Game-changer: South Carolina’s new football operations building will ‘wow’ recruits | PostandCourier.com

COLUMBIA — He’s said it so many times since the plans were first presented that it became the de facto name.

“Game-changer.”

It has an official name, approved two weeks ago by the South Carolina Board of Trustees. Cyndi and Kenneth Long, each USC alums and longtime boosters, will have their names etched before “Family Football Operations Center” in December when the $50 million, 110,000 square-foot building is completed.

Yet Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp’s tag for it, and what he envisions for its purpose, remains unchanged.

It’s a game-changer.

“When a young man and his family come on our campus, they see what we’re building, and they see that we’re serious about winning a championship,” Muschamp said. “In order to win a championship, you’ve got to spend money. That’s what we’re committed to doing.”

The gleaming new Long Center stands to the west of Williams-Brice Stadium, where visitors (recruits) can visit Muschamp in his office and gaze across Gamecock Park to the stadium where they could someday play. Potential players will only get there after journeying through a palace of new locker rooms, dining areas, a player lounge and interactive displays showing off the program’s past, where they can then tell Muschamp what he hopes to hear.

“Where do I sign, coach?”

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