South Carolina fires their football coach Will Muschamp, and in the process, looks burdened to pay dues worth $13.475 million for the coach change. This is the second time, that Muschamp got fired from his SEC job. At Florida, he owed $6.3 million after a season of 28-21 in four seasons starting 2011 till 2014. The athlete director Ray Tanner declared the news of the separation on Sunday. As per the contract, the buyout was pinned at $15 million.
Gamecocks And Will Muschamp Fallout
Muschamp is a former defensive co-ordinator. He had some early success at South Carolina, which includes a 9-4 season in the year 2017. He had managed to get his team to win in the Outback Bowl. However, the Gamecocks program looks destined to lose under Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks have gone backward each year. Muschamp has been trying to work a way out for the Gamecocks, but without fail.
This year, South Carolina’s defense has struggled as well. They managed to score only 159 points in the last three games. Moreover, Saturday’s 59-42 loss to Ole Miss was the final hammer. The school decided to oust the coach after a period of deliberation. His final mark at South Carolina was 28-30.
Muschamp had recorded more wins in his first three seasons at 22, than any other coach in school’s history. However, he trailed only Steve Spurrier with 28 after four seasons as South Carolina’s coach. However, under him, the Gamecocks finished 4-8 a year ago, having lost 14 of their past games amongst 20. It dates back to Belk Bowl in 2018, when Virginia defeated them.
A Team Rejig After South Carolina Fires Will
Mike Bobo, who is the current offensive coordinator will take over the position left vacant by Will Muschamp. He is the former head coach of Colorado State. He looks all set to enter as interim coach. After South Carolina fires Will, the School President Bob Caslen says, that he appreciates whatever Will Muschamp has done for the school.
He has praised Muschamp as a true professional. He has further added that, under his guidance the school excelled in the classroom. Moreover, he also gave stability to the team. He believes that Coach Bobo will bring the same tenacity to the team.
In the meanwhile, the school management will be on the lookout for a new coach. The top targets this season are Liberty’s Hugh Freeze, Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell, and Louisiana’s Billy Napier. Other than these, Oklahoma’s assistant head coach Shane Beamer also fits the bill.
This is the second oust of Will Muschamp after 2014. He had coached the final two games, before stepping away. He had spent 2015 in Auburn as the Tiger’s defense coordinator. His total record at Florida and South Carolina is 56-51. In 2012, he was named SEC’s Co-Coach of the Year with Kevin Sumlin.
He had taken over Urban Meyer at Florida, at South Carolina thereafter. So, South Carolina looks forward to some changes in the team spirit, with Muschamp leaving their side. With a change of coach, they are expecting a change in a jinx as well.