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No change in Auburn DC Will Muschamp’s status heading into SEC Championship weekend

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp watches his group play Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp watches his group play Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.

The rampant speculation surrounding Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s job intensified Friday afternoon.

A report mistakenly claimed the coach had put in his resignation to accept the head coaching position at South Carolina, but a source within the Tigers program was adamant Muschamp had not resigned.

When the initial story was put out that Muschamp had resigned, several Auburn defenders sent out Tweets alluding to the situation. 

“Wow,” Auburn defensive back Josh Holsey tweeted.

While fellow defensive back Javaris Davis said, “at the end of the day, you have to worry about you….”

Auburn’s denial comes as multiple outlets had Muschamp reaching out to colleagues about filling roles on his future staff at South Carolina.

According to The State, Muschamp contacted former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore for an unspecified role as an assistant.

TigersIllustrated.com linked Muschamp and Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott. Scott also has ties to South Carolina as the son of former head coach Brad Scott.

South Carolina president Harris Pastides told The Big Spur, 247Sport’s website covering the Gamecocks, that the university’s search for Steve Spurrier’s replacement was coming to a close. 

“I think he’s (athletic director Ray Tanner) in the very, very final stage,” Pastides said Friday night.

Tanner spent Thursday and Friday interviewing a large pool of candidates including the team’s current interim coach Shawn Elliott, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

South Florida coach Willie Taggart’s name was added to the list of interviewees late Friday afternoon.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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