South Carolina is reportedly zeroing in on Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as its next head coach. But after a myriad of coaches were linked to the job, has an intriguing Plan B emerged?
If things do not work out with Muschamp, the Gamecocks will “set their sights” on Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, according to JC Shurburtt of 247sports.
Rodriguez, 52, is in his fourth season at Arizona. The Wildcats went 6-6 in the regular season, but Arizona won the Pac-12 South Division last season and has defeated a team ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll every year under Rodriguez.
Before Arizona, Rodriguez spent three unremarkable years at Michigan after seven very successful seasons with West Virginia. He also spent two years as the offensive coordinator for Tommy Bowden at Clemson in 1999 and 2000.
Rodriguez has long been one of the top spread offense coaches in the country.
Several candidates have been connected to South Carolina, but that group is dwindling. Tom Herman agreed to a contract extension with Houston, while Larry Fedora (North Carolina) and Willie Taggart (South Florida) reportedly did the same Saturday.
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