The day after the season can be a nervous time for college football coaches – especially for assistants whose areas of expertise have had tough seasons.
But South Carolina’s defensive coaches aren’t worried about their jobs, at least not today. Fans hoping to hear any minute now that the Gamecocks coaching staff has been gutted in response to this year’s disappointing results will be disappointed once again.
“Right now, we finish up recruiting with all our guys,” coach Steve Spurrier said Saturday.
That means no changes for at least six weeks, and there’s certainly no guarantee that any changes will be made after that.
“If something happens down the road and we can strengthen our staff somewhere, then, obviously, I have to look at that,” Spurrier said. “Right now, we will enjoy this win and call our (recruits) and, hopefully, keep all them coming and, hopefully, pick up one or two after this win.”
South Carolina’s defensive coaches and players did something important beyond help win a football game Saturday. In a 24-21 victory against Miami in the Independence Bowl, the defense gave Spurrier a reason to hope. If he wants to, and he just might want to, Spurrier can point to this performance and the promise of incoming pass rushers (on which this defense in the past has lived and this year died) and go into 2015 with this same coaching staff and a message that things will be better despite that.
“Oh yeah, I expect (all the defensive assistants) to be back unless coach Spurrier tells us something different,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Saturday night.
If that calls comes from Spurrier, it won’t come for a while.