Auburn Football: What Will Muschamp’s SC ouster means for Tigers

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Will Muschamp is no longer the head coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. What does the firing of former defensive coordinator for the Auburn football program mean for the Tigers?

Just one month after upsetting the same Auburn football program he once served as the defensive coordinator for, Will Muschamp is officially out as the head coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks:

"“After a thorough assessment of our football program, we have decided to make a change with the head football coach,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said. “I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward. I believe our program will be well served by coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock football.”"

While the hammer being dropped might have been a long time coming for Muschamp, who amassed a 22-23 record in his four-and-a-half seasons as head coach, his dismissal opens the door for a fellow rival to add him to their staff.

Another head coaching job–at least in a Power 5 conference–doesn’t immediately seem to be available for Muschamp, but a defensive coordinator job is a possibility for the SEC coaching veteran.

After stops at  Auburn, Texas, LSU, Valdosta State, Eastern Kentucky, and West Georgia on their coaching staff (as well as the Miami Dolphins in the NFL as an assistant), Muschamp’s jump to the voice of the locker room has sputtered.

As a head coach, Muschamp owns a 56-51 record, including a 28-21 mark in four seasons at Florida.

All of his stops have been in the SEC.

None of them has gone according to plan.

Muschamp belongs on a coaching staff, but for whatever reason, he isn’t fit to be the leader of one. And that’s okay. A defensive coordinator job is there for the taking, and the War Eagle would have no problem welcoming Muschamp back to Auburn in that capacity.

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