Former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was introduced as the new South Carolina head coach Monday afternoon. Muschamp departs after just one season with the Tigers, but the coach harbors regrets about his time on The Plains.
“I have regrets over a 6-6 season,” Muschamp said. “I hate that those kids (Auburn players) have got to go through a change again as defensive coordinator. That’s something certainly that I regret that they have to face that.”
Auburn’s defense went from 66th nationally in total defense to 91st in Muschamp’s one season as the defensive signal-caller. There were growing pains for the Tigers on defense early in the season, but the team performed better as the season progressed.
The statistics don’t necessarily reflect a large difference from the beginning of the season, but the inability of Auburn’s offense to stay on the field didn’t help.
“I’m not a big stat guy,” Muschamp said. “But (I) explained to that team again I think we made tremendous improvements as the year went.”
Another coach will have to try and harness that defensive improvement moving into next season. The defensive coordinator position has become a revolving door at Auburn. The Tigers will have their third defensive coordinator in the past three seasons and seventh in the past 10 years. Despite the turnover, Muschamp expects good things from Auburn in the future.
“That’s a great situation there,” Muschamp said. “Gus (Malzahn) does a fantastic job. I’m really hurt that we couldn’t continue to move forward but certainly excited about the opportunity here (at South Carolina).”