Muschamp: Decision-Making At Florida "Could Have Been Better"

Will Muschamp discussed South Carolina's upcoming season, as well as his coaching journey

The DA Show
August 19, 2019 - 12:50 pm
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Will Muschamp dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss South Carolina’s upcoming season, as well as his coaching journey over the last decade and beyond.

Muschamp, of course, served as defensive coordinator at LSU, Auburn and Texas and is in the midst of his second head-coaching stint in the SEC. He coached at Florida from 2011-14 and is entering his fourth season at South Carolina.

During that time, he has certainly evolved as a head coach.

“You live and learn in all professions,” Muschamp said on The DA Show. “Certainly being a head coach, if you haven’t been one before, you think you’ve got all the answers until you sit behind the desk and realize all the different decisions that affect everybody in your organization every single day. So certainly I’m much better than I was year one, but that’s natural. I don’t now that philosophically we’ve changed our approach and how we recruit and how we coach and how we develop players in all three phases, our offseason program – none of those things have really changed.”

Muschamp, 48, went 28-21 at Florida. His best season in Gainesville came in 2012, when he went 11-2. However, he went 10-13 combined the next two seasons. 

“Obviously some decision-making on my part could have been better at Florida,” Muschamp said. “I think we’ve made some better decisions here as far as moving our program in the right direction, and I think it’s pretty evident. We’ve won more games than any other staff has in three years. We’re excited about our future.”

Muschamp is 22-17 at South Carolina, including 16-10 over his last two seasons.

“The ball doesn’t change. The X’s and O’s, that doesn’t change. That’s the easy part,” Muschamp said, chuckling. “It’s just managing your staff, it’s managing your roster, it’s hiring the right coaches, it’s hiring the right fits, and I certainly think I’ve done that here. I think we have a really good staff here.”

Muschamp called offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson “two of the better young coaches in our profession”

“Just top to bottom as far as everything in our program, I’m very pleased with where we are,” Muschamp said. “Now we’ve got to continue to fight to keep these people. This past offseason and the year before last, a lot of people have come after our coaches, which is a good thing. That means you’ve got quality people in your organization. So (it’s about) just surrounding yourself with the right people that are on the same page with you philosophically on what you want to do to be successful.”

South Carolina opens the season against North Carolina on Aug. 31. Kickoff from Charlotte is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.