Q. Will, what was it that you saw in Kurt Roper as — at Florida that made you want to bring him back to South Carolina?
SOUTH CAROLINA COACH WILL MUSCHAMP: Well, I look at the development of the quarterback position, and obviously some guys at Duke and at Ole Miss, and the short-term development of a guy like Treon Harris. I thought he did a really good job of giving us an opportunity late in the year as far as that’s concerned. So, that, number one.
Number two, I think he’s a really good play-caller on game day. I think in a year of transition, under the circumstances, we were in our last year in understanding what was at stake, which he understood what he was getting into. I thought he did a really good job. We averaged 32 points a game. We played extremely well at times in the season and at sometimes still had deficiencies in some areas.
Second to last thing, he’s a great staff guy. He’s an easy guy to work with. He’s a guy that you enjoy going to work with every day in the building. He’s got a wonderful wife and kids, and he’s a wonderful father.
So, I think all of those things combined make it a really simple hire for me. Also, he coached Connor Shaw at the Cleveland Browns this past year. Connor Shaw endorsed him to the South Carolina people as far as a coach, a technician, and a guy that’s certainly going to help us move forward.
And we’re very similar schematically to what Coach Spurrier was before. There’s a lot of similarities, a lot of carry-over because of Shawn and because of like-minded thinking as far as Coach Roper is concerned. So I think that’s made our transition offensively much smoother than maybe my situation before.