South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is throwing open the doors to practice this week. For the first time since spring practice, Gamecocks practice will be open for the fans and media. Until now, only select practices have been open to the media and only the first 20 minutes or so of those have been open.
That changes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when the team will practice beginning at 6:30 p.m. (South Carolina will work at Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday and Wednesday and at its practice fields adjacent to the indoor practice facility on Tuesday.) Why the change?
Part of it is a nod to the team’s fan base. Part of it, though, is an attempt by Muschamp to speed up the seasoning of his young team.
“I asked (freshman wide receiver) Randrecous Davis, ‘What’s the most people you have played in front of?’ He said, ‘Probably about 8,000.’ I said, ‘There will be that many in the bathroom at halftime bud.’ We have to get you out there in front of the crowd and see how things go.”
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It will be a poor imitation of what this young team will face in its season-opener on the road against Vanderbilt on Sept. 1 (or the next conference game, which is also on the road, or the next conference game, which is also on the road, you get the picture), but it’s about the only bullet Muschamp has in his gun at the moment.