COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp was all smiles before the Gamecock Club meeting at Williams-Brice Stadium on Tuesday night.
“I thought we had a good spring. I really like the direction and vision of the program,” he said. “The new operations facility is coming on. Our living facility, 650 Lincoln – having some recruits on campus this [last] weekend really puts it into perspective.
“The compliments you get from parents and recruits about the living situation, our beautiful campus [about] the operations building coming along with the indoor [practice facility], which is one of the nicest ones in the country.
“There’s a lot of positives going on and I credit coach [Ray] Tanner and the vision we have in our program right now. We’re investing in our student-athletes and that’s what people want to see.”
Muschamp was asked about a handful of topics before he addressed the gathering of boosters in Columbia.
On removing kickoffs
“It’s an exciting play. I like Deebo Samuel returning kicks. It’s an exciting play. I think, obviously, player safety is of the utmost importance, so I understand that part of it. I think that, maybe, moving it up to the 40 [yard line], some people talking in terms of that. I think that would be a good idea. That’s an exciting play in football.”
On campus during Maymester
“We’re going to probably have about 50 on campus during May. A lot of guys, about 25 guys are doing internships here in Columbia, then some of the other guys are in school and rehabbing an injury, something like that. We’ll start with the summer program June 5.”
Health of the team
“I believe, when we start camp — we report Aug. 2, right now, we would be full-speed, other than Chad Terrell. Chad Terrell, we’re looking at first of September. We’ll see how that goes.”
The rest of the 2018 signees
“The last week of May, we’ve got orientation for those guys and everybody is set to come on.”