Steve Spurrier’s success at South Carolina has been well documented, but first-year coach Will Muschamp has veered toward a different approach in at least one aspect.
Muschamp has employed a larger football staff.
“(Alabama coach) Nick Saban started the idea of hiring so many office people,” Spurrier said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, according to a coachingsearch.com report. “I don’t know how many they’ve got, but I know at South Carolina, we’ve got about 12 more than when I was there, in one year. That’s the way it is in recruiting. It’s more year-round football than it was several years ago.”
Muschamp has augmented the student life segment of the staff, and the official South Carolina football directory lists 32 members, including Muschamp and his assistant coaches. Seven of the 32 are analysts.
The staff additions represent a shift to the 365-day approach college football seems to be adopting. Spurrier says he used to be able to golf for four months, but the free time for coaches is shrinking.
“I think it really gave me some longevity, getting away from it during the summer,” Spurrier said. “I only played golf about four months a year, and then I was tired of golf, and you’re ready to jump into football right there at the end of July. That’s the way I did it. I think you can burn out if you do 11 months of football.”