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South Carolina expanding its coaching search?

Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez
Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina’s football coaching search is poised to include at least a few more candidates, according to FoxSports’ Bruce Feldman.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez will meet about the vacancy left by Steve Spurrier, Feldman reported Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats have been bowl-eligible all four years under Rodriguez, including a 10-4 season in 2014. He had three winning seasons at Arizona before going 6-6, so far, this year.

Rodriguez, 52, was the offensive coordinator at Clemson (1999-2000) before becoming the head coach at West Virginia (2001–07), Michigan (2008–10) and Arizona (2012-present).

According to Feldman, the Gamecocks would like to have a new coach by Sunday.

Feldman also says USC will interview Cal coach Sonny Dykes, as well as former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano. Dykes, who is 35-38 as a head coach, has been in contact with the Gamecocks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Former Florida head coach and current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will interview for the South Carolina by Friday. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley could also receive a formal interview, a source told The State.

USC interim head coach Shawn Elliott had an interview with athletics director Ray Tanner on Wednesday.

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