This was going to be a tough year.
Everyone knew that. However, this might be the single worst performance I have ever seen from Muschamp’s team.
South Carolina lost 24-20 in a game where they should’ve won by at least two touchdowns.
There were so many things that went wrong that I’m not even completely sure what to take away from this game, but I will do my best to not overreact to this terrible loss.
Jake Bentley is done
No more excuses. No more bulls*** about being patient with Bentley.
He has had four years to take the next step and be the quarterback we all want him to be, but this was just a pathetic performance.
He finished 16-30 with only 142 yards. He also had one touchdown and two interceptions.
Yes, the playcalling was horrible, but Bentley’s performance was inexcusable.
This team will never be good with Bentley and it took everyone until now to realize that.
It’s time for Ryan Hilinski to take over because he can’t be much worse than Bentley.
Will Muschamp is done, but not for now
It’s also time to say this: WILL MUSCHAMP IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH.
This is pretty obvious, but he will never be a championship coach.
He will never make South Carolina a contender in the SEC.
I wish this was an overreaction and earlier it might have been, but four years in and it looks like we’re getting worse.
The problem is Muschamp is contracted through 2023, so Ray Tanner probably won’t fire him until after this year or next year.
If he keeps Bentley in the whole year, the leash will be shorter.
South Carolina fans are sick of being mediocre, and it looks like we might not even reach mediocrity.
Someone else needs to call the plays
Bryan McClendon is currently calling the plays for the Gamecocks.
I expected McClendon to be really good when he came in from Georgia, but so far I’ve learned that he’s nothing but a good recruiter.
His playcalling against UNC was abysmal. He took zero risks until the end of the game, and he played so conservatively that the Gamecocks couldn’t move the ball whatsoever.
South Carolina finished with 270 total yards, and they ended up 3-12 on third down, which is horrible.
The coaching staff needs a reboot because Muschamp can’t even bring in the right staff.
I know every South Carolina fan is absolutely crushed right now, and they have the right to be.
I wish I could offer some blind optimism, but losing to UNC so horribly just confirms that they’re never going to be a contender under Muschamp.