Report: South Carolina BOT members meet with former football player to 'eventually' replace Ray Tanner
Certain University of South Carolina Board of Trustees members met with former Gamecocks standout and current George Mason athletic director Brad Edwards recently, according to ABC Columbia’s Mike Gillespie.
The purpose of the meeting was to gauge Edwards’ interest in taking over for Ray Tanner “eventually.”
“Brad was brought in because of uncertainty about Ray Tanner’s future at USC,” according to the report, which cited a source. The report also said that the board would likely want to groom Edwards to replace Tanner at an unknown time.
Edwards played at South Carolina in the 1980s and was named an All-American. He went on to play defensive back in the NFL for nine seasons. Edwards is the current Athletic Director at George Mason. Prior to that, he held the same position at Jacksonville University. Before his last two stops, Edwards held the role of senior associate athletics director and chief financial officer at South Carolina. The report stated that he would “absolutely be interested” in returning to the Gamecocks.
Under Tanner’s watch, South Carolina’s athletics department is overall healthy, both on the field of play and the financial aspect. Of course, Will Muschamp’s future is very much up in the air, although it’s likely he returns in 2020.