I caught a few minutes of former Gamecocks basketball coach Eddie Fogler's radio appearance on 1400 The Team today. Here are the highlights from Fogler, who still lives in the Columbia area and runs a coach-search firm:
-- Fogler was asked if he would consider replacing current coach Darrin Horn, who is fighting to avoid a third-straight losing season with a young squad. USC's coach from 1993-2001 said he's not interested.
"My days have passed me by," said Fogler, who helped in the search that led to Horn's hiring in 2008. "I'm not sure of my energy level."
He also mentioned his disdain for AAU coaches and not wanting to deal with the media.
Horn's contract runs through 2015. University leaders backed the coach after a number of players left the program in the wake of last season's 14-16 campaign. (Please see my additional thoughts on this topic in the comments section.)
-- Bruce Ellington could be a factor at point guard when he returns to Horn's team after the football season because the position is wide open.
How soon last year's top scorer will contribute after playing football is another matter.
"Will he be ready? No," Fogler said.
-- South Carolina natives Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal were recruited by Fogler and visited the USC campus before the high schoolers chose to turn pro. The former coach understood their decision considering the money offered.
Asked how he would have coached the team with those dominant forwards in Gamecocks lineup, Fogler said his advice would have been: "Go out and play."
He declined to say if he thought USC could have won a national title with O'Neal and Garnett on the roster.