South Carolina fires football coach Will Muschamp following 2-5 start in his fifth season

South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp on Sunday night, consummating a decision that had been building in recent days as the Gamecocks program seemed destined for a third losing season in five years under Muschamp. 

South Carolina will pay a hefty price to make a coaching change, owing Muschamp $13.475 million according to a contract amendment signed last December. It's the second SEC job from which Muschamp has been fired; he was owed roughly $6.3 million after going 28-21 in four seasons (2011-14) at Florida. 

Muschamp, a former defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at LSU and Mack Brown at Texas, had some early success at South Carolina, including a 9-4 season in 2017 that ended with a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. 

Will Muschamp has been fired as head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. (Photo: Jeff Blake, USA TODAY Sports)

But the Gamecocks have gone backwards each year since, as Muschamp cycled through three offensive coordinators trying to find a system that would work. This year, South Carolina's defense struggled as well, allowing 159 points in its last three games. Saturday's 59-42 loss to Ole Miss was the final straw for Muschamp, as the school decided it was time to part ways as his SEC record dipped to 17-22. His mark at South Carolina was 28-30 ov. 

Mike Bobo, the current offensive coordinator, will take over as interim head coach.  

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"I appreciate everything Coach Muschamp has done for our University. He is a true professional and strong advocate for our student-athletes," school president Bob Caslen said in a statement. "Under his leadership, our football players excelled in the classroom and served as mentors in the community. Will also brought much-needed stability to the program. However, I believe it is time to move in a different direction."

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