COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Below are updates from Muschamp’s sit-down:
1:02 p.m. — “Jim McElwain and his staff have done a fantastic job since they’ve been there. Offensively, Luke Del Rio was injured … hate to see that for a young man … Jim McElwain, wherever he’s been, has had success offensively.”
1:03 p.m. — “We have our work cut out for us, defensively, especially in the two-back run game.”
1:04 p.m. — “They’ve got some depth up front (on defense), I know they’ve had some injuries, but they’ve got some depth.”
1:06 p.m. — Muschamp said the final hurdle has been cleared for construction of the football operations facility. “It’s an exciting time in Gamecock football. I’m excited about where we are and I’m excited about where we’re heading. That’s going to be huge for us moving forward.”
1:07 p.m. — Muschamp said they’ll plan to make adjustments in-game, given the unknowns at quarterback for Florida.
1:07 p.m. — “Nothing changes, as far as the work week is concerned … we’ll cross that bridge when we get to Gainesville,” Muschamp said, when asked about the emotions he’ll have on Saturday.
1:08 p.m. — “I think, more than anything, when you’re familiar with a player you’ve coached before — unfortunately, I know they’re really good — you know the strengths and weakness … it’s a player’s game. It’s going to come down to the players making plays on Saturday.”
1:10p.m. — Muschamp said it’s a skill to be able to motivate players while developing them at the same time. Travaris Robinson “does a fantastic job” of being the coach and being their friend, their brother and/or their father.
1:12 p.m. — “Our guys, it’s about focusing in on the game and what they need to do,” Muschamp said when asked about the player’s focus for Florida, as it relates to his history.
1:13 p.m. — “That’s one thing I’ve learned, don’t look at social media much.”
1:15 p.m. — “That relationship was outstanding. (Spurrier) was very helpful to me during my time at Florida … was really very supportive to me and I was always appreciative of that, because he didn’t have to do that.”
1:16 p.m. — Muschamp believes Perry Orth, T.J. Holloman and Mason Zandi are among the top candidates on the team for the ‘Most Likely to Become President’ superlative.
1:18 p.m. — “We need to stay balanced. We can’t get into a one-dimensional game, because they have great (pass) rushers as well … you’ve got to be able to stay with (the run).”
1:23 p.m. — “No different than you coach against people that you worked with multiple years and your families are close with. On game days, nobody is going to be more competitive than me,” Muschamp said on playing against guys he coached/recruited.
1:24 p.m. — “We didn’t convert one of the third-down situations … but I think we have to have some variety, short-yardage-wise with what we’re doing.”