Gamecocks hire Auburn DC Muschamp as head coach

December 15, 2014 Will MuschampPhoto by Wade Rackley/Auburn AthleticsAuburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp accepted South Carolina’s offer to replace Steve Spurrier as head coach.

Muschamp, the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football last season in his first year back at Auburn after a failed head coaching stint at Florida, is expected to make at least $3.5 million per season.

South Carolina also interviewed Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and South Florida coach Willie Taggart.

Muschamp, 44, was 28-21 at Florida (2011-14). He won 11 games and guided the Gators to the Sugar Bowl in 2012, but they dropped to 4-8 the next season.

This was the first season in his seven years as a defensive coordinator in the SEC that Muschamp didn’t place his defense in the top 15 in scoring and total defense.

Spurrier announced his retirement in October after a 2-4 start to give South Carolina time to take a long view on filling his position.
Photo courtesy of Auburn Athletics

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