Will Muschamp is entering his fourth season at the helm of the South Carolina program in 2019, and expectations are high.
Despite facing one of the nation’s toughest schedules, Muschamp will feel the pressure to improve upon last year’s 7-6 record.
But, is Muschamp on the hot seat? On Monday morning, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum joined “The Roundtable” on WJOX and said he doesn’t think Muschamp’s seat is that hot entering the 2019 season (via 247Sports):
“The seat probably should be (hot), but I’m not sure it is,” Finebaum said. “I say this only because I’ve talked to the president of South Carolina and the athletic director recently and they have put up this stiff upper lip about Will Muschamp. I think it would take an absolute disaster of a season to unload him because they’re now blaming Spurrier for everything that has gone wrong in Will Muschamp’s tenure. Ray Tanner the other day said, ‘we all love coach Spurrier, but he didn’t leave the program in great shape from a recruiting standpoint.’
“I think that’s ridiculous at this point. We all know Muschamp and Kirby Smart have been at their program for the same exact time. One was left in better shape, but when you’re in Year 4, you really ought to just knock off on the excuses. I thought last year was certainly under-performing and the schedule this year is extremely difficult. I don’t think he’s going to lose his job this year. I think South Carolina people are more setting it up for the next year if things go haywire.”
It does seem as if 2020 is the real make-or-break year for Muschamp, but it’d be nice for the program to have some momentum heading into that pivotal season.