The head coaches of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Virginia Cavaliers held a press availability Thursday in Charlotte to preview the upcoming Belk Bowl matchup at Bank of America Stadium.
Both teams are looking to reverse a trend, having never lost a game in Charlotte, with South Carolina playing in its second of three games in as many seasons in the home of the Panthers.
Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp updated the lengthy injury report, confirming the absences of DT Javon Kinlaw (hip surgery) and DB Keisean Nixon (neck issue) for the December 29th matchup. Muschamp did say they will get some relief as they expect LB Bryson Allen-Williams, DBs Jaycee Horn and Jaylin Dickerson, along with DE Keir Thomas all to play in the game. Defensive end Aaron Sterling is also a possibility to return for USC.
Among other news items for South Carolina, Muschamp has set a target “in the 20 range” of players expected to sign during the Early Signing Period which begins Wednesday. He said most of those signees will be early enrollees.
Muschamp also said the team plans to move into the new Football Operations Building on January 7th upon the players reporting for the Spring semester. The head coach also said he plans to have all members of his coaching staff intact for the bowl and next season, and that no players outside of Deebo Samuel have approached him about skipping the bowl game.
To hear the joint press conferences with Muschamp and Virginia Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, click below:
Joint Press Conference: South Carolina HC Will Muschamp & Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall
Will Muschamp also met separately with the South Carolina media below:
South Carolina HC Will Muschamp
South Carolina returns to the practice field on Monday and will practice in Columbia through next Saturday. The Gamecocks will travel to Charlotte on Christmas day, and practice at Charlotte Latin Academy on December 26th and 27th, with a walk-through in at Bank of America Stadium on the 28th in advance of the game the next day.