South Carolina fires Will Muschamp
Following a rough 2-5 start to the season, which included allowing a combined 159 points in the Gamecocks’ three most recent games, Will Muschamp won’t be around to see Year 6 in Columbia.
On Sunday, South Carolina made the decision to move on from the Muschamp era, according to Mike Uva of WACH FOX 57. The school later confirmed the news.
“After a thorough assessment of our football program, we have decided to make a change with the head football coach,” said South Carolina AD Ray Tanner in a released statement. “I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward. I believe our program will be well served by Coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock Football.”
Muschamp finishes his South Carolina coaching career with an overall record of 28-30 and an SEC record of 17-22 in Columbia. Prior to landing the South Carolina job, Muschamp had an overall record of 28-21 at Florida, meaning his overall coaching mark is now 56-51.
A dreadful three-game streak appears to have been enough for South Carolina. Gamecocks opponents scored 48 points or more in each of the last three games, a tough pill to swallow with Muschamp’s background as a defensive coordinator. The losing skid started on Oct. 24 with a 52-24 loss at LSU with the Tigers freshman quarterback making his first start. On Nov. 7, Texas A&M defeated South Carolina 48-3 in Columbia. South Carolina dropped a 59-42 shootout to Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks are now 2-5 heading into a Week 9 matchup against Missouri.
Muschamp was fired during his fourth season at Florida in 2014. Before taking the South Carolina head coaching job he returned to Auburn to be Gus Malzahn’s defensive coordinator for the 2015 season.