Will Muschamp: 'I've not met one high school coach that is for any of this'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 31, 2017


A common theme at the SEC spring meetings is how the coaches don’t like several of the new rule changes. We know that. But Will Muschamp has a unique perspective, with a brother who is a high school coach in Atlanta.

Multiple SEC coaches questioned how early signing could affect high schools that play into December, and early visits could affect high school spring practice. Not to mention the IAWP rules limit job opportunities for high school coaches.

My brother is a high school coach. I’ve not met one high school coach that is for any of this legislation,” Muschamp said. “I don’t know if they were even discussed, and they’re an important component.

“… The worst thing we can do is cut off the feeder programs we have, as far as the high school programs sending (players) to college. That’s what we’ve done in a sense. They’re not happy about it. You’ve got guys getting ready for spring practice their junior year, and you’ve got a young man taking a visit on a college campus during the weekend? He hasn’t even finished six semesters of high school. So academically, where is he? I don’t think it’s very smart.”

Muschamp added, “You have a guy making a huge decision in his life and my brother is getting ready to play a state championship game? I don’t think that’s what we want.”

The changes were put in one package and approved by a majority of FBS head coaches back at the AFCA Convention in January. The move made the football model more similar to the basketball model, but Muschamp said many don’t like the basketball model anyway. There are fewer players in hoops, and not much recruiting of committed players.

But the South Carolina football coach kept coming back to what it means for high schools.

“I think when you shun high school football coaches, that’s not a good thing to do,” he said. “I don’t think that’s very smart.”

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.