“We’ve moved on.”
That’s Will Muschamp’s reaction to the 2015 season at South Carolina, the 3-9 season that got Steve Spurrier into resignation/retirement and got Muschamp his second chance as an SEC head coach.
“It's a new football team this year,” Muschamp says. “If you continue to do the same things, you'll get the same results. We needed to change some things. Our players have really bought into what we're trying to do. I've been really pleased with it.”
Muschamp’s message is that this team has taken the medicine it had to take to cure the ills of last season and now deserves to move on with a fresh start. And for the next month, that’s absolutely valid reasoning. The Gamecocks are two days of practice into their preseason camp. This is the time of year everyone is undefeated and optimism is allowed no matter the realities that may await in September.
The trick will be proving it when the games start. If the results of 2016 start to look like the results of 2015, then it won’t look like the team has moved on much at all.