Will Muschamp will get his first taste of the Clemson-Carolina rivalry this weekend in Death Valley. Even though it’s his first experience in this Palmetto Bowl, Muschamp is well aware of how important this game is to fans around the state. With that said, he’s still not letting his team get too caught up in the moment of playing their biggest rival. Muschamp does not want the opponent or the matchup to outweigh the process of preparing and getting better. Check out the rest of what Coach Boom had below, including some audio for your listening enjoyment.
- Muschamp said he was not happy with how the defense tackled against Western Carolina.
- Muschamp said you can’t add any more adjectives to what Deshaun Watson has accomplished and done.
- Muschamp said he’s had a chance to meet Watson and likes the person he is and what he stands for.
- Muschamp said Wayne Gallman is a guy he really likes. He appreciates the type of hard nosed runner he is.
- Muschamp said you understand quickly what this rivalry means in this state. Mentioned walking by people and hearing “Beat Clemson.”
- Muschamp on Swinney: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Dabo. He’s done a good job there.”
- Muschamp said he’s talked to the team a lot about not getting caught up in the moment. Stressed staying focused on playing hard and fast and smart.
- Muschamp said, “It’s not going to take a flawless effort. It’s not going to take anything spectacular. We’ve just go to play well.”
- DB Chris Moody should be back this week. Missed last week with a bone bruise.
- Muschamp said they need to be motivated by their preparation, not their opponent. “It needs to be about South Carolina and our preparation.”
This was a fun exchange:
Question: What have fans said about this rivalry that sticks out?
Muschamp: I can’t say that publicly.
Muschamp: I’m being serious
- Muschamp said he recruited Artavis Scott, Dexter Lawrence, Ray-Ray McCloud and even Deshaun Watson a little bit. (among others)
- Muschamp said he doesn’t think one game impacts recruiting. He said the season long trend lines are much more important.
- Muschamp: “Thanksgiving is a meal, not a day.” Team will be eating, then getting back to work on the holiday.
WILL MUSCHAMP PREVIEWS CLEMSON: