The Will Muschamp era at Auburn was short lived.
Muschamp will become South Carolina’s next head coach, according to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans. Muschamp will succeed legendary coach Steve Spurrier, who stepped down earlier this season. Current Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who was also on Muschamp’s staff when he was the head coach at Florida, will reportedly be named South Carolina’s defensive coordinator.
Many were expecting Muschamp to drastically improve Auburn’s defense in his first season at the helm, but the Tigers went from 66th in total defense last season to 90th this year.
Despite early struggles, the defense showed progress under Muschamp in the latter half of the season. The defensive unit peaked during a 26-10 win over Texas A&M on Nov. 7, in which the Tigers limited the Aggies to a season-low 303 yards of offense.
Heading into the Iron Bowl two weeks ago, Muschamp told reporters that he nor his representatives had been contacted about any other coaching jobs. Back in September, Muschamp said “I’m in this for the long haul” when he was asked about remaining at Auburn past this season.
Obviously things have changed since then.
There was hope that the team would continue to get better in Muschamp’s second season on The Plains, but now, Auburn will have to search for its third defensive coordinator in as many seasons and its fifth in the past six years.