Shannon and Kevin Muse may need to chat with Olivia and Archie Manning, or Jack and Jackie Harbaugh. Or Marisa and Augusti Gasol or any of the other famous parents with two children playing high-level sports.
That’s because the Muse’s of Belmont, N.C. now have sons competing in the top two conferences of college football. Not only that, they’re competing at fierce in-state rivals.
Older son Tanner plays safety for Clemson.
Younger son Nick transferred to South Carolina from William & Mary earlier this fall.
“For the most part, he was very happy about [me transferring here]. There’s no rivalry against brothers,” Nick Muse said Friday. “When we play, we’ll play, but for now I’m worried about South Carolina and he’s worried about Clemson.”
That doesn’t mean there weren’t some sibling fisticuffs when the two were younger — squabbles that were normally won by the older sibling.
“Now that I’ve gotten bigger it’s a little different,” Muse said with a smile. “We’re about 50-50 now.”
Muse, a tight end, needs a waiver request granted to be eligible to play this season.
When asked if 6-3, 232-pounder has a chance to see significant playing time if he is allowed to play, South Carolina tight ends coach Bobby Bentley responded with one word: “Yes.”
As a sophomore in 2018, Muse was an All-CAA third-team selection. He ranked seventh in the CAA in receiving yards per game (64.7) and second on his team in catches (30), receiving yards (453) and touchdowns catches (1).
“He is a guy who can really be a dominant inline player with his size and athleticism,” Bentley said. “… Yet he can still flex out and do some things on the perimeter that you’d like to do too. Because we don’t substitute our personnel and we keep our tight end in the game.”
“… He’s probably one of the alpha males in the room. He stands out. He’s a leader. He is really going to be special.”
“He’s a really good at the inline stuff and he can get out there be a flex guy for us,” Gamecock tight end Will Register said. “At William & Mary he had a lot of receptions. A lot of yards.”
When Muse became an option for the Gamecocks, he came to Columbia for a workout. He ran routes and a 40-yard dash (in somewhere in the mid 4.7-second range) and did broad and vertical jumps.
Now, Muse has become a shadow to Gamecock tight ends Kyle Markway and Kiel Pollard. He has also watched video of Gamecock alumnus Hayden Hurst, a tight end and first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens two seasons ago.
“If I can learn the plays, I’ll be able to play,” Muse said. “ … I’m starting to get the hang of things and starting to learn the plays. For the most part I feel like I’m fitting in really well.”
If he’s not able to play, Muse said, he will use the time off to get “bigger, stronger and faster.”
Muse has not heard anything about the status of his appeal — and wouldn’t comment on what his argument for appeal is — but said he should hear a decision before the regular-season.
“I talked to my family a lot. We had, I wouldn’t say some issues, but a little bit of problem, to where I felt like it was needed to transfer,” he said. “I felt like somebody would pick me up. … I was very fortunate that coach [Bobby] Bentley and coach [Will] Muschamp reach out to me.
“… As of right now I’m just worried about practice and when it comes, it’ll come.”
If the waiver is granted, there’s a Nov. 30 game in Columbia the Muse family will be particularly interested in: Nick’s Gamecocks against Tanner’s Tigers.
“That’d be a big deal. It’s always been in the back of my mind to play against him. I’ve always wanted to play either with him or against him,” Muse said. “But for the most part I’m worried about training camp and [our first game against] North Carolina.”