South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp has an unusual distinction.
Muschamp has coached at three different SEC programs in each of the past three seasons.
The 45-year-old Muschamp was head coach at Florida from 2011 through 2014, spent 2015 in Auburn as defensive coordinator and replaced Steve Spurrier in Columbia, S.C., last season.
Considered one of the top defensive coaches in college football, Muschamp made his mark as a coach with his intense, fiery demeanor on the sideline at LSU, where he was Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator, Auburn (he was DC there in 2006 and 2007, too), as well as Texas before replacing Urban Meyer at Florida.
Muschamp was 28-21 in four seasons at Florida. That stint included an 11-2 season that culminated with a trip to the Sugar Bowl. But that season was followed by a 4-8 campaign, and AD Jeremy Foley said in 2014 that Muschamp wouldn’t return after the Gators lost to South Carolina.
His first season in South Carolina was deemed successful by most accounts. The program was in disarray in 2015 when Steve Spurrier stepped down early and the Gamecocks stumbled to a 3-9 mark.
South Carolina won four of its final seven games and its overtime loss to South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl kept the Gamecocks from finishing with an above .500 record. The Gamecocks saw slight improvements statistically on defense, and the feel around the program has taken on a positive feel.
Muschamp reportedly earned $3 million in 2016.
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