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Four- or eight-team playoff? Muschamp says USC plans to be there

What Muschamp said about bowls, playoff system

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp gives his take on the talk of expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams.
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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp gives his take on the talk of expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp stepped into college football’s hottest debate of the week – whether it’s time for the sport to expand the current four-team playoff into an eight-game format.

“We all say it’s about the student-athlete, but a lot of the decisions that are made are not about the student-athlete,” Muschamp said Tuesday. “Let’s just cut to the chase.”

Muschamp’s main concern is protecting the current bowl system, and he fears an eight-game system would do that, he said.

“I just don’t know how you’re going to structure it if you get into an eight-game playoff. We actually do have exams,” he said. “At the end of the day, let’s be realistic, it’s a very long season as it is then if you have an eight-game playoff, you’re probably going to have a 10-game regular season I would guess. It’s going to be more and more difficult to be able to structure it.”

The Gamecocks (7-5) take on Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 in Charlotte.

“I think it’s a great reward for a young man to be able to go to Charlotte or, last year a place like Tampa, and spend a week at a nice hotel, get fed well and really enjoy a reward for a season,” Muschamp said. “That’s really what the bowl games are for. Whether it’s a four-game or eight-game, we plan on being there. That’s what we’re pushing for, and that’s what we want to be a part of.”

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