In his eighth season overall, Will Muschamp likes to coach at places Steve Spurrier once coached at, the Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks. He also likes to beat Tennessee football, as he is 7-0 against the Vols all time.
Muschamp gets a break for what happened at Florida. Urban Meyer wrecked the program before leaving, and the internal issues of discipline overtook any chance of having a consistently successful tenure.
However, Muschamp has not matched Spurrier’s success at South Carolina yet. Sure, he was better than Spurrier’s last two years. But South Carolina has had Jake Bentley for two and a half years at quarterback, and they went from 6-7 to 9-4 and back to 7-6 again. Last year’s step back serves as evidence that Muschamp may have taken advantage of an easy 2017 schedule.
Last year, Pruitt almost beat Muschamp in Columbia with a team that had much worse issues. We’ll find out Muschamp’s skills this year, but there’s very little to go on, even after seven years on the job, with him just yet. He’s still got something to prove, and at each of his coaching jobs, he’s failed to match the success of his predecessor. That’s why he’s down here for now.