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It's no secret that Will Muschamp might not have been the name that many South Carolina fans were thinking of when Steve Spurrier first resigned from his post as head coach of the Gamecocks earlier this year.
However, on Monday, Dec. 7, Athletics Director Ray Tanner officially introduced Muschamp as the 34th head coach of the University of South Carolina. The new coach has been a defensive coordinator in the SEC for six seasons and was also the head coach at Florida from 2011-14, compiling a 28-21 record before being let go by the Gators following a 6-5 season in 2014.
Muschamp said several times during his introductory press conference that he believes he has learned many things from his time at Florida, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
"I was pleased to hear him speak a bit about the offense since he is so well-known for his defenses," said Derrick Dominick, who listened to all of Muschamp's introductory press conference on the radio. "While he didn't go into a ton of detail he certainly alluded to the possibility of running a more upbeat type of offense as opposed to the three yards and a cloud of dust offense he started running at the beginning of his tenure at Florida. With the right personnel you can make any offense work."
Along with defense, Muschamp is also known as one of the best recruiters in the country. He consistently put together top-5 recruiting classes at Florida and within minutes of the conclusion of his introductory conference on Monday, he was out in the Columbia area recruiting.
"Look at Florida this year, that was his recruits and they did quite well," said Tom Studer, who also added he believed that Florida may have pulled the trigger on Muschamp a little too early. "I think he'll do a good job with recruiting."
Another thing that Muschamp is well-known for is his fiery personality and demeanor on the sideline during games. While Muschamp himself has said that he needs to tone it down some, there are fans that believe his energy and enthusiasm will be a good thing for Gamecock football.
"I love when a coach is on the side yelling and screaming," current South Carolina student Samantha Flynn said. "As someone who was an athlete, I've learned more from the coaches who yelled at me and got in my face than the coaches that just were on the side making under their breath comments. I think they need the energy. After Shawn Elliott got in there, the energy changed and I think that needs to continue to happen."
There's always questions with every hire, but one thing that seems certain is that Gamecock Nation is ready to see what Muschamp can do on the recruiting trail this offseason before beginning his first season in charge in 2016.
**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Allen Sharpe**