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Report: Will Muschamp has ‘agreed in principle’ to become South Carolina’s next head coach

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is on his way out to become South Carolina's new coach.
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is on his way out to become South Carolina's new coach. AP Photo

Will Muschamp’s second go-around as Auburn’s defensive coordinator is going to last a year.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Muschamp has “agreed in principal” to become South Carolina’s next head coach.

The agreement is expected to be officially announced Sunday.

It caps a wild 48 hours that had South Carolina interviewing a long list of candidates and extend an offer to Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.

Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne announced on Twitter that Rodriguez rejected the offer and is staying with the Wildcats.

Muschamp appears comfortable with being South Carolina’s backup option to replace longtime coach Steve Spurrier. After a 2-4 start, Spurrier stepped down in October.

The Gamecocks finished the season 3-9 under interim coach Shawn Elliott.

Muschamp is leaving the Plains for his second head coaching opportunity. The 44-year-old Muschamp went 28-21 in four seasons with the Gators.

He signed a lucrative three-year deal with Auburn worth $5.1 million in May, but the contract allowed him to leave the Auburn without penalty following the end of the regular season as long as the Tigers weren’t playing in the SEC Championship game.

Muschamp’s departure means Auburn will be searching for a fifth defensive coordinator in six years.

Auburn (6-6; 2-6 SEC) finished the regular season with the second worst overall defensive in the SEC having allowed 421.8 yards per game and 11th in scoring defense giving up 27.3 points per game.

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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