Welcome back to the Feed Pail, where we gather up random but choice tidbits of South Carolina Gamecocks news to share with you. On this afternoon’s menu: Yet MORE football news, specifically regarding the coaching staff, and a few other odds and ends of interest.
Connor Shaw is back with Gamecock football
The greatest quarterback in school history is back on campus in Columbia, this time to take on the role of director of player development from another Gamecock great, the departing Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore, who coach Will Muschamp says is pursuing a continued education in psychology in a European program, had held the post for two years. The director of player development is, essentially, a life coach who can offer insight and advice for a post-football existence, since — as the NCAA commercials love to remind us — most players go pro in something other than sports.
Shaw, who was an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns and then had a stint with the Chicago Bears before leaving the NFL, showed off some humor at his introductory press conference:
Connor with a good joke about the football building: "Our class helped fund this place"— GoGamecocks (@gogamecocks) January 15, 2020
Shaw jokes he feels like he's the "oldest 28-year-old in the game"— GoGamecocks (@gogamecocks) January 15, 2020
Fun stuff from a guy who was normally all business at Carolina. While it’s tough to see Lattimore go, we certainly wish him all the best, and current and future Gamecocks will be in great hands with Shaw.
Texas hires away Coleman Hutzler
Speaking of coaching positions, the Gamecocks lost a staffer on Tuesday when Tom Herman plucked linebacker coach and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler out of Columbia. With the Longhorns, Hutzler will serve as co-defensive coordinator. Muschamp didn’t indicate a time table to replace him, but I’m not convinced it’s a loss for the Gamecocks. From where I’m standing, this is a bit of a curious move for Texas.
South Carolina has a new tight ends coach
And in yet MORE coaching news, Muschamp added former Georgia quarterback Joe Cox to oversee tight ends. Cox, who joins the pack of ex-Bulldogs on staff, held the same position under new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo when the pair was at Colorado State.
Chris Silva gets a contract with the Heat
The beloved South Carolina big man has been having a great rookie professional season. Initially inked as a two-way player and spending time with Miami’s G League affiliate, Silva has steadily worked his way into the mix as a rotation player. Now, the Heat is rewarding him with a contract:
It's a done deal. Chris Silva (@SilvaObame) signed a three-year deal with the @MiamiHEAT today. Congrats Chris! Looking forward to more #SilvaSlams! pic.twitter.com/5AKi3njMr4— IPZ (@ipzUSA) January 15, 2020
Big, big congratulations to Silva — it’s always a treat to see Gamecocks in the NBA.
Baseball is less than a month away, so here’s a cool uniform video
First pitch is coming up soon, folks, and the Gamecock baseball Twitter account has been pumping out the content. Here’s a nice look at one of South Carolina’s classic uniforms, which briefly fell out of use but now will rightfully return:
Old meets new pic.twitter.com/28FdyIAOd9— Gamecock Baseball (@GamecockBasebll) January 15, 2020