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Names to know: South Carolina’s football coaching search

From staff reports

Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp
Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp USA TODAY Sports

An updated roundup of all the names most recently associated with South Carolina’s football coaching search.


▪  Tom Herman, Larry Fedora: Negotiating deals to stay at Houston and North Carolina, respectively.

▪  Kirby Smart: Alabama defensive coordinator expected to be named Georgia's head coach as early as this weekend.


Will Muschamp

Current job: Auburn defensive coordinator

Next game: Bowl

Update: Can leave Auburn with no buyout or penalty after this weekend

USC competition: Staying at Auburn; joining Smart’s staff at Georgia as defensive coordinator

Lincoln Riley

Current job: Oklahoma offensive coordinator

Next game: Likely College Football Playoff final four

Update: ESPN says Riley, USC will talk this week

USC competition: Staying at Oklahoma; Memphis also reportedly interested

GoGamecocks' Josh Kendall on why the South Carolina football coach search has yet to reach an end.


▪  Shane Beamer: Former South Carolina assistant, who currently is on the Virginia Tech staff, could become a candidate.

▪  Rich Bissacia: Dallas Cowboys assistant spent six years at South Carolina and five years at Clemson.

▪  Shawn Elliott: USC’s interim head coach interviewed with Ray Tanner on Wednesday.

▪  Dan Mullen: Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has been connected to multiple openings.

▪  Jeremy Pruitt: Georgia’s defensive coordinator might not be retained on new staff.

▪  Rich Rodriguez: Had three winning seasons at Arizona before 6-6, so far, this year.

▪  Charlie Strong: Former USC assistant likely to stay at Texas, but what happens if the Longhorns get manhandled Saturday against Baylor?