Josh Kendall

Should USC fans be patient with Clemson losing streak? Muschamp takes strong stance

Clemson has beaten South Carolina by an average of 36.5 points in Will Muschamp’s two years as the Gamecocks head coach. The No. 2 Tigers are 25-point favorites this week.

It seems like a situation where patience is required to return the Palmetto State rivalry to a competitive footing, but Muschamp doesn’t want that.

“Patience is something I don’t have, and I don’t want our fan base to have it either,” Muschamp said this week. “I want them to be demanding and expect excellence.”

Muschamp is 21-15 as South Carolina’s head coach and next year’s schedule includes teams that are currently ranked Nos. 1, 2, 5, 13 and 17 in the country. He took over a team that finished 3-9 three seasons ago and a program that has one ACC title and one SEC East crown in its career trophy case.

It feels like odd timing to suggest that all margin for error be removed from that path that lies ahead.

Still, there was Muschamp on Sunday night loudly proclaiming that he isn’t interested in patience when asked if the USC fan base understands how long it takes to build a championship program. Muschamp often points to the experience he and his coaching staff have with national championship and conference championship teams and says he wants the Gamecocks to be measured by titles.

“This staff and myself know how to get there and we’re excited about our future,” he said. “Whether (South Carolina has) done it before doesn’t really matter. That’s where we want to take the program.”

The team will move into a $50 million operations building by January.

“The progress we have made in three years has been good. It’s not where we want to be,” Muschamp said. “I have a higher expectation than (the fans) do, I can assure you of that.”

The Gamecocks (6-4) take on Clemson (11-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have won four straight in the series and lead the rivalry 69-42-4 all-time.

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