The South Carolina football team will practice on Thanksgiving on Thursday. The Gamecocks (6-5) would love to close the regular season with a win at No. 4 Clemson (10-1) on Saturday, and preparation is never a bad thing. But head coach Will Muschamp, well, he doesn’t exactly love the holidays.
Muschamp told reporters Tuesday that, “Thanksgiving is a meal. It’s not a day.” The Gamecocks will practice in the morning, have a meal and watch tape.
Is it fair to make players practice on Thanksgiving?
“We had practice on Thanksgiving, but a lot of times we would have a little thing where players get up and tell what they’re thankful for,” former coach and current ACC Network analyst Tommy Bowden said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “My background, with my father being a strong Christian influence, we would try to work some of that into the day. But you really have to practice. I never ran into a head coach that did not practice on Thanksgiving. I think a lot of it’s what you do around the practice because it is a day, but you can have some significant meetings regarding what the day is about as a head coach.”
South Carolina and Clemson kick off from Death Valley at 7:30 p.m. ET.