New South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a reputation for being one of the most fiery coaches in college football.
That’s one of the reasons why athletic director Ray Tanner hired him.
Yet one of the discussions Tanner had with Muschamp prior to naming him the 34th Gamecocks coach was about improving his sideline behavior. After that conversation, both sides had an understanding of what was expected out of Muschamp in his new position.
“There’s a huge difference being a head coach and a defensive coordinator,” Muschamp said during his introductory press conference. “As a head coach, you’re thinking through other situations — offense, special teams — and making those decisions as well as on defense. As a defensive coordinator, the focus is on one side of the ball and one side of the ball only. The demeanor could certainly change.”
Muschamp’s sideline antics were most noticeably on display during this year’s Iron Bowl when the Auburn defensive coordinator showed his displeasure with some of the officiating.
As a former coach, Tanner understands from where Muschamp’s energy stems.
However, while Muschamp must maintain his composure as a head coach, Tanner appreciates the enthusiasm.
“We had a serious, lengthy conversation. I get it. I’ve been there, and it’s not perfect. I was concerned during the conversation I may have been a little bit too firm,” Tanner explained.
“All coaches want what Coach Muschamp brings to this program with his passion and enthusiasm, we talked about it extensively, and certainly he understands where we are.”