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Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp have been friends since they played safety for the Georgia Bulldogs. Now the two coaches are set to meet for the first time Saturday night with Smart back at their alma mater and Muschamp at South Carolina.Its just business, not fun.Its never really been about that for me, Smart said. He and I are good friends. We talk time to time. Its never an extra motivation, because thats not really what its about. Its about our players and their players. Its business-like for us, its not really about (our relationship).Muschamp went from walk-on safety to captain at Georgia in 1994 when Smart redshirted as a freshman, with their fathers sitting together during games. Smart took over at safety when Muschamp graduated and went into coaching .So the focus is on the game while friendship temporarily takes a back seat.At the end of the day, its South Carolina and Georgia, Muschamp said.Running one of the Southeastern Conferences 14 football programs is the dream job for many aspiring coaches. Each of the current 14 coaches got his start by playing a sport in college -- even if it wasnt football.Here are some lessons learned before they became SEC coaches:NOT A STAR: Proving its not how you start but how you finish, four coaches are former walk-ons: Texas A&Ms Kevin Sumlin, Muschamp, Arkansas Bret Bielema and Auburns Gus Malzahn.QB NOT KEY SPOT: Five SEC coaches played defensive back, including Alabamas Nick Saban, Vanderbilts Derek Mason and Kentuckys Mark Stoops along with Muschamp and Smart. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron and Bielema played linebacker. Tennessees Butch Jones and Malzahn were receivers, though Malzahn also punted. Floridas Jim McElwain is the lone quarterback among SEC coaches.NO POWER LEAGUE, NO PROB: They may be trying to sign five-star recruits now, but not every coach played in a Power Five league. Some werent even in Division I. Malzahn walked on at Arkansas and later transferred to Division II Henderson State. McElwain played at Eastern Washington when it was still a Division II program. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was a tight end at Division III Ursinus in Pennsylvania, while Jones played both running back and wide receiver at Division II Ferris State before a knee injury ended his career.WORK, PATIENCE: No coach starts at the top, so that means patience and coaching no matter the sport. Freeze started coaching at a Tennessee high school, where he also coached girls basketball before heading to the college ranks. Stoops also coached in high school after a couple years as a graduate assistant at Iowa, while Jones was a student coach after his injury.You work your way up in this profession, the nights of sleeping in cars as a GA and having to be the first one in the office and the last one to leave and having to do all the other things, it makes you appreciate it that much more, Jones said.ALMOST HOOPS: Basketball, not football is still McElwains first love. He grew up playing basketball and had a key to a gym while growing up in Montana. McElwain, who started his coaching career at Eastern Washington, was offered a job at Gonzaga on the basketball coaching staff in the late 1980s. He stayed with football and now is in his second season with the Gators. You look back and you wonder sometimes, you know, where life will take you, McElwain said.CANCELED VISIT: Stoops canceled a trip to Michigan State knowing he would play at Iowa, even though Saban was the position coach recruiting him. That phone call didnt go very well, Stoops said. I was really young and na?ve and had no clue because I knew I wasnt a great player or anything like that, but I couldnt believe it because he made it very difficult for me. He was very persuasive and very good.FOOTBALL WON: Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze played two years of baseball in community college, always knowing he wanted to coach football after watching his father in rural Mississippi.Id go to Sunday film with him and they had the old 16 mm clicking and the cutting and splicing, and I just watched the influence and impact he had on kids, Freeze said. Really all I knew was farming or coaching, and I knew I didnt want to farm. I was always drawn to coaching and knew that was the route I was going to take.---AP Sports Writers Mark Long, Pete Iacobelli, Charles Odum, David Brandt, John Zenor, Steve Megargee, Brett Martel and Gary Graves contributed to this report. Cheap Jerseys China . 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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Theres potential for the fourth quarter of Sundays game between the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers to be a wild one.Thats because neither team has particularly shown a penchant for finishing games this season.The Panthers (4-8) have allowed a league-high 138 points in the fourth quarter and have lost five games by three points or less. The Chargers (5-8) have surrendered five fourth-quarter leads and have allowed 122 points in the fourth quarter, second most in the NFL.You look at teams and the difference between winning and losing isnt much on a weekly basis, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. It more often than not comes down to some play or some drive late in the game that a team makes or doesnt. You have to make those plays and theres a number of close games that weve been in ... for one reason or another we havent closed games out.Neither have the Panthers.Carolina lost 40-7 to the Seattle Seahawks last week as Cam Newton was benched to start the game because he violated a team rule by not wearing a tie on the team flight. But prior to that blowout, the Panthers lost to New Orleans, Kansas City, Oakland and Tampa Bay on last-minute field goals -- two of them as time expired.They also lost the season opener at Denver when Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal at the end of regulation.Cam made a great point the other day when he said, `The hard part, coach, is we didnt really get a chance to come back from some of those because they were last-minute plays, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. And I get that. You would love to have the ball in his hands because one of his strengths is the way he runs the two-minute offense.Some things to watch in the Chargers-Panthers game:CAROLINA CONNECTION: This will be a homecoming of sorts for McCoy, who spent eight seasons with the Panthers as an assistant coach and still has strong ties to the organization. McCoy said he and his family still vacation every summer with former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme and his family.Meanwhile Rivera also worked as an assistant coach with the Chargers from 2008-2010.BOSA SWAG: The Chargers like the swagger that first-round draft pick Joey Bosa has brought to the team after missing four games following a holdout.Once he got going, hes been a guy whos had a big impact for us, Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers said.dddddddddddd You know his demeanor, the guys love him, but his demeanor is what you would think in watching him play. Its a little bit, not cocky, but just kind of like he knows hes dang good. And he trots out there; he expects to be the best guy out there.KUECHLYS STATUS: The Panthers are hoping to get 2103 Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly back this week after he sat out two weeks with his second career concussion. While some have suggested the right call is to hold Kuechly out for the rest of the season with the Panthers a huge long shot the make the playoffs, Rivera said his middle linebacker will play if and when cleared by doctors.My response would be that hes a football player, Rivera said. And if he passes the protocol and he wants to play and the doctors want him to play, hell play. Its that simple. I dont control the protocol. But I do control the football team, in terms of, `Were going out there to play, were playing (games) one at a time, we play to win.CHARGERS UNCERTAINTY: The Chargers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, and theres uncertainly about McCoys future. He is 27-33 in four seasons. Theres also a cloud hanging over the franchise as chairman Dean Spanos ponders whether to relocate to Los Angeles following the defeat of a ballot measure for a new stadium.I dont think anybodys thinking about that in the fourth quarter. You dont just start thinking about it, Rivers said. Shoot, I dont give much thought to things I dont know enough about.OPENING THE GATES: Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates still needs three touchdown catches to break Tony Gonzalezs NFL record of 111 for the position. Gates hasnt caught a TD pass in two games. He wasnt targeted in a win at Houston two weeks ago, and had only four catches for 37 yards in a home loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday. 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