Tragic news broke the college football surface Tuesday evening.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier announced his resignation from the university, drawing his 10-and-a-half years with the Gamecocks to a close. Pinned to the long-time paragon is the exponential change that he brought to Columbia, South Carolina, not to mention the striking company he adjoins with in all-time coaching wins.
But now the question turns to which skipper can ratify the vacated channel. Co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott serves as the band-aid over the wound for the moment, yet the call for a well-equipped replacement has already been dispatched.
Out of all potential candidates that have come to light, it just so happens that Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm secures my vote as Spurrier’s successor.
The revision of Brohm of in Columbia would certainly be a call to summon a somewhat depleted program. Even Spurrier wasted no time in denoting the recession of South Carolina in what he felt was perhaps the prime logic for saying farewell.
According to The Sports Xchange, the Head Ball Coach issued his statement regarding the need for someone other than himself to govern the program.
“Eleven years ago I was the right coach for this job. Today I am not,” revealed Spurrier. “That’s the cycle of coaching. I do believe it’s important for me to step aside and allow that building process to take place.”
And the desire for a quick turnaround, well, Brohm’s been no stranger to refurbishing a second-rate program. Once head coach Bobby Petrino hit the trail to the University of Louisville, Brohm clogged the gap in passage to an 8-4 record in 2014. Now potentially the frontrunners in the Conference USA this season, the renewal has taken a mere season and a half for Bowling Green, Kentucky to be plotted on the college football map.
The potential flip from an unorthodox operation in Western Kentucky to the esteemed heritage of the Southeastern conference wouldn’t be an abnormal move; nor has it had an ill-fated result.
It is, rather, eerily similar to Florida’s Jim McElwain.
Occupying the reins for just three years at Colorado State was all it took for McElwain to be hauled into mix for top-tier program needs. Skepticism and cynics alike had sullen fortune-telling of his first year as the Florida Gators head coach. It was a move that irked those that felt a coach from a mid-major couldn’t possibly linger with the heavyweights, or at least cause an immediate impact.
All McElwain’s accomplished thus far is spring his Gators to No. 11 in the AP poll at 6-0.
On the subject of the Sunshine State, the Southeastern conference is precisely a dogfight when it comes to recruiting. Given the entire core is jammed within a tight circumference, renowned high school athletes from the state of Florida can seemingly choose among their pick of the litter.
Brohm’s been affixed with enticing Floridans to play at Western Kentucky with seven on the roster since he took over in 2014, not to mention the offensive playmakers in nearly its entirety is comprised of athletes from down south: quarterback Brandon Doughty (Davie, FL), running back Leon Allen (Bradenton, FL), wide receivers Jared Dangerfield (West Palm Beach, FL) and Nicholas Norris (Miami, FL) and tight end Tyler Higbee (Clearwater, FL).
Although most weren’t recruited directly under Brohm, the end result and evidence of offensive success is a covert move to reel in fresh faces if the move to South Carolina is indeed in play.
With a chunk of the playmakers on offense gone next season for the Hilltoppers, it could be the necessary time to snag a larger opportunity for Brohm. Offensive struggles have been more than imminent for South Carolina and it’s certainly in need for a guru that can perhaps intertwine with the recent migration of “offense first” in the SEC.
It’s not an intricate process to grasp. Programs such as Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky (to name a handful) have transitioned and reverted to utilizing athletes on the offensive side of the ball. What was once a dull and conference fixated on a foundation of hard-nosed football has clandestinely modernized into state-of-the-art college football.
Rummage through potential candidates all you want but Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm could be the feasible benefactor for the South Carolina Gamecocks.