Josh Kendall

Gamecocks will practice behind closed doors most days this spring

South Carolina football begins spring practice Tuesday.
South Carolina football begins spring practice Tuesday. dmclemore@thestate.com

South Carolina starts its first practice under Will Muschamp on March 15. The State will take the 15 days of the month leading up to that to look at 15 “keys” for the Gamecocks as they prepare for Muschamp’s first season. This is No. 13.

Unlike Steve Spurrier, who opened virtually every spring practice to the media and public, new South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is closing the doors.

The Gamecocks will have two practices open to the public (March 29 and March 31) and will allow media to watch the first 15 minutes or so of selected other practices. None of the team’s scrimmages will be open until the April 9 spring game.

This means all we’ll learn about South Carolina this spring will come from what the coaches and players tell us. Which quarterbacks are getting the most snaps? Who’s quarterbacking the first-team offense most regularly? Who’s playing left tackle? Is Cory Helms working with the first-team offensive line? How’s the defensive line look? Have any of the wide receivers shown a spark?

This, and the whole long list of questions about this team will be posed to Muschamp, his staff and his players, and we’ll learn what they choose to tell us about it. That won’t be great for fans of the team starved for news about the new regime, but it will at least allow the new staff to implement some things without letting the whole world see for a while.

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