Speculation about the Gamecock football coaching staff has run rampant during the past few weeks. Some have pondered whether former Gamecock great Marcus Lattimore will be given a role with the program, while others such as Stephen Garcia and Syvelle Newton have openly campaigned (perhaps sarcastically, perhaps not) for positions on the staff.
While Muschamp appears to have a clear idea of who he wants to bring to Columbia, the speculation did get me wondering...what if South Carolina had a coaching staff made up entirely of former players?
Since South Carolina is coming off the Steve Spurrier Era, it's only fitting that Spurrier's players help the program transition into this new phase. Here is the all-Gamecock coaching staff:
Head Coach: Bruce Ellington
Smart, personable, well-liked, good with the media, graduated early while playing two sports in the SEC...there's no doubt that Bruce Ellington could run a college football program. Plus, Ellington could serve as wide receivers coach and the talent level on the staff basketball games would greatly improve.
Offensive Coordinator: Connor Shaw
Shaw may have been South Carolina's winningest quarterback, but he knows the importance of a well-rounded offense. With an NFL pedigree and a penchant for protecting the football, Shaw wouldn't be afraid to let his offense nickel and dime opponents all the way down the field.
Defensive Coordinator: Eric Norwood
With knowledge of defensive line and linebacker play, Norwood would be able to scheme against any offense thrown at him. His defenses would also know the value of the scoop-and-score, which made Norwood a star in Columbia.
Special Teams Coach: Ryan Succop
Succop knows the proper technique for punting and place kicking, while also having first-hand knowledge of how important it is to find quality special teams players. Succop would make sure to field units that would prevent kickers from ever having to make tackles.
Quarterback Coach: Dylan Thompson
A former two-star recruit who made it to the NFL after a record-setting season at South Carolina, Thompson developed as much as any quarterback in the Gamecock program. His calm demeanor would serve him well in educating young quarterbacks.
Offensive Line Coach: Garrett Chisolm
Any walk-on who can start in the trenches of the SEC has to have something special inside of him. Chisolm became a fixture on the Gamecock offensive line and would be able to find the diamonds in the rough that could keep South Carolina's signal-callers upright.
Defensive Line Coach: Melvin Ingram
Ingram would likely favor an athletic front four rather than a defensive line full of space-eaters, meaning the Gamecocks would wreak havoc in opposing backfields. Don't be surprised if Ingram also lobbies Coach Succop for some trick plays in the special teams department.
Linebacker Coach: Shaq Wilson
Wilson already has coaching experience, having served on the Gamecock staff for the past two seasons. One of the smartest defensive players South Carolina has had, Wilson understands the nuances of the position.
Secondary Coach: Victor Hampton
Defensive backs must have a short memory and an overwhelming sense of confidence. No one could instill those virtues in a unit more than Hampton. Also, the celebrations after deflections and interceptions would be phenomenal.
Recruiting Coordinator: Marcus Lattimore
So, you're a high school football player who is interested in South Carolina? How would you like to be courted by one of the greatest Gamecocks of all-time and one you likely watched play as you were growing up? Game-changer. Also could coach running backs.
Strength Coach: D.J. Swearinger
Jungle Boi. Enough said.