South Carolina’s 2019-20 season will be remembered for one thing: the Gamecocks’ 20-17 double-overtime upset of Georgia. It still stands as one of the biggest upsets this season. But other than that, there isn’t much to be proud of if you’re a USC fan, and head coach Will Muschamp’s job is definitely not fully secure.
The Gamecocks are 4-6 with two games left to become bowl eligible. But that seems unlikely as they still have to play Texas A&M and Clemson. Since USC’s win over Georgia, the team is 1-3 with losses to Tennessee, Appalachian State and Florida.
Will Muschamp has certainly had a rough season as USC’s head coach. There’s been some chatter regarding whether or not he’ll be coaching for South Carolina beyond this season.
Athletic director Ray Tanner put that chatter to bed in a statement released on Friday. Here’s a bit of what Tanner had to say:
“Today, I want to make it clear that Will Muschamp is our football coach and will be our coach going forward,” Tanner said. “President Caslen and I are fully supportive of his leadership and his development of student-athletes on and off the field. Coach Muschamp and our staff are dedicated to the success of Gamecock football.”
You can read the rest of the statement in the tweet below.
South Carolina AD on Will Muschamp: pic.twitter.com/6S1NvOPJaJ
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) November 15, 2019
Tanner does go on to say that he wishes some of South Carolina’s games ended in a different outcome. But he is “excited about the future of our program.”
The AD and former USC baseball coach has faced his own pressure, as the football program has struggled to maintain momentum from the Steve Spurrier era under his guidance.
This backs up statements made by school president Robert Caslen, who directly addressed Muschamp’s large buyout, which definitely makes his firing less likely.
It looks like Muschamp will be sticking around for the time being. The Gamecocks face Texas A&M on Saturday.