Thursday wasn’t Will Muschamp’s first rodeo.
South Carolina’s first-year head coach has done the whole SEC Media Days song and dance five times now, the first four coming during his tenure at Florida.
On Thursday, Muschamp looked comfortable, sounded confident and spoke succinctly about his expectations as Steve Spurrier’s successor at South Carolina.
He was relatable, speaking with an almost friendly tone. He was funny, too. It wasn’t Spurrier trolling Tennessee and Georgia funny, but still good enough to get a nice, genuine laugh out of a room full of reporters.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and DawgNation’s own Chip Towers had a role in one of the exchanges.
Towers: “Just wondering…”
Muschamp: “You haven’t aged at all.”
Towers: “Thank you. Neither have you.”
Muschamp: “Not like these guys.”
That wasn’t even the first one. Muschamp came out firing before the first question could even be asked by Bob Holt, a longtime columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Muschamp: “You don’t have to stand, Bob.”
Holt: “I have to … It’s like a presidential address.”
Muschamp: “Sankey is really strict, man.”
Take that, commissioner Greg Sankey.
What did he do? Well, nothing, really.
Perhaps that was Muschamp’s way to help ease some of the uneasy feelings that most folks in that room have about him and his new football program.
Was he anticipating some tough questions? Probably, but he’d already heard them all during his first few months on the job in Columbia.
None of the topics facing Muschamp and South Carolina in 2016 are as serious as the social issues surrounding LSU and Ole Miss. When other coaches like Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze had to stay on the defensive, Muschamp could keep things light.
Credit Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams with an assist to his former defensive coordinator.
Earlier in the week, Adams shared an anecdote about Muschamp breaking a finger last season. Apparently, the former Auburn defensive coordinator couldn’t care less about a broken finger. At least he cares a little more about the digit than he does the media’s preseason poll.
Muschamp’s players didn’t do too bad either.
After they were finished making the rounds, Zandi almost broke the Internet with his HBC tribute trip to Arby’s.
South Carolina won the press conference. Now, can they win a few more?