COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bryson Allen-Williams could not help but to give a little laugh when talking about footage of Will Muschamp from his playing days.
“He had a little swagger out there,” Allen-Williams said.
The specific clip he and his South Carolina teammates saw was an interception Muschamp made during his career at Georgia. They watched the play on a highlight reel put together of all the coaches from their careers as players.
That was about two months ago in fall camp, but Sunday brings the matchup between Muschamp and the team he made those interceptions for as Georgia comes to Williams-Brice Stadium (2:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
On Tuesday, Muschamp recalled playing in the 1993 game between Georgia and South Carolina. He mentioned it being one of the hottest games he played in and South Carolina running back Brandon Bennett’s game-winning touchdown.
“It was a great win for South Carolina, at the time,” Muschamp said. “It certainly was not a good day for us – the guys between the hedges that day, those guys.”
Safety D.J. Smith said Muschamp had addressed how important the game is for the Gamecocks from a rivalry standpoint. But Smith also said he would bet it means more to Muschamp than just any normal game.
“If I was a coach and I played there, I would definitely want to beat the team that I graduated college from,” Smith said.
This week, Muschamp fielded plenty of questions about his time at Georgia, but more about his relationship with Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart. The pair were players at Georgia at the same time – Muschamp a senior when Smart was a freshman. They then were coaches together at Valdosta State, although Muschamp said they never had talks back then about being head coaches at this level.
“We were worried about stopping somebody,” he said. “We worked together on the defensive side of the ball. We were just trying to get off the field on third down.”
The pair also worked together at LSU when Muschamp was a defensive coordinator and Smart was his secondary coach.
Now, they will go against each other as head coaches in the SEC.
“It is what it is,” Muschamp said. “He is a good friend of mine. At the end of the day, it’s South Carolina and Georgia. I know it will be a great environment here. I know our fans will be ready to go regardless of what the weather is. They’ll be excited.”
And while it has been a few years since Muschamp suited up for Georgia, Allen-Williams joked that the Gamecocks coach still could suit up.
“He could probably play a little safety,” he said.