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After eight years as state attorney general, Henry McMaster has a new occupation of sorts -- house-training Boots.

Boots is the young English bulldog that he and his wife, Peggy, bought before he left office.

"I got to get the dog outside; he's looking like he might do something," chuckled McMaster during a phone interview.

Apart from Boots, McMaster, 63, doesn't know what his next major move will be, although he is among those being mentioned for the dean's position at USC's law school.

"I have not decided on anything except that I will be in Columbia," McMaster said. "There're a lot of nice people, colleagues and friends who I've been talking to about a variety of things."

He predicted he will continue to be involved in public life in some way. "There's too much that needs to be done," he said.

McMaster, a former head of the S.C. Republican Party and a U.S. attorney for South Carolina, decided last year to run for the Republican nomination for governor rather than attorney general.

He was beaten by now-Gov. Nikki Haley in the GOP primary.