When Steve Spurrier abruptly resigned as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks this week, we’d imagine Dallas Cowboys’ special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia’s ears perked up.
Bisaccia coached in several different capacities for the Gamecocks from 1988-1993 before moving onto rival Clemson, where he stayed until 1998, and he’s never made any secret of the fact that he’d like to be a head coach.
“I’ll say what I’ve always said: I have aspirations certainly of being a head coach,” Bisaccia said when asked about South Carolina this week, per Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Bisaccia, who is in his third season with the Cowboys, won’t have any trouble finding a letter of recommendation if he does get an interview. Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, who worked under Bisaccia in Tampa Bay in the early- to mid-2000s, made that much clear.
“He’s a good manager,” Brooks said. “He can relate to any player in any situation. By being special teams coordinator, he touches every aspect of a team, and you have to touch every aspect of a young man’s life when you lead them in college. Obviously, the number of years he’s spent in college prior to going to the NFL, being in the SEC, that background, plus being a part of a championship organization [in Tampa] and being in Dallas on the opposite end of the spectrum, with the Bucs being here and the Cowboys being there in terms of value of teams and exposure, he’s been able to see all that.
“I just know with his personality, if I’m a kid and he’s sitting in my room, I can play for him. That’s what I will tell my son, who’s in high school and being recruited now. My son will make his own decision, but Rich Bisaccia is a man I would want my son to play for in college.”