Muschamp not fazed by return to Florida – The Ledger
By Pete IacobelliThe Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is returning to Florida with his focus solely on beating the Gators and keeping his Gamecocks in the Southeastern Conference divisional race.
Muschamp is not wrapped up in emotions over his return to The Swamp or dissecting his four-year tenure at Florida.
Muschamp understands he’ll shoulder much of the attention when South Carolina (5-4, 3-4 SEC) arrives at No. 22 Florida (6-2, 4-2) on Saturday. After all, the last time these teams met there in 2014, it proved to be Muschamp’s last game with the Gators following South Carolina’s 23-20 overtime win . He was let go two days later, spent last year leading Auburn’s defense before getting a rare second chance to coach in the SEC with the Gamecocks.
He’s not sure how he’ll handle the atmosphere.
“I won’t know until game day,” Muschamp said Tuesday. “I stayed at the office about the same as I stay at the office. I got to the office the same time. Nothing changes as far as the work week, whether we’re playing Florida or anyone else on our schedule.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to Gainesville,” he said.
Muschamp hopes to leave Florida still with a shot for the SEC East. The Gamecocks started 2-4 and had the lowest scoring offense in the Football Bowl Subdivison through mid-October. But a switch to strong-armed freshman Jake Bentley has seemingly revived the sluggish team with three straight victories, including a 24-21 win over then-18th-ranked Tennessee two weeks ago.
A win over the Gators — and the right bounces among the other SEC East teams — could leave the Gamecocks on top of a pile of 4-4 teams.
Muschamp told his players the only way to make that happen is