Is a bidding war brewing for the services of former Florida coach Will Muschamp?
Fired after four seasons as head coach of the Gators, Muschamp is the top candidate to become the defensive coordinator at two SEC schools, according to reports.
Muschamp is apparently the first choice of Auburn and Texas A&M, which both fired their defensive coordinators in the past few days. The Tigers fired Ellis Johnson and the Aggies released Mark Snyder.
He has received offers from both schools to become defensive coordinator, according to reports, including Auburnsports.com.
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Muschamp has served previously as Auburn’s defensive coordinator, and is friends with Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin. Muschamp also is a former Texas defensive coordinator and has NFL assistant coaching experience.
Muschamp has been mentioned as a candidate at South Carolina should coach Steve Spurrier decided to replace Lorenzo Ward. Muschamp and Spurrier spoke twice on Tuesday, according to the Sports Talk Radio Network.
Spurrier told The State that he does not have any immediate plans to fire any of his assistants.
“All our coaches are out recruiting. All of our coaches are under contract,” he said. “Some of them may get a job somewhere else, you never know, and we’ll go from there. We are probably pretty flexible right now a little bit on the staff, but I believe that almost all of our guys will be back.”
Ward and other USC defensive assistants have been under fire for the unit’s struggles this season.
After two years on the job, Johnson was dismissed Sunday, less than 24 hours after his unit allowed Alabama to score 55 points in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl on record. But that performance was merely the last straw; in the five SEC contests prior to Saturday, the Tigers had allowed every opponent to score at least 31 points and gave up, on average, 482.2 yards of total offense.
The most surprising aspect is that these outings followed a splendid beginning, as opposing offenses were able to score a combined 72 points in the first five games of the season.
So what led to the defensive collapse in the final seven contests?
"(We) just lost focus," senior cornerback Jonathon Mincy said in a postgame interview Saturday night. "Lost focus and just got to be accountable to ourselves. Everybody got to take accountability."
Fired Nebraska coach Bo Pelini also has been mentioned as candidate at Auburn.