South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp has built his reputation on a near-limitless work ethic, but he knows there’s value in his players pulling back.
His team hit the field 17 times in 20 days. The Gamecocks were feeling some of the wear and tear of a run through camp. They had the day off Sunday after a Saturday scrimmage.
“I think time off is the best thing for them and we will have a complete day off,” Muschamp said Saturday. “I told them, ‘Unless you need treatment, I don’t want to see you in the building. You need to decompress. You need to get away from us.’ ”
The staff kept at it, and Muschamp said the coaches would work on where to play certain players and what the plan is for them.
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The team reconvenes for an open practice at 7:30 Monday night after the eclipse and practice again the next night. Muschamp promised no let off.
“We need to get some good work done,” Muschamp said. “And then we’ll have a complete day Wednesday off. And then Thursday, we’ll only have meetings. We’ll have 48 hours where they’re going to be off their feet. And that, for a young man, is a lot of time.”
The Gamecocks will have three days set to mimic a game week from Friday to Sunday leading into the true N.C. State game week.