Re: Carolina football coaching future
Well, for discussion sake, lets say he did hang it up tomorrow, just for discussion!!
I think getting the "hot young coach" is a mistake. South Carolina as a state has some great high school talent, but we are a small state so we MUST recruit out of state to supplement it. Shaw, Davis, Ace for example.
And we don't have trophy cases lined with gold. So, while our recent success is great and surely helps, we still need a tad bit more than, say, Florida does to draw recruits.
Getting a big name coach that recruits already know and have heard of helps recruit out of state. USC recruits with the sale pitch of being part of something new, something never done before. To convince the recruit to do that, they must believe that it CAN happen, and they need to have a coach who has already done it somewhere for them to truly believe that. Holtz and Spurrier brought that. Recruits in 2008 knew if they came, they'd be part of something huge, and they were.
So, when that day comes, I say we need another Holtz/Spurrier type. A huge name who is near the end of his career, but can convince some out of state guys that coming to USC will result in them being part of something new and special and "1st ever stuff" that they cant get at Florida or Alabama.
And they'll buy it. If Shaw had gone to UGA or Florida, he'd be another great QB on their record books. But he came to USC, and he is THE greatest QB ever here. Kids want that these days.