For all of the momentum South Carolina has gained on the recruiting trail and in assembling a coaching staff, Will Muschamp won’t let it get to his head before playing a football game.
South Carolina went 3-9 under Steve Spurrier and Shawn Elliott in 2015, the Gamecocks’ worst mark since 1999.
In an interview with The State’s Josh Kendall, Muschamp explained that going into 2016, he has to realize there are only so many strides the team can make.
“We are also not too far removed from the greatest run in South Carolina history. Let’s be realistic about where we are and where we want to go. It’s our job to get us there,” Muschamp said.
“Coach Spurrier always used to say, ‘You are what your record is.’ We are 3-9. Let’s understand where we are, and what we need to do to get back to where we want to be.”
Among the problems Muschamp and his staff need to solve heading into next year is how to replace top receiver Pharoh Cooper, figuring out who will be the starting quarterback and how to turn around the Gamecocks’ defense, which was the worst in the SEC last year.
Muschamp understands tempering expectations, as he went 28-21 in four seasons at Florida and left on a low note.
His job is not only replacing a Hall of Fame-bound coach, but reviving a program that was taken down a notch in recent seasons.