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Will Muschamp on Gators tenure: 'I wish it would have ended differently'

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp addresses reporters Thursday during SEC media days at The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

Matt Baker | Tampa Bay Times

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp addresses reporters Thursday during SEC media days at The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

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HOOVER, Ala. -- When South Carolina coach Will Muschamp stepped up to the stage Thursday during SEC media day, he addressed the elephants in the room -- the fact that he's replacing the legendary Steve Spurrier and still hounded by his rough tenure at Florida.

"There's only one Steve Spurrier in life," Muschamp said, "and I'm not it."

Muschamp praised the job Spurrier did before him with the Gamecocks (despite the 3-9 record) and said Spurrier "brought this program to relevance nationally."

As for his four seasons at UF, Muschamp isn't bitter. He still calls athletic director Jeremy Foley a friend and wished Foley well as he prepares to retire.

Muschamp said the Gators played well on defense and special teams during his tenure; offense, obviously, was the issue and something he plans to fix this time.

"I had a great run at Florida..." Muschamp said. "I have nothing but fond memories. I don't get into the negative part of how it ended. That's part of our profession. Things didn't work, and a decision was made....

"I wish it would have ended differently."

[Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:38am]

    

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