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USC head football coach Will Muschamp held his weekly news conference where one word turned the event into a display of Muschamp's witty side.

One career-long field goal from Elliott Fry was enough to give USC a hard-fought 13-10 win at Vanderbilt to open the Will Muschamp era.

Fry, who was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, received congratulatory tweets from some high profile figures.

"Darius Rucker tweeted me, I was pretty happy about that," Fry said.

"i think (former USC and current Titans kicker) Ryan Succop and Graham Gano, two pro kickers, tweeted me so that was cool. Connor Shaw texted me. I'm still like a fan girl of his. Even though we played together and even though we're friends, I still think he's awesome, so i get pretty happy when that happens." 

The funniest moment of Tuesday's news conference with the head coach came when he was asked about his philosophy of getting the players to swarm to the football or as was asked "flock to the ball.' The coach prefers the team "flying to the ball".

"We want to fly to the ball," Muschamp said with a smile

"We're Gamecocks, we fly, right?"

Muschamp then went on to explain how he wants his defensive players to be tenacious.

“I’ve coached defensive football my whole life, and you have to learn how to play the block," he said

 "You’ve got to learn how to disengage from a block, you’ve got to learn how to leverage the ball, and if you play with great effort, fanatical effort, then you can be a pretty good defensive player, even if you may not be the most talented guy in the world. If you can do those things, and if you’re able to see things, see something and react to another thing, then you can be a defensive player. But it all goes back to effort. If you just play hard, if you just run to the ball. If you just flock to the ball."

Muschamp ended his press conference with this gem.

'I'm going to flock back to the office."


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