Report: South Carolina has finalized deal with new coach
South Carolina is expected to name Will Muschamp its next coach Sunday.
Sports Illustrated reported just after midnight ET that the Gamecocks’ deal with the Auburn defensive coordinator is “all but done.”
Muschamp, a renowned defensive coordinator at LSU, Auburn, Texas and the Miami Dolphins, became Florida’s head coach in 2011. The Gators parted ways with Muschamp after he went 10-13 the last two seasons, and the team promptly won the SEC East this year with new coach Jim McElwain.
To be fair, Muschamp immediately became a hot commodity as an assistant — arguably the hottest — and he signed a deal worth more than $5 million for three years. But he went 17-15 in the SEC in three seasons.
Known as “Coach Boom” for his legendary intensity, Muschamp can be combustable toward officials and his players. Affable with the media and beloved by Florida’s athletic administration, he has a personality that the Gamecocks can sell.
The bigger question is, can he win games?
Muschamp never could develop a quarterback or hire an offensive coordinator that stuck at Florida. Now he’ll have to prove he can do just that at a team with a lesser tradition and fewer resources.
South Carolina’s vacancy appeared to be linked to Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. Depending on which report you believe, Rodriguez was or was not offered the job by the Gamecocks on Saturday. Either way, after interviewing with athletic director Ray Tanner, Rodriguez was on a plane back to Tucson, Ariz., announcing via Twitter that he intended to remain the coach of the Wildcats.
Muschamp would inherit a team that finished 3-9 under SEC legend Steve Spurrier and interim coach Shawn Elliott. Spurrier finished 86-49 in nearly 11 seasons in Columbia, S.C.