South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is confident in his team’s chances entering his third season.
During a recent Spurs Up Tour event, Muschamp gushed about the Gamecocks’ facilities and the direction of the football program.
“All of those things are top of the line,” Muschamp said via Matt Connolly of The State. “That’s for the first time ever, in my opinion, in South Carolina history. We’ve totally invested in our football program and that’s making a difference. That’s why we’ve recruited better, because recruits see the investment that we’re making in our university. And that’s what it takes to be successful.”
While Muschamp’s comments may seem dramatic, they are valid, given that the program saw its most success during the early 2010s.
South Carolina has made one SEC Championship Game appearance (2010) since joining the SEC in 1992 and holds a 108-175-5 all-time record in conference play. The Gamecocks’ only conference title came in 1969 as a member of the ACC.
However, there’s plenty of reasons for South Carolina fans to be optimistic after fielding the worst team in the SEC prior to Muschamp’s arrival.
Following a 3-9 overall (1-7 SEC) finish in 2015, the Gamecocks went 6-7 (3-5) in 2016 and 9-4 (5-3) in 2017.
South Carolina also ranked No. 19 overall (per 247Sports composite) for the 2018 national recruiting cycle, which was the first time the program ranked inside the top 20 since 2014.
Will the Gamecocks exceed lofty expectations in 2018? Only time will tell.