Ray Tanner isn’t afraid to admit he was a bit of a nervous wreck in Dallas as the final minutes of USC’s title game with Mississippi State wound down. Tanner is no stranger to pressure, but he said it was far worse sitting in the stands hoping the Gamecocks would hold on than it was standing in the dugout during the College World Series.
Tanner won two titles running the USC baseball team, but the USC women’s title Sunday was his first championship as the leader of the Gamecocks athletic department. He racked up quite a few frequent flier miles the past few weeks flying back and forth from California to New York and Phoenix to Dallas to keep up with the women and men’s teams. It made for some long days and nights and jet lag, but the exposure the school received making the deep tournament runs was well worth it for Tanner.
Tanner joined the SportsTalk crew Tuesday to discuss the success of of both USC basketball teams and other Gamecock athletic department news. You can take a listen to the interview below. Here are a few of the highlights.
- On the heels of the successful runs for Dawn Staley and Frank Martin, Tanner said he “absolutely” plans to present the USC Board of Trustees with a plan to make sure those two are secured long term for the future. Both could be getting new contracts soon.
- Tanner said it his hard to put a price tag on the amount of media attention the Gamecocks received the past few weeks. He said it is hard to to compare it to the baseball titles or the football run under Steve Spurrier, but did not deny it could be the biggest spotlight of Gamecocks athletics in the school’s history.
- Tanner said Staley is busy recruiting so the school will piggyback with the City of Columbia’s celebration and parade Sunday.
- Tanner also talked some football, confirmed that Coastal Carolina will be on the football schedule in 2018 and 2020. He also confirmed Chattanooga on the non-conference slate in 2018.
- Tanner said the addition of Justin King to help enhance USC’s brand and social media presence excites him. He compared King to a football coach that has a plan and works tirelessly to achieve it and get to the top.
Take listen to the entire interview below: