Josh Kendall

How good is the South Carolina job? Here’s one national take

If there is an offseason anymore in college football, it’s May. Spring practice is in the books, and offseason programs won’t begin until summer school sessions start in June.

That makes it the perfect month for debates like these: What’s the best job in college football? Athlon Sports has decided to make a list of all 130.

South Carolina comes in at No. 23.

“In a vacuum, South Carolina offers just about everything a coach needs to win at the highest level,” according to the list.

It goes on to point out that the Gamecocks do not exist in a vacuum, which is clear from the fact that Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida, Alabama and Georgia all are ranked higher than South Carolina.

The Bulldogs, USC’s chief division rival, is ranked No. 1 in the country.

“Perhaps no job in the country offers the best of every world like Georgia — great recruiting base, great place to live, great fan base … you get the point,” according to the list.

(If you’re interested in more of their thoughts on this subject, they have devoted an entire podcast to it here.)

Gamecocks fans are likely to believe their program should rank higher on the list. What is inarguable is that South Carolina is higher now than it was just 10 years ago, and significantly so.

In addition to Steve Spurrier proving that a trip to the conference title game was possible, the school has completed a $15 million indoor practice facility and $50 million football operations building in that time and will soon start on $22 million of stadium renovations. All of that certainly is worth a Top 25 ranking. At least in May.

Will Muschamp is entering his fourth season at South Carolina. He is 22-17 overall and has set the record for wins by a Gamecocks head coach in his first three seasons.