Will Muschamp has been fired as South Carolina’s head football coach, the school announced on Sunday. Muschamp’s tenure with the Gamecocks spanned five seasons. Muschamp — who is owed a buyout that is 75% of his remaining contract — ends his time in South Carolina with a record of 28-30. While the school looks for a replacement, Mike Bobo has been named the interim head coach.
Muschamp and South Carolina part ways with four more seasons remaining on the coach’s contract. Muschamp and the school agreed to a contract extension at the end of 2018 that carried through 2024, but after a disappointing 2019 campaign and trouble this season, South Carolina has decided to move in a new direction. Several media members listed potential replacements after the news of Muschamp's firing broke, and the suggested candidates included Billy Napier, Hugh Freeze, Rhett Lashlee and many more.
Last December, in order to keep South Carolina running backs coach Thomas Brown on his staff, Muschamp reworked his contract for 2020, which reduced the amount of his contract buyout from $15.3 million to $13.2 million.