Will Muschamp

Head Coach, South Carolina Gamecocks

Will Muschamp is the current defensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers. He served previously as head coach of the Florida Gators and defensive coordinator at Texas, Auburn, LSU and the Miami Dolphins.

Muschamp walked-on at Georgia as a safety in the early 1990s before landing his first college gig at Auburn as a grad assistant in 1995. After several small-school stops, Muschamp landed the linebackers job at LSU in 2001, before being promoted to defensive coordinator the following season. His LSU defense in 2003 led the nation in scoring defense (11.0 PPG) and total defense (252.2 YPG) during a national championship season. Muschamp’s intense sideline personality wasn’t brought to the forefront however until his three-year stint under Mack Brown at Texas as the Big XII’s highest-paid assistant from 2008 to 2010.

Said to be the head coach in waiting in Austin, Muschamp bolted for Gainesville instead in 2011 after talking it over with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley. Muschamp was fired as head coach of the Florida Gators during his fourth season.

Soon after his departure from Gainesville, Gus Malzahn successfully wooed Muschamp to be the defensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers.

Just one year after joining Auburn, the South Caroline Gamecocks hired Muschamp to replace Steve Spurrier in Columbia.

Coaching History Team Years
Head Coach South Carolina Gamecocks 2016-Present
Defensive Coordinator Auburn Tigers 2015
Head Coach Florida Gators 2011-2014
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Texas Longhorns 2008-2010
Defensive Coordinator Auburn Tigers 2006-2007
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Miami Dolphins 2005
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach LSU Tigers 2001-2004
Defensive Coordinator Valdosta State Blazers 2000
Defensive Backs Coach Eastern Kentucky Colonels 1999
Defensive Backs Coach West Georgia Wolves 1998
Graduate Assistant Auburn Tigers 1995-1996

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Oct 10, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks helmet sits on the purple and gold lines of the LSU Tigers field during pregame of a game at Tiger Stadium. The game was moved from South Carolina to Baton Rouge following flooding.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
In-state recruit picks the Gamecocks over several other offers.
Nov 19, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Teez Tabor (31) celebrates the win over the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. The Gators defeat the Tigers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 5, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Deebo Samuel (1) high fives student fans after the game at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina wins 31-21 over Missouri. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
If Jake Bentley, Rico Dowdle, Deebo Samuel and Hayden Hurst continue on their current trajectories, then the SEC East would be unwise to engage the Gamecocks in any shootouts.
Jake Bentley
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Part of South Carolina's problem on offense can be linked to a lack of explosive plays, which sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley believes will be fixed in 2017.
Aug 6, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre gives his acceptance speech during the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport
The Hall of Famer had high praise for South Carolina receivers when he visited Will Muschamp's coaching clinic.
Oct 22, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Hayden Hurst (81) runs after the catch against the Massachusetts Minutemen in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL teams that do make the trip to South Carolina for Pro Day could be pleasantly surprised by what they see. The only problem is they'll have to wait at least a year to add several prospects to their draft board.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban  runs off the field after the first half against the Clemson Tigers  in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
After watching some of college football’s top athletes perform a variety of drills at last weekend’s NFL Combine, one major question still hangs in the air. How would each of the SEC’s 14 head coaches fare in some of the Combine’s main events?
Brandon McIlwain
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The Gamecocks are losing a two-sport athlete who signed with the program in 2016.
These players add to the tremendous SEC-wide depth at the defensive back position, and some of them just might work their way onto the field as true freshmen.