South Carolina is close to naming its next coach.
The university could find Steve Spurrier’s replacement as early as this weekend, according to FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.
There have been a number of reported candidates, including Auburn defensive coordinator and former Florida coach Will Muschamp, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Cal coach Sonny Dykes, South Florida coach Willie Taggart and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
All of those candidates received interviews this week, according to Feldman. As did interim coach Shawn Elliott.
Muschamp, the presumptive favorite, just completed his first season at Auburn and spent 2011-14 as head coach at Florida.
Riley, a Broyles Award finalist, helped Oklahoma finish third in scoring offense and seventh in total offense during his first season with the Sooners. If hired, Riley, 32, would become the youngest coach in the FBS.
Taggart led South Florida to an 8-4 season in his third season with the Bulls. He previously coached at Western Kentucky.
Dykes has shown steady improvement at the helm of Cal the past three seasons, leading the Bears to their first bowl game since 2011. He’s also reportedly in the mix for the head coach opening at Virginia.
Schiano was at the helm of Rutgers from 2001-2011 and helped transform the football program. He took over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the NFL, being ousted from Tampa Bay in favor of Lovie Smith. He has been out of coaching since.