Will Muschamp: ‘I always will have an affection for Florida’

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina coach Will Muschamp feels no ill will towards Florida, even if his tenure in Gainesville didn’t end on the best terms.

After accumulating a 28-21 record between 2011-14, Muschamp stepped down as the Gators head coach. He spent 2015 as defensive coordinator at Auburn before taking the head coaching job at South Carolina.

Last season, at The Swamp, Florida beat South Carolina, 20-7

The Gamecocks and Gators are set to face off again on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

“I always will have an affection for Florida,” Muschamp said on Tuesday. “I had a wonderful experience there, regardless of how things ended. I don’t look at things that way. I had a great opportunity.

“It’s a wonderful university. They’ve got a lot of great people there and I have the same feelings at LSU, Texas and Auburn and everywhere else I’ve worked, so that won’t change.”

Muschamp’s successor, Jim McElwain, was released from the job late last month. Interim coach Randy Shannon is set to lead Florida to Columbia for Saturday’s game, which kicks off at noon.

In their last two games, the Gators have lost by a combined total of 64 points.

“I told our guys Monday, don’t be fooled by the tape from the last two weeks,” Muschamp said. “Just go back and watch Tennessee. Let’s go back and watch LSU. Let’s go back and watch [Texas] A&M. Let’s go back and watch those game tapes.

“They’ve had a lot of uncertainty off the field and certainly having been through it, it is a distraction. It will take its mental toll on you. That’s why the consistent message from me all the time is about our preparation and how we prepare and how we go about our business and our preparation for the game is going to determine the outcome of the game, not about what the other team does.”

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