COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Monday afternoon to look ahead to Thursday night’s opener at Vanderbilt.
SEC Country will provide updates below, when Muschamp takes the podium at 1 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium.
12:41 p.m. — Rico McWilliams leaves the program: LINK
12:55 p.m. — South Carolina releases its first depth chart of the season: LINK
1:00 p.m. — Muschamp said they began on Vanderbilt prep last Thursday. They practiced this morning and will continue over the next two days.
1:01 p.m. — Muschamp confirms the McWilliams news and also said that WR Christian Owens will transfer.
1:03 p.m. — The quarterbacks still don’t know the decision. Muschamp said they’re still finalizing the decision, but said they have a pretty good idea. He also said 2 QBs will play against Vanderbilt.
1:06 p.m. — “I think all three (quarterbacks) have handled the situation very well. Seeing how they’ve supported each other … I’ve been overly impressed with all three guys.”
1:10 p.m. — When asked about the personality of the team, Muschamp first mentioned the experience along the offensive line. “I think, for our offense, that’s comforting for me.” On defense, he likes the veteran presence within the front seven.
1:13 p.m. — “There’s time when the urgency of our team needs to be better.”
1:15 p.m. — Muschamp likes the morning practice schedule, it helps keep players from staying in study hall until late. Said the players are starting to come around to liking it.
1:19 p.m. — When asked about shotgun vs. under center, Muschamp said they installed some under center stuff during camp. They’ll go under center when the situation dictates it. “Although we do practice it every single day, it’s concerning for that one snap. It’s normally a critical snap.”
1:20 p.m. — Elliott Fry will handle kickoffs
1:21 p.m. — Muschamp said Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb excels on the outside stretch run play.
1:23 p.m. — “As an American citizen,” Muschamp said he would be disappointed if one of his players didn’t stand during the National Anthem.