South Carolina introduced Will Muschamp as its new head coach on Monday. The former Auburn defensive coordinator and Florida coach discussed several topics while addressing the media, and SEC Country has rounded up some of the highlights.
Check them out below:
- South Carolina president Harris Pastides: “You can’t spell Muschamp without USC-champ”
- Former Gamecocks players Marcus Lattimore and Ken Wheat were a part of the coaching search committee
- During the search committee, the word “integrity” was at the top of the list
- Athletic director Ray Tanner was impressed with Muschamp’s defensive background — “There are lot of teams that can score points and can’t stop teams from scoring. I don’t think you’d question what Coach Muschamp brings on the defensive side of the ball”
- Muschamp met with the team on Sunday night and got the offense pretty excited
- Tanner pinpointed Muschamp’s defensive coaching and recruiting ability
- Muschamp said he met with current staff members Sunday night. “Hire best guys for us, right fit for us, best coach for us and best fit for South Carolina.” He said there is no timetable on when open positions will be filled.
- No other staff decisions have been made official yet
- On recruiting: “Most important thing is to get the state back.” Muschamp said he has also reached out to current South Carolina commits.
- On his sideline behavior: “Demeanor could certainly change”
- Muschamp when asked a question about Clemson’s success: “We’re just going to focus on the University of South Carolina”
- On leaving Auburn: “We made tremendous improvements as the year went on. We added some very good players to the program. I hate that they’re going to through a change at defensive coordinator. But it’s a great situation there. Gus (Malzahn) does a fantastic job. It hurts that I can’t continue to move forward, but I’m excited about the opportunity here.”
- On what he’s learned about offense: “We still need be more productive, and that falls on my shoulders. We want to snap the ball as much as possible and score as many points as we can.”
- On relationships with former Gamecocks players: “The experience these guys have playing at Williams-Brice and at the University of South Carolina, to me, to build that bridge with those guys and this team. They’re going to constantly talk to the team about their experiences at South Carolina is important to me, and possibly have former South Carolina players on the staff in some form or fashion is really important.”