Year one of the Will Muschamp era at South Carolina continues with its first stop in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days.
The Gamecocks’ head coach will probably hear many of the same questions as he makes the rounds on Thursday — specifically, ones related to his quarterbacks.
Here are a few questions Muschamp is likely to be asked on Thursday at SEC Media Days, along with our educated guess at his answers.
Where does your quarterback battle stand, before the start of camp?
What he’ll probably say: “We have four candidates and it’s a wide-open race. Each guy brings a unique set of qualities to the table that can help us win football games. We have over a month before any decisions have to be made about who our starting quarterback will be.”
What he should say: “Even if it is Vanderbilt, no coach in their right mind wants to start a freshman quarterback on the road in the season opener. Perry Orth is the starter, but we’re going to play more than one quarterback on Sept. 1.”
With Skai Moore out for the season, how does your team account for his production at linebacker?
What he’ll probably say: “Skai Moore has been a very good football player for the University of South Carolina, but we have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football for the Gamecocks. T.J. Holloman, Jonathan Walton, Larenz Bryant and Bryson Allen-Williams will do a good job for us.”
What he should say: “We have some experienced guys we can count on to play linebacker, which is nice. But, I mean, come on. The dude was going to be the best player on our team this year. This sucks.”
How difficult is it following a legend like Steve Spurrier?
What he’ll probably say: “Coach Spurrier and his wife Jerri have been extremely accommodating since my family and I moved Columbia, but he’s also made it clear that this is my team and he doesn’t want to interfere with the job that’s ahead of my staff and I.”
What he should say: “I went down this road when I was at Florida, following coach (Urban) Meyer, who was a legend in Gainesville. That didn’t go well, so this isn’t going to be easy.”
Is it true that you’re already on the hot seat in Columbia?
What he’ll probably say: “I haven’t even coached a game, so I hope not. Regardless, it’s my understanding that I have the full support of our university’s president, Harris Pastides, athletic director, Ray Tanner and our Board of Trustees.”
What he should say: “Have you ever been to Columbia in July? It’s been 100 for like a week down there. It’s hot as hell.”
You said in the spring South Carolina is headed to Atlanta. Is a trip to the SEC title game the goal?
What he’ll probably say: “We’ll have our work cut out for us, but that’s what we’re trying to do this year. That’s what we’re trying to do every year.”
What he should say: “What am I supposed to tell our guys? ‘Let’s just try to win six and make a bowl game’ doesn’t exactly fire up the troops.”