South Carolina fires head coach Will Muschamp

Oct 17, 2020; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp disputes a call against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The writing seemed to be on the wall in more ways than one. Following South Carolina’s blowout 59-42 loss to Mississippi on Saturday, speculation surrounded South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp. Would he last the remainder of the season?

We now have an answer to the question. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner didn’t waste any time on Sunday, opting to move on from the embattled head coach.

South Carolina fires head coach Will Muschamp

This comes after Will Muschamp was seen berating officials late in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.

It also comes with the Gamecocks at 2-5 on the season and coming off three ugly losses in a row. In fact, South Carolina was outscored 159-69 in Will Muschamp’s final three games as the program’s head coach.

Muschamp’s tenure in Columbia ends with him boasting a mediocre 28-30 record with just one bowl win. The expectations were high for South Carolina when they hired the former Florida head coach back in 2016. It just didn’t go according to plan.

South Carolina fires Will Muschamp
Nov 16, 2019; College Station, TX, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp looks on during the fourth quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

This season alone, South Carolina ranks 74th out of 125 teams in points scored and 104th in points allowed. That’s just not going to cut it.

Prior to taking over for the Gamecocks, Muschamp posted a 28-21 record as Florida’s head coach. That included just two bowl appearances under the guidance of the defensive-minded head coach.

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As for the remainder of the Gamecocks’ season, they will close up a truncated SEC schedule with games against Missouri, Georgia and Kentucky.

Former Georgia quarterback and current South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will take over as head coach on an interim basis. He spent the past five seasons as the Colorado State head coach.

We’ll obviously have more on this story. For now, the largely pedestrian tenure of Will Muschamp as South Carolina’s head coach has come to an end.