Early Bids ULM Farewell
Orlando Early, already at South Carolina and busy recruiting in earnest for the Gamecocks, made contact with Warhawk Nation on Saturday morning to discuss his move from ULM. Early reiterated his decision to leave his post at ULM after five years. Personally, it brings him closer to family in the region. Professionally, he's back in the SEC where he worked at Alabama prior to taking the ULM job. "I was fine at Monroe," Early said. "There was no pressure to go. Every year there though, someone has offered me an assistant's position and I turned it down. This time, it seemed like the right fit." Early crossed paths with South Carolina coach Darrin Horn, once a respected rival, often over the years. They were assistants in Conference USA and head coaches in the Sun Belt together. Horn discussed a job with Early two years ago when he landed at South Carolina and reached out again this offseason. This time, he offered the right combination of incentives. Asked if he would enjoy a raise with the move, Early said, "It's a very, very good financial package for me. It's comparable to what all the other top assistants in the SEC are making. Sometimes when you make a move from the Sun Belt to the SEC as a head coach to assistant coach, a lot of times the pay is better." Early said he leaves ULM a better man after tackling his first head coaching position. "No regrets at all," he said." I enjoyed my time in Monroe. I met a lot of great people and it was a heck of a learning experience. I wouldn't trade one moment. I wish them success. I'm sure they will hire a good guy to continue with what we've tried to build." Horn in his press conference this week said, "As head coach he did an unbelievable job at a place that is challenging. I know it's a league I was in but he was phenomenal, good enough that he was coach of the year one year." Horn also touted Early's experience and reputation as a recruiter. "It's a unique opportunity to continue to build our program," Horn said. "To add somebody to our staff that is a proven winner in every way, at every stop. (He's) a proven recruiter and (has) all the aspects that we want and need in order to strengthen our program. It becomes an unbelievable positive at this time for us to do that. It gives us the opportunity to get people in a position of strength."
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