like to have it done by Dec. 10-12, at the latest,” Tanner told The State.
The school has already had several weeks to look for its next coach. Former coach Steve Spurrier resigned on Oct. 12.
According to The State, the three frontrunners for the job are Houston head coach Tom Herman, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. Multiple sources have reported that Herman, whose Cougars are 11-1, is no longer a candidate for the position.
Interim coach Shawn Elliott coached the Gamecocks’ final six games, and went 1-5. Elliott was asked about the permanent job following the team’s 37-32 loss to No. 1 Clemson on Saturday.
“Let me tell you what, I’m not even thinking about that,” Elliott said. “All I can do is go lay it on the line every time I have the opportunity to lead this football team. That’s not for me to decide, of course. I’m not even worried about it.”
Elliott did say he expects to have “a phone call or a sit down conversation” with Tanner about the position and his future at South Carolina.
“I want to be remembered for the person I am and the person I always will be,” Elliott said. “I’m kind of the same ol’ guy, whether I’m the head coach, the O-line coach or working down the street. I lay it all out there. That’s who I am.”
The South Carolina players met with Tanner last week to discuss the coaching search.
“The only thing the meeting was really about was Coach Tanner wanted to hear what we thought about the situation,” quarterback Perry Orth said. “All we can do is just wait and see. Go about our everyday life. I know Coach Tanner is going to make the right hire, whoever that may be. I am very, very thankful for all our coaches who gave the opportunity to play here.”
South Carolina finished its season 3-9.