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247 Sports National college football writer Chris Hummer ranks South Carolina 25th in his way-too-early top 25 series.
South Carolina was one of the more pleasant surprised in 2017, and they could take another step forward in 2018, as Hummer notes. They return 12 starters this fall -- eight on offense, four on defense -- and one of them is talented junior QB Jake Bentley. "The defensive side of the ball is where South Carolina will truly be tested with seven starters departing," writes Hummer. "Three of the Gamecocks' four starting defensive linemen are gone. Fortunately for South Carolina, standout defensive end Dennis Wonnum (13 TFL) is back to anchor the group and edge defender Bryson Allen-Williams returns from injury." The SEC is always loaded, but if the defense holds and Bentley takes strides forward, they could contend for the SEC East. Feb 19 - 4:22 PM
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South Carolina signed HC Will Muschamp to a contract extension through the 2023 season.

Muschamp will make $4.2 million in 2018, with that mark bumping up by $200,000 annually. All told, if he remains with South Carolina for the length of this deal, he will be making $5.2 million for the 2023 campaign. It's a well-deserved extension for Muschamp, who took over a wreck of a 3-9 program abandoned by Steve Spurrier in 2015 and turned it around to the tune of 9-4 in 2017, just two seasons into the job.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 12 - 12:04 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp is pleased with the offseason work his Gamecocks have put in to date.

Muschamp is speaking specifically to his teams strength and conditioning work. "We need to get stronger as a team," he said. "The month of January, we lifted four days a week and really grinded the guys to improve and get stronger. I think we made some strides." South Carolina worked its way to a 6-6 record in the 2016 regular season before falling in bowl action to South Florida. "I really think offensively, we have some playmakers that can make big-time plays in our league. We need to continue to improve in some areas. I think the leadership is there. I think defensively we need to make some strides," Muschamp said. We would actually flip the needs on Champ, here, as South Carolina's defense played admirably for much of the season. The offense could most charitably be described as a work in progress.
Source: SEC Country
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 03:18:00 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp supports a rule change to the handling of redshirts.

During the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) convention in January, a rule change was proposed that would allow players to play up to four games in a given season while still retaining four years of eligibility. After four games played, the player would not be eligible for a redshirt in that campaign. Said Muschamp, "A lot of times, early in the year especially, you don’t know how a young man is going to continue to develop and I think that is a good rule."
Source: SEC Country
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 03:39:00 PM

The South Carolina-Georgia game has been rescheduled for Sunday because of Hurricane Matthew.

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp announced the news on his weekly radio show. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night. It will still be played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The kickoff time hasn't been announced quite yet.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 11:16:00 PM

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said that because of the forecast surrounding Hurricane Matthew, she "can't imagine" that Saturday's game between South Carolina and Georgia will be played as scheduled.

"I would love nothing more than to see this take a right-hand turn and go out to sea. As it looks right now, we’re looking at Friday afternoon into Saturday being pretty brutal," Haley announced. A state of emergency has been declared in advance of Matthew's arrival. It is not yet known what contingency plans might be in place should the game be canceled. In a statement, South Carolina said, "Once forecasts call for action, we will use all means necessary to inform the public." As currently scheduled, the Bulldogs and Gamecocks are set to kick off at 7:30 EST on Saturday night.
Source: The State
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 05:36:00 PM

South Carolina has beaten Vanderbilt 11 consecutive times.

Plenty of fun stats to throw around courtesy of ESPN's Edward Aschoff. The Gamecocks have not only beaten Vanderbilt in 11 straight showdowns, they have done so in 14 of the last 16. Overall, they hold a 21-4 record. Of any FBS team that it has faced at least 25 times, South Carolina's .840 winning-percentage against Vandy is its best. The Commodores have scored more than 17 points just five times in the series history. Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason and crew will have a chance to turn history on its head when they kick off against South Carolina at 8:00 PM EST Thursday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 02:40:00 PM

South Carolina reported 23 violations of NCAA or SEC rules in the past year.

Of those infractions, nine involved the football team, six of them occurring since Will Muschamp was named head coach. Only one of the infractions was classified higher than a minor Level III. Some of them were pretty ticky-tack, like former HC Steve Spurrier telling the media that the daughter of a former NFL player was visiting campus or a quality control coordinator using a headset while in the press box to talk with the coaches on the field. If the NCAA penalizes the Gamecocks, it shouldn't be much more than a slap on the wrist.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 05:24:00 PM

In a column he penned for Sports Illustrated's Campus Rush, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp admitted that his offense at Florida failed to meet expectations.

"We did a lot of good things at Florida, had good kids in the locker room," Muschamp noted. "We played strong defense and special teams. We simply had an issue on offense and that comes back on me." He went on to write that one of the secret side benefits of taking the Auburn defensive coordinator gig for 2015 was that it allowed him to watch HC Gus Malzahn's offensive mind at work. Muschamp called him a "heck of an offensive coach" and wrote that "to see the tempo of his scheme was an important experience." Since joining the Gamecocks, he has "[tried] to spend as much time with the offense as [he] can." South Carolina is looking to rebound from a lost 3-9 season.
Source: Campus Rush
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 01:10:00 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said, "I'm pulling for [Auburn] to be successful."

"[New DC Kevin Steele] will do a good job and [DL coach Rodney Garner] and [LB coach Travis Williams] and those guys, they’ll do a really good job," Muschamp said. He left the Tigers for South Carolina's head coaching gig in December. Old ties die hard, though. Muschamp even referred to Auburn as "we" rather than "they" at one point, saying that "[w]e just have to get some more linebackers involved. Tre [Williams] and those guys. I think Darrell [Williams] and those guys are certainly capable. I think they’ll be improved, sure." Under Muschamp's watch last season, the Tigers allowed an average of 26 points per game.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, May 31, 2016 05:48:00 PM

South Carolina HC Will Muschamp spoke positively of his team's mental makeup heading into spring practice.

"We haven’t even talked about a depth chart yet," Muschamp said. "It’s just about getting guys to display the amount of effort, toughness and discipline we need in the program. That’s all we’re looking for and none of that takes talent. Just play hard and do it in the right way." Expect to hear this spiel from Muschamp quite a bit over the coming year. He already used similar lines when addressing the crowd at a basketball contest between the Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers in January. Credit where credit is due, Muschamp's doing a nice job of acting as politician, spinning attention away from the fact that South Carolina's coming off a disastrous 2015 campaign in which they went 3-9. So yes, hard work, hard work, moving forward, all of that good stuff. Said Muschamp, "The misconception is the season doesn’t start until September. No, it doesn’t. It started in January when we had our team meeting on Jan. 10."
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 02:02:00 PM

During halftime of the basketball showdown between South Carolina and Missouri, Gamecocks' HC Will Muschamp said, "I can only guarantee you one thing. We're not going to get out-worked."

Muschamp--who signed a five-year, $16 million contract with South Carolina in early December--was introduced on the court along with his staff. This will be his first head coaching gig since Florida fired him in late autumn, 2014. He spent the last season serving as Auburn's defensive coordinator. In addition to being introduced on court, he also (not on court) offered an update on redshirt sophomore freshman DE Shameik Blackshear, who's recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered outside an apartment complex in the middle of December. Said Muschamp, "[The doctors] believe [he'll play again]," before adding, "let’s just worry about the young man’s health at this time."
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 07:19:00 PM

South Carolina signed Auburn DC Will Muschamp to a five-year, $16 million contract to be their next head coach.

Muschamp replaces Steve Spurrier, who resigned mid-season. He immediately went about setting expectations in the stratosphere. Said Muschamp, "The ceiling is limitless. We're about winning championships here." We've heard this kind of rhetoric before, when Muschamp was first hired as Florida's head coach in 2011. He held a 28-21 record with the Gators before receiving his pink slip last winter and subsequently joining Auburn in the capacity of defensive coordinator.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Sports Illustrated reports that Auburn DC Will Muschamp will be hired as coach of South Carolina.

Muschamp is expected to be introduced Monday. It's a bit surprising that Muschamp is being given another SEC head coaching gig so soon after he failed at Florida, where he went 28–21 and 17–15 in SEC play. His pedigree is impressive, though, and it is for that reason that he's been tabbed as Steve Spurrier's successor.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 12:49:00 PM

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and Mark Schlabach of ESPN both report that Auburn DC Will Muschamp is a top contender for the open coaching job at South Carolina.

"Muschamp is gaining serious momentum as SC officials seem convinced Kirby Smart is headed to Georgia," Schlabach wrote. Muschamp spent the last year trying to turn around Auburn’s defense after an unsuccessful stint as the boss at Florida. Despite the flop, it was a certainty that he'd get another chance quickly. Not many in the sport are as respected for their defensive acumen.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 05:14:00 PM