Will Muschamp is the 34th head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. He replaces the legendary Steve Spurrier but will definitely do it in a completely different way. Spurrier being an offensive genius and Muschamp being a defensive Stallworth. Spurrier more cool and collective personality and Muschamp being fiery, raw, and emotional. But a coach like Muschamp will get the boys in Columbia ready to play every Saturday.
Will Muschamp’s defensive genius should not come as a shock because he comes from the Nick Saban/Mack Brown coaching tree. He was Saban’s Defensive Coordinator at LSU from 2001-2004, where he won a national championship. He joined Saban at the Miami Dolphins in 2005. In 2006, he joined the Auburn staff as their DC and in his two-year stint he had one of the nation’s top defenses both years.
In 2008, he joined the Texas Longhorns as Mack Brown’s DC. With help by Muschamp’s top defense, he led Texas to the national championship in the 2009 season where they played Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. In December 2010 he agreed to be Florida’s head coach. His best season with the Gators was in 2012 when they went 11-2. His last job was at Auburn this year as their DC.
Muschamp will inherit a very young defense that should be eager to make amends for their how they have played the last two years. If juniors don’t leave and no one transfers out the defense will return eight starters. If juniors don’t leave and no one transfers out, the offense will return six starters, this doesn’t include Pharoh Cooper because he already declared for the draft.
If Muschamp can duplicate his defensive success at LSU and Texas here at South Carolina and hire the right offensive coordinator, the students and fans will be Sandstroming more in 2016.
From his press conference, Muschamp said, “Everything is here for us to be successful.”
“We want to be a blue collar over-achieving group,” said the new head coach at his press conference on Monday.