If history repeats itself, South Carolina might have just struck gold.
Ten years ago, South Carolina hired a former Florida coach to take over its football program. Steve Spurrier wound up leading the Gamecocks to their most successful era of football.
Yet again, South Carolina has made a move to bring in a former Florida coach. This time, it’s Will Muschamp.
Muschamp is expected to take over as South Carolina’s football coach, according to Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of SI. Their source said the deal is “all but done” in a report published early Sunday morning.
On Saturday, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted that coach Rich Rodriguez — another major candidate for the job — had been offered the position but turned it down to remain with the Wildcats.
Muschamp spent this past season as Auburn’s defensive coordinator, helping the Tigers finish No. 69 in scoring defense (27.3 points per game) and No. 90 in total defense (421.8 yards per game) in the nation.
Muschamp coached the Gators from 2011-14, amassing a 28-21 record, including a first-place finish in the SEC East in 2012.
Overall, Muschamp boasts 13 years of experience coaching in the SEC, including stints at Florida, Auburn and LSU.
Muschamp has been long been considered the favorite to land in Columbia, S.C. despite a widespread search and interview process that reportedly included interim coach Shawn Elliott, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, Cal coach Sonny Dykes, former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and South Florida coach Willie Taggart.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia were also linked to the job.
In the past week, reports indicated that Muschamp has already reached out to Clemson co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott about taking on the same role at South Carolina.
Additionally, Muschamp reportedly reached out to former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore about a position on the staff, too.
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