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South Carolina hires Will Muschamp as head football coach

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The former Florida head coach will get another chance at running a program - this time in Columbia.

The South Carolina Gamecocks have their man.

Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers, has been hired as the 33rd head coach of the South Carolina football program. He will be officially introduced to the media during an 11 a.m. press conference on Monday morning. It's not known whether or not he will perform his DC duties during Auburn's bowl game - but it's unlikely.

In his second stint as the Tigers' DC, Muschamp's defense ranked 52nd in defensive S&P+ as the team struggled to a 6-6 record. His latest tenure in the Plains followed a four-year stint as the head coach of Florida, where he went 11-2 in 2012 (7-1 SEC) en route to a Sugar Bowl appearance. However, the program could never sustain that success, and went just 10-13 in 2013 and 2014 (7-9 in conference play). Florida managed 18.8 points per game in 2013 (112th in FBS) and, despite improvement in 2014 after a new offensive staff was brought in, Muschamp was shown the door.

After Muschamp is officially introduced (again, likely Monday at the earliest), one of his main tasks is wooing South Carolina's current crop of recruits - and as a result, he has already begun building his staff. Auburn secondary coach Travaris Johnson (a highly regarded recruiter) will join Muschamp in Columbia as his defensive coordinator. Kurt Roper, Muschamp's former offensive coordinator in 2014 at Florida, will reportedly take the same position here after serving as a senior offensive assistant with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.