South Carolina AD Ray Tanner releases statement on Will Muschamp's future
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is safe for another season.
On Friday afternoon, Gamecocks AD Ray Tanner released a statement clarifying Muschamp’s future.
“Today, I want to make it clear that Will Muschamp is our football coach and will be our coach going forward. President Caslen and I are fully supportive of his leadership and his development of student-athletes on and off the field,” Tanner said in a statement. “Coach Muschamp and our staff are dedicated to the success of Gamecock football. They have built a program where our team plays for each other and for our University, and they deserve our full support. While we wish the outcome of some of our games would have been different, we are excited about the future of our program.”
Currently, Muschamp’s Gamecocks sit 4-6 on the season with two games left — Texas A&M and Clemson. USC needs to win both to become bowl eligible, and that’s certainly an uphill climb.
Two days ago, USC President Robert Caslen gave Muschamp a vote of confidence, too, … sort of.
“Coach Muschamp is my coach. That’s the message. He will be my coach through the end of the season,” Caslen said. “And then, just like any other coach that’s out there, whether it’s a soccer coach, whether it’s the equestrian coach, whatever, they’re going to do an end-of-year assessment, the athletic director does. Then, we’ll see what’s up.”
Most recently, South Carolina lost to Appalachian State 20-15. Overall, it’s been a frustrating season playing arguably college football’s toughest schedule.
With Muschamp essentially guaranteed to return in 2020, it will become his most important yet at South Carolina with little margin for error.