Will Muschamp: 'If I can say Always or Never, I'm a pretty good coach'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 03, 2016


Will Muschamp is careful when describing tendencies to his players, because they’re going to go all-in on them.

South Carolina’s win over Tennessee last week got the Gamecocks to 4-4 this year, and Muschamp sat down with the SEC Network for some film review. He noted Tennessee had a run-pass tendency based on their tight ends, but that the Vols actually went away from those in the game.

“When you go into a game, there are some things you feel as a coach that you can count on,” Muschamp said on the show. “You have to be careful what you tell your players, because they take everything as an absolute. ‘This guy’s in the game, so this is what they do.’ You’ve got to be careful what you give the players throughout the week.

“We try to convince tendencies to matter of facts. If I can say ‘Always’ or ‘Never,’ I’m a pretty good coach. Either this always happens or this never happen. I don’t like to say it’s 70 percent, because the kid’s looking at you and they don’t do it, like, ‘I don’t know if coach is telling me.’”

The Gamecocks have already surpassed last year’s win total in Muschamp’s first season. The defense is No. 25 nationally in scoring.

Suddenly, South Carolina is in position for a potential bowl game, and when going over the effort on film, Muschamp dropped some good lines.

“Hustle is a habit. Either you do it or you don’t,” he said. “We do that every day in practice. If they don’t all run to the ball, we blow the whistle and do it again. We don’t believe in ‘We do it right, we do it light.’ We do it right or we do it again.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.