The 2016 SEC Media Days have drawn to a close and, for the first time in a decade, fans of the South Carolina Gamecocks are wondering just how good the team can be with a new guy pacing the sidelines. Long-time head coach, Steve Spurrier, decided he could no longer perform up to standards and retired in the middle of last season. Along with him went the most success the South Carolina football program has ever seen: three 10-win seasons, an 11-win season, multiple Top-10 poll finishes, and its only SEC Championship Game appearance.
New Gamecock head coach, Will Muschamp, isn’t a completely unknown quantity. He was a high-paid, head-coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas, but ended up taking over the reins at the University of Florida before Texas coach, Mack Brown, ever retired. Four mixed-result seasons at Florida led the Gators to part ways with Muschamp. South Carolina hopes that their new coach can return to the winning form that made him a one-time rising star in college football.
The grueling SEC schedule doesn’t offer the Gamecocks much time to catch their breath. Muschamp holds an overall 28-21 head coaching record and a 17-15 conference mark. He was named SEC Co-Coach of the Year in 2012. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, next season is a box of chocolates for Gamecock fans. They have no idea what they’re going to get.