Take a man with previous head coaching experience in the SEC. An architect of defenses that never finished lower than 15th nationally in yards allowed. A well-known recruiter whose signing classes ranked fifth, eighth, 12th, and fourth nationally.
Sounds like a home run hire for South Carolina, doesn’t it?
That man, 44 year-old Will Muschamp, was introduced Monday as South Carolina’s 34th head football coach at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Yet the last question that athletic director Ray Tanner fielded at Muschamp’s press conference was about the social-media anxiety his hiring had generated.
“We got our man. We got a Gamecock. Buckle up your seatbelt. Get on board,” Tanner replied, drawing applause from the Board of Trustee members and Gamecock Club donors seated on the right side of the Zone.