July 13, 2017 14:59 GMT by foxsports.com

The Latest: Muschamp says QB play big boast to rebuilding

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) The Latest on SEC media days (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said finding a young star at quarterback has helped push the Gamecocks’ rebuilding plan forward.

Sophomore Jake Bentley started the final seven games of his freshman season in 2016, throwing for 1,420 yards while completing 65.8 percent of his passes. Even more importantly, South Carolina won four of his seven starts.

Muschamp said on Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days that there was ”no question” Bentley’s development has been a boost for recruiting because players know ”you’re going to win games.”

South Carolina finished with a 6-7 record last season, including a 3-5 mark in the SEC.

12:55 a.m.

Mississippi, Auburn and South Carolina will be the final three teams at SEC media days on Thursday.

The Rebels figure to be the main attraction in Hoover – mostly because of off-the-field issues. The Rebels are in the midst of an NCAA investigation that’s lasted nearly five years, and now there are 21 alleged violations that include academic, booster and recruiting misconduct.

Adding to the off-the-field misery, former Mississippi coach Houston Nutt filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made during the ongoing NCAA investigation.

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