South Carolina has parted with football coach Will Muskamp, athletic director Ray Tanner announced Sunday.
Former head coach at Colorado State, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, will serve as the Gamecocks’ interim coach for the remainder.
“After an in-depth assessment of our football program, we have decided to make changes with the head football coach,” Tanner said in a statement. “I appreciate all that Will Muskamp has done for our program and wish him and his family all the best for moving forward. I believe that our program has been well received by coach Bobo as interim head coach Will be served as we seek a new leader for Gamecock football. “
Muskamp’s move to dismiss comes on the heels of South Carolina’s third straight defeat, a 59–42 setback to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Gamecocks (2-5) have allowed a total of 159 points while losing their three-match streak and given a total of 708 yards in loss to Ole Miss.
In his fifth season as coach of South Carolina, Muchhamp was 28–28 in 28 overs. He recorded more wins in his first three seasons (22) than any coach in school history and surpassed only Steve Spurrier (28) after four seasons as coach of South Carolina.
But the Gamecocks finished 4-8 a year ago and have lost 14 of their last 20 games from a 28–0 Belk Bowl loss to Virginia to end the 2018 season.
According to Muschamp’s contract, if he were to be fired at the end of this season, his purchase was in the $ 15 million range.
South Carolina President Bob Casslen and Tanner briefed players and staff about the coaching change during a meeting Sunday.
“I appreciate everything Coach Muskamp has done for our university. He is a true professional and strong advocate for our student-athletes,” Caslen said. “Under his leadership, our football players excelled in the classroom and served as mentors in the community. The program also brought in much-needed work. However, I believe it is time to move in a different direction . “
This is the second time Muschamp has been fired from the SEC head-coaching job. He was sacked by Florida at the end of the 2014 season and stepped into the final two games. He spent the 2015 season at Auburn as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
Machamp has a combined head-coaching record of 56–51 in South Carolina and Florida. In his second season in Florida in 2012, he was named SEC’s Co-Coach of the Year along with Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin. Muschamp took over for Urban Mayor in Florida and Spurrier in South Carolina.
The school said in its statement that “the search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.”
Hugh Freeze of Liberty and Billy Napier of Louisiana are expected to be one of the top targets to replace Muchchamp, along with Shane Beamer for Oklahoma, assistant head coach for the offense.