Muschamp: 'We're about winning championships here'

Muschamp: 'We're about winning championships here'

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Photos by Jenny Dilworth

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New South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp is universally viewed as an elite recruiter. 

The coaching veteran pointed out during his introductory press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday, Dec. 7, that for those that worry if he can bring that recruiting prowess to South Carolina it's all very simple. 

"Gamecock Nation if you don't think I can recruit, look at her and look at me," Muschamp said of his wife, Carol. "I can sell ice to an eskimo."

That's exactly what South Carolina fans everywhere are hoping for from Ray Tanner's choice for the 34th head coach in Gamecock football history. 

Tanner has long pointed out that he wanted to choose what he considered the "perfect fit" for South Carolina and in Muschamp he sees just that as the 44-year-old checks off all of the qualities that Tanner believed were key. 

"I wanted the search to be right," South Carolina's Athletic Director said of the process in choosing Muschamp. "And we got it right."

Muschamp takes over the head coaching position at South Carolina having at points served as a defensive coordinator at LSU, Auburn and Texas. 

Muschamp was also tabbed as the head coach in waiting at one point at Texas before eventually taking the reins as the head coach at Florida. 

Muschamp consistently had Florida among the best in the country defensively during his time with the Gators. Muschamp would depart Gainesville after the 2014 season having compiled a 28-21 record. 

Despite having coached at some of the best programs in the history of football, Muschamp believes that South Carolina is at "the top" of all of the places he has been. 

"The ceiling is limitless," Muschamp said of what he expects in the future from his program. "We're about winning championships here. And I stated that and I believe that."

One of the things that particularly stood out to Muschamp in regards to deciding to take over at the University of South Carolina is the success that Steve Spurrier had with the Gamecocks, noting "he's come in here and certainly he's raised the level."

Muschamp knows it's tough to follow a legend like the Head Ball Coach as in his words "there is only one Steve Spurrier," but he is excited about the opportunity as just seeing Tanner's passion alone has him thrilled to be the head coach at South Carolina. 

"As much as anything you meet with Coach Tanner and you see, here's a guy that wants the best for the University of South Carolina," Muschamp said. "Here's a guy that loves the University of South Carolina and has invested his life in the University of South Carolina. When you see an investment like that it kind of motivates you as a coach in that this guy willing to do what it takes to be successful and I certainly want to be a part of that team."

Officially introduced at the helm of the Gamecock football program, Muschamp now turns his full attention to backing up his words about placing South Carolina among the elite in the SEC and nationally. 

No timetable is set by Muschamp for filling out his coaching staff right now, but he says it will be a strong one with a clear emphasis - "If they can't recruit, they can't coach here," Muschamp said. 

**Story by Brian Hand/Photo by Jenny Dilworth**