SI.com came out with a first-person profile of South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp today. It’s an interesting read, and if you have a few minutes, you should give it a read. Obviously, one of the things he addressed was the elephant in the room: getting hired at South Carolina despite his rocky tenure at Florida, where he went 28-21 despite an 11-2 record in 2012. Muschamp compared his Florida stint to a time when his SEC football hopes looked to be sidelined thanks to a ugly leg injury suffered while playing high school baseball as a junior.
I called off the shortstop, but it had been raining before the game, and so he slipped and fell, his shoulder colliding with my right leg. Somehow I still caught the ball before crumbling to the ground. But when it was all over my right leg jutted out perpendicular to my body and a large part of my tibia and fibula poked through my skin.
Yuck. Long story short, he was able to bounce back by walking on to Georgia and ended up getting a scholarship and becoming the team captain as a senior.
Now this probably won’t do much to sway Muschamp’s critics who point to his first head coaching tenure as a reason why he won’t succeed in Columbia. And they have a point: though Muschamp has vowed to "get back up" and move past the Florida days, they’ll need to see results on the football field to make their final read. The good news for him is that he’s facing lower expectations than he did down in Gainesville when he replaced Urban Meyer.
There’s a few other tidbits on there, including Muschamp taking responsibility for the "issue on offense" the Gators had, and what he’s learned from coaches like Nick Saban, Tommy Tuberville, and others. Again, a very interesting read and a way to get into the mind of a man that has a lot to prove in his second head coaching gig. You can’t fault Muschamp for saying all the right things thus far during his tenure, and I admire his resilient spirit, but it's a results-based business where your on-field performance speaks louder than what you tell the media. Come November 26, we’ll know whether or not Muschamp's positive words will have ultimately come to pass. Again, the piece is right here if you'd like to take a look.