South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp made a stop Wednesday night in Greenville for his Spurs Up spring speaking tour, which mean being in enemy territory. Which meant answering a Clemson question.
“My biggest concern is control the controllables,” Muschamp said. “Certainly you get questions but it’s not just about them; it’s about Georgia; it’s about Florida; it’s about Tennessee.”
The Gamecocks have increased their season win total by three games in each of Muschamp’s two seasons as head coach, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s stuck between two of the hottest teams in college football. Clemson and Georgia, South Carolina’s top rivals in the state and SEC East, respectively, are coming off College Football Playoff appearances and currently are ranked in the nation’s top seven in recruiting rankings.
Muschamp’s strategy for handling what’s going on with the Tigers and Bulldogs? Ignore it.
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“At the end of the day, we need to control South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “I know that’s a boring message, but you can’t spend a lot of energy or time on things you have no control over. Just worry about what we do.”
The Gamecocks 2019 recruiting class is ranked No. 13 in the country at the moment by 247Sports.com, compared to Clemson at No. 4 and Georgia at No. 7. Rather than belabor the Tigers current role, Muschamp believes it’s good for football in the state, he said.
The rivalry between the Gamecocks and Clemson is “as good as any of them and it’s unique from the standpoint that we don’t have a pro team so the focal point is Carolina and Clemson year round,” Muschamp said. “That’s part of it.”