Tanner: 'We got our man'

Tanner: 'We got our man'

Photos by Allen Sharpe

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Last year around this time, Ray Tanner talked with new Gamecock head football coach Will Muschamp about different things and the conversation struck a chord with South Carolina's Athletics Director. 

So much so that when asked why Muschamp was the "right fit" for the South Carolina job at his introductory press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday, Dec. 7, that particular conversation is what came to Tanner's mind. 

"It stuck with me," Tanner said. "Just the conversation and the tone."

That "right fit" is something that Tanner went into the coaching search for Steve Spurrier's replacement looking to find and he believes Muschamp fully fits that bill, particularly since for Tanner it was important that he found someone that considered South Carolina a destination-type job. 

"If you had been in my meeting with him, that was part of the process," Tanner said. "This was not the place where you stay for a little while and then you go somewhere else. This is a destination. I talked to him about his family, I talked to him about the coaches that are here now and I talked to him about my career and where we are at the University of South Carolina. It's a very special place with a tremendous fanbase and he understood and certainly he's in the same place with us."

Tanner also received many phone calls and texts after the announcement of the hire from some of Muschamp's former players telling him what a great decision he had made. 

Those texts and calls further emphasized to Tanner that he made the right decision. 

"Everyone says good things about him, from presidents down to his student-athletes," Tanner said. "That's very important to me."

Tanner like South Carolina fans everywhere is excited about what the future holds with Muschamp at the helm of Gamecock football. 

"I would say we got our man, we got a Gamecock," Tanner said. "Buckle up your seat belts and get on board."

**Story by Brian Hand/Photo by Allen Sharpe**