Will Muschamp is preparing for his second chance at being a head coach, so he knows to be sure before making any guarantees.
However, that did not stop the first-year South Carolina coach when he addressed Gamecock nation during a basketball game against Missouri on Saturday afternoon.
Muschamp introduced his coaching staff, thanked the South Carolina fan base and left those in attendance with one message: there’s a lot to look forward to.
“We’ve got a lot of work in front of us,” Muschamp said. “We have 228 days until we kickoff in Nashville. We have 244 days until we kick it off at Williams-Brice (Stadium) in front of the best fans in the country. But I can only guarantee one thing: we’re not going to get outworked.
“Spurs up,” Muschamp said as he walked away.
During the halftime speech, Muschamp introduced the fans to the entire South Carolina coaching staff.
That includes co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Bryan McClendon, defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, tight ends coach Pat Washington, strength coach Jeff Dillman, special team coordinator Coleman Hutzler, running backs coach Bobby Bentley, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper, and assistant head coach of defense and defensive line coach Lance Thompson.
In other words, the people Elliott felt were capable of bringing South Carolina its first national championship.
“I’d like to thank Gamecock nation for the warm welcome for myself, my family and this staff have received,” Muschamp said. “The most loyal fans in America, and I appreciate that … With coach (Ray) Tanner’s help, we assembled an outstanding staff. Make sure you understand who brings a championship to Columbia.”