The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Despres a letter in August claiming his presence with the publicly funded institution violated constitutional mandates. Muschamp said that had nothing to do with his decision to part ways with Despres.
“Any decision I make they (the FFRF) have zero input, I can assure you of that,” Muschamp said. “We are expanding our spiritual development program. I’ve retained Andre Goodman cause Andre’s a former Gamecock. He’s done a fantastic job in what I call beyond football.”
Muschamp’s beyond football program aims to assist athletes with things outside of football such as managing finances and conducting themselves properly off the field.
The first-year coach also discussed the NCAA’s ruling that restricted former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore from joining his staff due to a conflict of interest and an unfair recruiting advantage that stemmed from his personal foundation. Muschamp said he understood the NCAA’s decision and will abide by it.
Most importantly, Muschamp wanted to dispel what he called “misinformation” floating around the program.
“It’s all about the student-athlete for me, but I wanted to make sure I cleared up anything that was… A lot of misinformation out there, that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
The Gamecocks wrapped up spring practice two weeks ago with their annual Garnet and Black Spring Game. Muschamp said the Gamecocks are entering the summer break with plenty of positive momentum.
“(There’s) Just a really good, positive feeling about our football team right now. We’re in a good place and we need to continue to progress.”