We talked to former USC offensive line coach and running game coordinator Eric Wolford today. It was his first interview since he left USC last week to take over as the head coach at Youngstown State. Wolford is a native of Ohio and he the job gives him the opportunity to be a head coach at 38 years old.
AUDIO: Former USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford
It is worth taking a listen to Wolford as he had some very interesting things to say. You can tell why the Gamecocks were so high on Wolford and his style. He only spent one year in Columbia but he quickly became a valued member of the staff both as a on the field coach and a recruiter.
Among some of the more noteworthy comments from Wolford was just how hard it was to take the job. He said he was talking to Spurrier on the phone thirty minutes before he was announced as the Penguins head coach and he was going back and forth on whether or not he should take the job. Spurrier has said publicly that he thinks Wolford should have stayed put but Wolford said today that he respectively disagrees with that assessment.
Wolford also said he expects all seven of the offensive line commitments for USC to hold firm and sign with the Gamecocks. He also said he expects USC to compete for an SEC title in the next few years. He said Spurrier is the best coach he’s ever worked under.