Even as the list of candidates continues to grow, South Carolina may be closing on its next coach.
All signs point to Auburn defensive coordinator and former Florida coach Will Muschamp being named the next South Carolina coach, according to 247Sports’ JC Shurburtt.
Earlier Thursday, it was reported that Muschamp was going to receive an interview with university officials sometime in the next 24 hours — and that South Carolina could make a decision on its coaching hire by this weekend.
Muschamp, who’s in the first season of his second stint at Auburn, previously coached at Florida from 2011-14. He went 28-21 with the Gators, including a first-place finish in the SEC East in 2012.
Muschamp was one of several candidates to reportedly receive interviews or be in contact with the university about the position.
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, Cal coach Sonny Dykes and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano were all reportedly expected to meet with South Carolina officials.
Interim coach Shawn Elliott interviewed with athletic director Ray Tanner on Wednesday.
Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen were expected to be in the mix as well.