South Carolina fires Will Muschamp in his fifth season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

South Carolina Gamecocks have fired head football coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. He has been at the school since the 2016 season.

Muschamp guided the team to a 6-13 record the past one-plus season. The Gamecocks are a lackluster 2-5 season.

Former South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Will Muschamp greets fans before a game
Former South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Will Muschamp greets fans before a game (Photo by South Carolina Gamecocks Athletic Department/Travis Bell)

“After a thorough assessment of our football program, we have decided to make a change with the head football coach,” Gamecocks Athletic Director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward. I believe our program will be well served by Coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock Football.”

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Former Colorado State Rams head coach Mike Bobo will finish the season as interim head coach. Bobo came to South Carolina after the 2019 season when he was fired by Colorado State.

Muschamp is 56-51 at South Carolina and Florida. However, he went 28-21 at Florida and 28-30 at South Carolina.

He was 34-37 as a head coach in Southeastern Conference games. In addition, Muschamp is 2-3 as a head coach in Bowl games.

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Since he signed a contract extension with South Carolina in December 2018, he’s looking at a hefty buyout.

Muschamp may attempt to get a Defensive Coordinator job for the 2021 season. He was a Defensive Coordinator with the Auburn Tigers in 2015 after being fired by the Gators before the team’s Birmingham Bowl.

Bobo was 28-35 as the Rams head coach from 2015-2019. After having three straight 7-6 seasons, Colorado State went 7-17 in 2018 and 2019.

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“We will begin a search immediately to find the best head coach for Carolina football,” Tanner said. “We have great facilities, a passionate fan base, a University that is committed to excellence in football and a support system that is second to none in developing student-athletes. We will be looking for someone with the energy, commitment and organizational skills that can move our program to a championship level.”

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