“It’s different,” Long told Thomas Grant of The (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times and Democrat. “It’s very different. For the last four years coming to camp, I’ve been suiting up playing. But this year, it’s kind of different. You’re out there amongst players that you played with and coached that you played under. You’re now part of something special and at a different level. It’s kind of neat, but at the same time, it brings back memories.”
Working now with new wide receivers coach Lee Chambers and offensive coordinator Kevin Magouirk, Long’s unique insights into the MEAC should resonate with the team. There is little that he didn’t accomplish across a stellar career for South Carolina State.
As a three-year starter, Long led the program to three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, a 2009 Black College Football National Championship, a trio of FCS playoff berths and a 27-8 record — losing just one league match. He holds an astounding 14 school records. Prior to that, Long was a standout at South Carolina’s Gaffney High, where he contributed to three Class 4A championships in football and two in basketball.
That experience should come in handy for a squad seeking The Next Malcolm Long. After all, they’ve got The Actual Malcolm Long to go to for guidance. Derrick and Tedarius Wiley and Richard Cue would do well to listen closely. There may be no better guide toward what it takes to win in Orangeburg.