South Carolina coach Will Muschamp repeated on the SEC coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday that 20 seniors would be recognized during the Senior Day ceremony on Saturday.
There are 19 seniors listed on the school’s official web site, including linebacker Skai Moore, who’s been out all season recovering from neck surgery.
It was first-reported by TheBigSpur that wide receiver Jamari Smith, a redshirt junior, would transfer after graduating in December. However, Muschamp would not confirm the transfer, telling reporters that Smith is committed to South Carolina.
During the coaches’ call, David Cloninger of The State tweeted about South Carolina’s Senior Day policy.
Senior list will not be available until Saturday, USC says.
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) November 16, 2016
The importance of 6 wins
Muschamp was also asked on Wednesday about the importance of bowl eligibility, especially for a team as young as his.
“Anytime you get extra time – football is a developmental game,” he said “It’s not like basketball, where you just go out there and play 1-on-1. Baseball, you can go hit in the batting cage. Football, you’ve got to play in the game.
“You’ve got to be able to put the pads on and go develop and play. That’s why having extra time to prepare is essential for you moving forward, and we certainly need it.”
The Gamecocks first-year coach spoke about the prospect of having video review systems on college football sidelines in 2017, which would allow coaches to coach off of, like the NFL is allowed.
Based on his experience in the NFL, Muschamp thinks any sort of aid, video or pictures, would help players and coaches.
“To be able to show ax example to a player, from a video standpoint or a still-shot standpoint, it’s always good to be able to learn off that,” he said, “Because everything is so visual now, as far as how guys learn. I think it’s going to help our game and help our coaching.”