With South Carolina facing a major test this coming weekend against No. 2 Georgia, Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer was asked about his relationship with former head coach, now Georgia assistant, Will Muschamp. Muschamp called Beamer a few months ago when Beamer got the job.

“I would’t say super well,” Beamer said of their relationship on a Sunday teleconference, per The Big Spur. “I’ve got a ton of respect for him as a coach and as a person. I knew him a little bit, just from recruiting over the years and obviously his relationship with Kirby (Smart) is well known and I’ve worked with Kirby, so there’s a lot of carryover, from that standpoint. I’ve seen him out on the road recruiting at places and he’s been great. Has been very willing to help me since I became the head coach.

“I talked to him a couple of times when I initially go hired, around Christmas – around New Years, I guess, in January. We talked, just about different things and somebody I’ve got a ton of respect for, so I know he’s doing a phenomenal job for Kirby over there in Athens. I know it will be an exciting night for him on Saturday night as well and just a really good football coach.”

Beamer was also asked how big of a factor will Muschamp play in this game.

“I mean, very little, and that’s no disrespect to Will, Beamer said. “I mean, there’s none of the schemes are alike, what we’re doing here compared to last year. He’s obviously going to know personnel and about certain guys, offense, defense, and special teams. He’s going to know about those guys that he can certainly help them with, but he’s got more familiarity with South Carolina’s team than I do Georgia, but some of those guys on Georgia’s team were there when I was there.”

The Gamecocks and Beamer will see Saturday if Muschamp’s knowledge of the Gamecock program and its players will be a factor.

The South Carolina-Georgia game will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday night.