During his Tuesday appearance from the annual SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida, Will Muschamp took a strong stance on a hot topic in college football this offseason. Interestingly enough, his comments appear to be in direct contrast to those recently made by Dabo Swinney, which the Clemson coach took some heat for following an interview with ESPN.
When it comes to compensating players for their name, image and likeness, something the NCAA has formulated a working group to study in the coming weeks, South Carolina’s head coach is all for the idea.
“I’m absolutely in support of it. As much as we can help the players, we need to,” Muschamp said during his time speaking to the media in Destin, according to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.
This comment comes after Swinney noted that if college football turns becomes more professionalized, he may leave the game for the NFL. This comment comes despite the fact Clemson recently extended Swinney a new $93 million contract.
“They may want to professionalize college athletics. Well, then, maybe I’ll go to the pros. If I’m going to coach pro football, I might as well do that,” Swinney said according to ESPN.
While Muschamp may have just secured a big recruiting victory over Swinney and Clemson with that comment, one of his other comments likely has Gamecock fans just as excited as the South Carolina coach would like to see his program schedule more Power 5 opponents in future seasons.
“I’m all for it,” Muschamp said, according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium.
The 2019 edition of the SEC spring meetings may have just begun but Muschamp is the early leader for the biggest winner from the event.