Football’s offseason has barely begun, and fresh off a 4-8 campaign, head coach Will Muschamp has already started to make changes to his staff.
According to The Big Spur, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman is out, along with quarterbacks coach Dan Werner. Dillman worked under Muschamp at Florida, then had a brief stint at Alabama before joining him in Columbia, while Werner was a recent addition to the staff — also via Alabama — after former offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was fired.
Speaking of offensive coordinators, that’s the biggest shakeup — according to The Athletic, Bryan McClendon will no longer call plays for the Gamecocks. He’s still on the staff, so I assume he’ll return to his former duty as wide receivers coach while South Carolina looks to make an outside hire at OC.
While this is all encouraging news to hear, it was, quite literally, the bare minimum that needed to happen. Muschamp is safe through at least 2020, but his program, as currently constructed, had no hope of surviving beyond that season without some changes.
It’s not hyperbole to say that Muschamp’s career as a head coach in the Power 5 — not just at South Carolina — depends mightily on his next moves. Let the speculation begin.