South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and UGA coach Kirby Smart will face off in their first SEC East rivalry game against each other on Oct. 8. The two both played for the Bulldogs and coached on the same staff twice, but Muschamp is not letting that relationship take any pleasure out of a potential win over UGA.
“Honestly, I don’t really like the competition with friends and people that you’ve been with,” Muschamp told ESPN.com’s Greg Ostendorf. “You spend a lot of time with these men coaching with them and you become close.
“But there’s no doubt on that day, I’m looking forward to whippin’ his ass, and he’d probably say the same thing about me.”
Muschamp is wasting no time igniting the rivalry with Smart that was headlined for 11 seasons by their predecessors — Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and Mark Richt at Georgia. The Bulldogs edged the Gamecocks 6-5 in the series during that time span, with both sides having their fair share of heartbreakers and embarrassments.
Given the history between Smart and Muschamp, the border battle should only intensify as each coach attempts to put a stamp on his respective program.
Muschamp helped get Smart his first coaching job at Valdosta State, but now the success of one could leave the other looking for new work in the future.
It should be fun.