Will Muschamp has been tagged with restoring the football program at South Carolina, but apparently not everyone is in his corner.
In a column by ESPN.com’s Travis Haney, an anonymous coach criticized the hiring of Muschamp and couldn’t fathom why he received another chance just one year removed from his departure from Florida.
“He was just fired a year ago in the same division,” one power coach said “Help me understand why he gets another job like that.”
Athletic directors and agents told Haney that South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner “struggled” with both the hire and conducting the search.
The university originally aimed for Houston’s Tom Herman and then former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart before Herman decided to remain at his current position and Smart took over for Mark Richt at UGA.
“They ran out of options … really quick,” an agent said. “They wanted Herman, couldn’t get him. Then Kirby (Smart) goes to Georgia. Then what?”
With the university all but out of options, Tanner followed the advice of former Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier, who endorsed Muschamp for the position, according to Haney. That recommendation carried a lot of weight and led to the eventual hire.