Former Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be introduced as the South Carolina head coach on Monday, Dec. 7th. He agreed to become the Gamecocks head coach once Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez turned down the job.
Muschamp was one of a handful of candidates, who were interviewed and had interest in the job. But it wasn’t until Championship Saturday when things began to dwindle down.
After Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted that Rodriguez was staying put, Muschamp accepted the job. South Carolina officials also interviewed Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and South Florida head coach Willie Taggart.
ESPN.com’s Chris Low reported late this morning that Muschamp was one of the team’s top targets.
He just completed his first season as the Tigers defensive coordinator. The 44-year-old went to Auburn after being fired as the Florida Gators head coach, where he had a 28-21 record in four seasons from 2011 through 2014.
A decade ago, the South Carolina officials hired a former Gators head coach and they had success for a long-time, before his abrupt resignation in October. Spurrier was the head coach for 11-years at the school.
He was 185-49 before resigning after the LSU Tigers loss.
Spurrier said he resigned because he felt like he was hurting the team’s recruiting efforts. After three-straight 11-2 seasons (’11-13), the team fell off to 7-6 season last season and 3-9 this season.