South Carolina target? Billy Napier responds to being linked to open job with Gamecocks
One of the many names consistently linked to the South Carolina opening is Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns coach Billy Napier. After Liberty coach Hugh Freeze, Napier, a former Alabama and Clemson assistant, is considered a possible candidate to replace Will Muschamp.
But Napier wouldn’t directly address the possibility.
“You know I’m not gonna comment on a specific job, especially at this point in time,” Napier said, per Tim Buckley of The Daily Advertiser.
Napier, who has led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 7-1 record and a No. 25 ranking after Saturday’s 38-10 win over South Alabama.
“You guys have been around me for a couple years now; you know I’m not gonna comment on those things,” he told KPEL 1420 AM’s Scott Prather during his regular radio appearance early Monday morning, per Tim Buckley of The Daily Advertiser.
Napier gained some national attention earlier this year when Louisiana upset No. 23 Iowa State, 31-14.
The Chatsworth, Georgia native played at Furman, but has since coached at South Carolina State, Clemson, Colorado, Alabama and Arizona State.
Last season, Louisiana went 11-3 overall record and clinched the Sun Belt’s West Division title with a 53-3 victory over Troy.
The Ragin’ Cajuns then beat the Miami Redhawks, 27-17, in the LendingTree Bowl, which was played in Mobile, Alabama. This is Napier’s third season at ULL, and he’s won at least seven games each season.