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A player’s coach
After leading the Gamecocks to a 28-20 win against his previous team — the Florida Gators — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp shared a moment with his former players.
The second-year South Carolina coach clearly has an affinity for building strong, lasting relationships with his players. In less than two years in Columbia, Muschamp’s already put his fingerprints all over the program.
“We all love Coach Muschamp. You can see that everyone on the Florida team that he coached did, too,” South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley said. “He’s more than a head coach to us. Some people might think the head coach just kind of oversees everything, but he wants to know what’s going on with our life. He wants to know about our family.”
‘Pay the man’
With the work Muschamp’s done on the field, plus the respect and admiration of his players, it’s “time for his salary to follow suit,” according to David Caraviello of SEC Country.
Lost in the craziness that is Florida & Tennessee’s seasons, Will Muschamp is quietly putting together a very solid season despite missing their top offensive player Deebo Samuel
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 13, 2017
“In a very short time, Muschamp has changed the culture at South Carolina, and the results are evident on the field,” Caraviello wrote. “There’s one way for the university to say thanks: Pay the man before another rebuilding school notices what has happened in Columbia and decides to do it themselves.”
Muschamp’s Gamecocks are 7-3 right now, less than two years removed from a dismal 3-9 record in 2015. He’s 13-10 in his time at South Carolina.
Under the lights
South Carolina’s regular-season finale against Clemson on Nov. 25 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium, the SEC announced on Monday.
The Gamecocks are looking to end a three-game skid against the in-state rival Tigers. Last time in Columbia, South Carolina took then No.1-ranked Clemson to the wire, but ultimately fell short, 37-32.
Four-star 2019 defensive tackle Travon Walker listed his top 4 schools last week: South Carolina, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
“Coach Peterson was telling me that I would fit in perfectly and that they need another one of those guys,” Walker said of South Carolina outside linebacker/defensive end coach Mike Peterson. “He said another one of those guys, talking like — he was referring to D.J. Wonnum. He was saying I’d fit in perfect and I could play the scheme well. And he told me to just keep working.”
The Thomaston, Ga., native was in town on Saturday for his second visit with the Gamecocks. He’s also visited Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and LSU.
Walker is rated as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.
Hang the banner
Prior to its home opener on Monday night, South Carolina men’s basketball unveiled the banner commemorating its first-ever Final Four appearance last season.
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) November 14, 2017
At halftime, fans were treated to a special message from former South Carolina star and current Los Angeles Clippers forward Sindarius Thornwell.
A good start
The celebration didn’t end with the banner’s debut, the Gamecocks topped the Western Michigan Broncos, 78-60, to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett led South Carolina with 15 points. Florida Atlantic graduate transfer guard Frank Booker added 14 points, while forward Chris Silva posted a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Still on top
Thanks to a career-high 32 points from guard A’ja Wilson, the No. 4-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team beat No. 15 Maryland, 94-86, on Monday night to move to 2-0 on the season.
— NCAA Women's BKB (@ncaawbb) November 14, 2017
Next up for reigning national champion Lady Gamecocks: a trip to the upstate to take on Clemson on Thursday night.
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