Will Muschamp gained a valuable lesson from Nick Saban about keeping strong assistants close.
On Wednesday, the South Carolina coach appeared on The Cube Show with Cole Cubelic and was asked about Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson following him from Florida to Auburn to South Carolina.
Muschamp produced a revealing answer. Check it out below, via CoachingSearch.com’s Chris Vannini.
“He and I believe the same things defensively, as far as what we want to be. Do we have our differences? Sure. It’s healthy for a staff to have good disagreements about what we want to do. At the end of the day, let’s agree to disagree, and let’s move forward in one direction. That’s what we do a lot. We’re very like-minded in evaluation of players, development and spring.
“When you see things alike and have healthy disagreements on what needs to happen, that happens with good staffs. When we were at LSU with Coach Saban, whether it was Jimbo Fisher, myself, there was great discussions, disagreements, that’s what good staffs do. As long as you’re on the same page when you walk out of the room, good things happen with you.”
That’s good stuff from Muschamp, and it’s a wise approach.
Certainly, it’s important for a head coach to keep close assistants who share a similar philosophy. But quality, productive discussions and disagreements are good for a program’s development as well.
It will be interesting to see how the Gamecocks defense develops next season. South Carolina finished the 2016 season sixth in the SEC in passing defense, eighth in scoring defense and ninth in rushing defense. There’s room for the unit to grow next fall.