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So now what at South Carolina?

Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:52 am
Edited on: March 28, 2008 10:57 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Capel's decision to sign an extended contract for more money with Oklahoma took the leading candidate to replace Dave Odom at South Carolina out of the mix. Even worse, it removed a minority candidate from the equation. And if you believe Seth Emerson's recent story in The State (which you should, by the way) then it's clear South Carolina was hoping to fill this position with a minority in order to add diversity to an athletic department that has had just one black head coach in its history.

His name is Curtis Frye.

He's a track and field coach.

And it now appears Frye might remain the only black head coach at the school because South Carolina doesn't seem enamored with any other potential candidates who fit that description outside of VCU's Anthony Grant -- a man unlikely to take a bottom-tier SEC job given how he's arguably the hottest name in the business and a potential candidate for practically anything and everything that is already open or will open elsewhere in the coming weeks.

Miami's Frank Haith and Tulane's Dave Dickerson are the most logical candidates now.

But are either of those guys the guy South Carolina wants?

Multiple industry sources are skeptical. So now most believe this search could evolve into something the school didn't necessarily plan for, which is a broader (not to mention extended) search including candidates it never expected to consider. Among those are Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn, UMass' Travis Ford and Davidson's Bob McKillop. But either way, the point I'm trying to make is that Capel's spurning of South Carolina now has everything being revaluated and the initial plan to add diversity might no longer be the priority it once was.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:01 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

They need to start talking to Bobby Knight.  BK certainly looks bored on those ESPN panel discussions.  He just might be attracted to the job.  If he were to come there, USC wouldnt be a football school anymore.  It wouldnt hurt to ask about his feelings of coming back to coaching.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:08 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

In the same post you refer to Jason Capel and Jeff Capel. You do know they are two different brothers. Odom wanted to stop recruiting against UNC,Duke, and NCSU along with the rest of the ACC. Odom hadn't had a winning conference record at Wake in his last four years. SC wasn't that bad of a choice, they had won the SEC and had a couple of top 10 teams just a few years before Odom got there. In the East when he came to SC, there was only Kentucky to compete against. Florida had only began winning a couple of years earlier and Tennessee and UGA were pretty bad, Vandy had a decent team every once in awhile. Play that schedule home and away vs. the nine team ACC home and away, and it's hard to fault the guy for taking a chance. Let's also not forget he was fourth or fifth on the list. (B.Cremins,B.Peterson,G.Marshall,P.Ford???)

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 9:35 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

thats rick barnes thats at texas and barnes was before larry shyatt who purnell suceeded

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 4:27 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

There are a lot of factors working against USC here.  For 1, they have a rep as being a low end basketball program and 2 they play in the SEC East and will be battling UGA for last place again next year, as it seems they do almost every year now that Vandy and UT have actual programs.   3 they are a football first school and that can be a turnoff to coaches, and 4 it it tough for them to recruit in their area because so many local kids would rather go to Clemson, Duke, UNC, or even NC State.

Good luck to whatever young coach decides he wants to give the SEC a shot.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 2:17 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

Nice analysis by  but it was Rick Barnes who left Clemson for Texas.  Cliff Ellis was the coach prior to Barnes and went from Clemson to Auburn after he wore out his welcome in Clemson.

As for the situation at South Carolina, with Capel out of the picture, they are almost going to have to settle for a young coach at a smaller school.  With their history of being a retirement home for old coaches, most of the good ones are obviously going to decline since others have failed to live up to expectations in both basketball and football in Columbia.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 1:50 pm

So now what at South Carolina?

I couldn't agree more.  I still don't know why Dave Odom left Wake Forest to go there; USC has been a black hole for coaches since Frank McGuire (who won the NCAAs, but at NORTH Carolina) retired and since USC left the ACC in a huff after they got their feelings hurt.  Now they are a relatively small fish in a big pond (the SEC), and so far even Steve Spurrier (who worked miracles at Duke and did a great job at Florida) and Lou Holtz haven't yet gotten one of their "major" sports programs to the top tier in Division 1 sports. 

Until the administration and the AD get their heads out of the sand (or elsewhere)   Jason Capel did the right thing for his career, because even at a "football" school he will be given the chance to succeed.  Even though he reportedly wanted to return to a school closer to his North Carolina roots, it is extremely unlikely that he would have had much of a chance given the current climate.  Even in-state rival (and so-called "football" school) Clemson has regularly outshone South Carolina in basketball and has an excellent coack in Oliver Purnell, who succeeded another excellent coach in Cliff Ellis (now at Texas). 

Hopefully the AD and administration can find a good coach to turn things around, but whoever they hire will have an uphill climb, and they may have to throw tons of money at someone to get a "name" coach.  I wonder how much they offered Jeff Capel.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:42 am

So now what at South Carolina?

Honestly, I guess the AD and the administration always thought that they'd be able to get their man.  Of course being a coach for the Gamecocks is an *cough* *cough* highly desirable position *cough* *cough*. 

Actually this may be a good thing for USC.  The college puts so much emphasis on the football program there and the athletics department tends to push the other departments off as being "minor".  Maybe they'll re-evaluate more then their coaching needs so that they'll be able to attract high caliber coaches for their basketball program.

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