USC head football coach Will Muschamp talked about it in his halftime radio interview with Langston Moore Saturday night. He continued the theme after the game and has kept discussing it this week.
"It" is the lack of tackling that affected them at Vanderbilt but to a much greater extent in Starkville. Muschamp says the number of missed tackles was about the same in each game. But against Vandy, a missed tackle might mean three more yards. Against Mississippi State, it allowed the opposing quarterback to break loose on a 74-yard run and set a MSU single-game rushing record for quarterbacks.
"You know what, it’s disappointing," said Muschamp.
"I told the team (Tuesday) morning, I apologized to a majority of the guys because they do prepare the right way. They do approach things the right way. They do try. They do give great effort. They have great buy-in. They do play with toughness. They do try to play with great discipline.
“But, we’ve got some guys that don’t. It is what it is in situations. We’re trying to do the best we can do at some positions. Those guys have to improve.”
Carolina will get a chance to show improved tackling Saturday when they face East Carolina game in the 2016 home opener.
We’re excited about playing at home,” said Muschamp.
“We have a great venue here. Our fans will be excited about it. We need to play well, and I told our team that this morning. The great programs that have a home field advantage, it has a lot to do with the fan base but it has more to do with the team that’s playing on the field and playing well.
“Let’s understand that first. Each individual player needs to be a self-starter, be able to prepare himself and go play particularly well. Hopefully somewhat of pride takes over, maybe. I hope - Have a little pride. That'd be good.”