South Carolina Decides Will Muschamp’s Fate
South Carolina has decided Will Muschamp’s fate.
Muschamp, 48, is in the midst of a rough year.
The Gamecocks are coming off an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State and now sit at 4-6 on the season.
With games against Texas A&M and Clemson still on the agenda, South Carolina is poised for its first under-.500 year under Muschamp’s rule.
Obviously the win against Georgia was impressive, but the Gamecocks have gone 1-3 since then with defeats to Florida, Tennessee and Appalachian State. Their lone victory cam e against a terrible Vanderbilt squad.
This week, South Carolina president Robert Caslen spoke out about Muschamp’s job security.
“Coach Muschamp is my coach,” he said.
“That’s the message. He will be my coach through the end of the season.
“And then, just like any other coach that’s out there, whether it’s a soccer coach, whether it’s the equestrian coach, whatever, they’re going to do an end-of-year assessment, the athletic director does. Then, we’ll see what’s up.”
While that does not sound like the greatest vote of confident, the financial realities of parting ways with Muschamp are not lost on Caslen.
As it stands, Muschamp’s buyout is currently $19.4 million and will drop to $18.8 million come year’s end.
“If I wanted to do that — I’m not saying I would — but where am I going to come up with $18 million?” Caslen openly pondered.
“There’s so much more, as the president of a university, I could do with $18 million than to buy out a coach’s contract.
“I could build a parking garage, or I could revamp the stadium. There are so many more things you could do. So, why would I do that?”
Whether it is because he does not want to replace Muschamp or he simply does not want to pay that massive buyout, it does not seem like Caslen has any interested in firing his head football coach.
If South Carolina struggles again next year, though, don’t be surprised if Caslen changes his tune.