South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp has big plans for Thanksgiving. He spoke about them with the glowing joy usually reserved for mom’s mashed potatoes and apple pie.
“We’ve got practice in the morning,” Muschamp said. “We’ll be in here early. It’s awesome.”
Ever the focused coach, he’s been through decades of Thanksgivings spent thinking ahead to rivalry games.
His Gamecocks are preparing for Clemson, as they do every year this week. Fresh off securing bowl eligibility, they face a tall order with a 10-1 Tigers squad.
After expressing how giddy he was to get out on the practice field for the holiday, he delivered another strong take.
“Thanksgiving’s a meal, it’s not a day,” Muschamp said. “So we’re going to have a great meal. And then we’re going to going to watch a little tape, and then we may watch a little more tape, go and get our walk-through cards for Friday ready. So it’s going to be awesome.”
At least one of his player is planning to make that meal (not a day) count, even in a non-traditional way.
“My mom is coming, actually,” said safety Chris Moody, who is from McDonough, Ga. “She’s bringing food up here.
“As long as she makes beef stew and potato salad with shrimp, I’m fine ... My grandma actually came last weekend and left a key lime cake in the refrigerator. So I’m straight.”