Three straight losses in which the defense gave up a combined 159 points apparently was the tipping point at South Carolina, which fired head coach Will Muschamp Sunday evening. The former Florida head coach seemed to have his team heading in the right direction after a 30-22 win over Auburn, but the wheels fell off in losses to LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi in which the Gamecocks were outscored 159-69.
Muschamp departs South Carolina with a 28-30 record (he was 28-21 at Florida). The high point of his tenure in Columbia was a 9-4 record in 2017 which included a 28-19 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Since then, however, the Gamecocks are 13-19 including this season's 2-5 mark.
Although he would like to remain a head coach, it's more likely that Muschamp's next job will be as somebody's defensive coordinator. Prior to taking the Florida job back in 2011, Muschamp had been the defensive coordinator for Nick Saban's 2003 national championship team at LSU, at Auburn for Tommy Tuberville and at Texas for Mac Brown. In 2015, the year after he was fired by Florida, Muschamp worked as the defensive coordinator for Gus Malzahn at Auburn.
Keep an eye on Alabama. The Crimson Tide is allowing an un-Nick Saban-like 22 points and 389.2 yards per game under defensive coordinator Pete Golding. In the most critical losses of the 2019 season with Golding in charge of the defense, Alabama gave up 46 points to LSU and 48 to Auburn. If Saban elects to part ways with Golding, he might look no further than to Muschamp. If he wants to be a head coach again, Muschamp might want to work with his old boss again, particularly given that Alabama has become a high-level coaching rehabilitation facility.
Muschamp's buyout at South Carolina is reportedly in the range of $13.8 million a year so he won't be starving even if he takes a year or so off from coaching.
Athletic director Ray Tanner named offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as the interim head coach, which is interesting in that Bobo's erratic offense played heavily into Muschamp losing his job. South Carolina is averaging 27.3 points and 370.1 yards per game, both numbers helped considerably by a 42-point, 548-yard output against Ole Miss, the worst defense in the SEC and one of the five worst in all of college football. Bobo came to South Carolina after being fired as the head coach at Colorado State.