What a difference a year makes for Will Muschamp and South Carolina.
A year after the Gamecocks were pegged to finish last in the SEC East, Muschamp and Co. went 6-7 in Muschamp’s first season, a big improvement over the 3-9 team he inherited. Quarterback Jake Bentley could become a household name among college football fans along with his talented offensive playmakers in Deebo Samuel and Hayden Hurst.
Muschamp was one of the last coaches to take the stage at SEC Media Days, but he was in one of the best moods compared to his counterparts.
“I’m really excited about our future. It’s great to be back,” Muschamp said at SEC Media Days, where he came off in a Steve Spurrier-like mood, cracking jokes and glowing about his team.
And fans seem to highly think of Muschamp, as he has fared well in the SEC Country approval ratings poll. In the poll’s latest installment, Muschamp came in at 84.8 percent, good for fourth among SEC coaches.
As for the recruiting trail, Muschamp continues to show that he can recruit with the best of them. The Gamecocks have the No. 7 recruiting class among SEC teams, up from eighth last month thanks to some new additions. South Carolina continues to trend up for blue-chip prospects such as Channing Tindall and Jaycee Horn.
Muschamp reportedly was paid $3 million in 2016. The Gamecocks open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 against North Carolina State in Charlotte, N.C.
Vote on Will Muschamp’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.