COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The band is back together!
With Marcus Satterfield being hired as South Carolina’s new offensive coordinator, he joins forces with his old friend and new Gamecocks head football coach, Shane Beamer.
“When we stopped working together 20 years ago, we didn’t think it would take this long to get back together,” said Satterfield.
Shane Beamer reunites with Marcus Satterfield after time spent on the same staff as graduate assistants at Tennessee in the early 2000s.
“I was a little nutty,” Satterfield reflected. “I still am. You could tell Shane was built to be a head coach.”
Carolina provides Beamer his first chance to run the show. Through unforeseen circumstances, Satterfield leaves his NFL gig in Charlotte to become the offensive coordinator in Columbia.
“I want people to know we’re going to play an exciting brand of football,” emphasized Satterfield.
It’s a brand akin to styles at his last two stops, Baylor in the Big 12 and the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. Satterfield considers Matt Rhule, the head coach for each of those teams, to be the biggest influencer in his coaching development.
“How he invests in his guys,” said Satterfield. “How 24/7 he’s there for them. The players know he’s there for them. I think that’s something I’ll always take with me.”
He carries that experience and the knowledge gained coaching the O-line in Carolina alongside Panthers’ OC Joe Brady.
“Try to maximize our personnel,” said Satterfield. “The cool thing about our offense is we can move people all over the field. Wherever we can get people to create mismatches, which is what Joe, I learned a lot from him this year being able to get in different formations.”
Expect Oklahoma’s blueprint on offense to work its way into the Gamecock playbook. After all, Beamer did just leave Sooner Land for Gamecock Nation.
“When you watch them, they are very deliberate in the run game and play-style, then all a sudden they’ll mix their tempos,” mentioned Satterfield. “I think anytime you can mix and change tempos is a huge advantage for you.”
Most importantly, Satterfield loves the newly assembled Gamecocks’ staff.
“They are really smart,” Satterfield said. “I try like heck to keep up with them. They have a chip on their shoulder, ready to prove to people that we can do special things here.”