In the 16 or so years since Will Muschamp first ran into Nick Saban in Atlanta….which if we remember right was around 2000 at a high school football game or camp at the Georgia Dome….Muschamp has made quite a few stops including at LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn, Texas, the Florida head coaching job, and now the South Carolina head coaching job, and as they say in the South it’s now….
Fish or Cut Bait Time for Will Muschamp
….because if Will Muschamp doesn’t get it done at South Carolina NOW his head coaching career will be over before he hits the age of 50!
What exactly does….
“Get It Done”
….mean in the context of being successful at South Carolina which in recent years has seen some success under Steve Spurrier…who by the way turns 71 years old today on April 20…so Happy Birthday to the Head Ball Coach who is now 71 years young!
In our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat if we were hired as the athletic director at South Carolina today we would call Will Muschamp into our office and outline how we would define his time at USC as a “success” or not in the following way:
Running a clean program that did not break ANY NCAA rules
Graduating most if not all of the South Carolina football players
A .500 or plus record and bowl game trip EVERY YEAR
A Top 3 finish in the SEC East EVERY YEAR
Win the SEC East ONCE every THREE YEARS
Win the SEC Conference Championship ONCE every SEVEN YEARS
Can Will Muschamp meet the expectations as described above that Coaches Hot Seat as the AD at South Carolina has set for him going forward?
Well….let’s see how Steve Spurrier would have done against the above expectations…who in our opinion is one of the Top 5 All-Time Head Coaches in SEC Football history:
YES = Running a clean program that did not break ANY NCAA rules
YES = Graduating most if not all of the South Carolina football players
9 out of 11 years so NO = A .500 or plus record and bowl game trip EVERY YEAR
6 out of 11 years so NO = A Top 3 finish in the SEC East EVERY YEAR
1 out of 11 years so NO = Win the SEC East ONCE every THREE YEARS
0 out of 11 years so NO = Win the SEC Conference Championship ONCE every SEVEN YEARS
So let’s see here…Steve Spurrier…a Top 5 All-Time Head Coach in SEC History did not meet our expectations for South Carolina football and Will Muschamp who is sitting on a head coaching record in four years at Florida of…
Overall: 28 – 21
SEC: 17 – 15
….will meet our expectations in Columbia?
Not Very Damn Likely!
Before we get to what Will Muschamp faces in the 2016 football season at South Carolina, let us first say that Muschamp does have one very Damn good thing going for him and that is…
South Carolina is in the SEC Eastern Division
….which is a division where even a slightly-elevated performance on a consistent basis above the norm by Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, or South Carolina who can all get plenty of talent on campus to win lots of football games can lead to an extended run that would lead to many appearances in the SEC Championship Game as the SEC Eastern Division Champ and as Carl Spackler….Bill Murray….said in Caddyshack…..Will Muschamp has….
“That going for him…which is nice!”
Will Muschamp, South Carolina
1 st season at South Carolina
Overall Head Coaching Record (Florida): 28 – 21
SEC (Florida): 17 – 15
The First and Primary Question for Will Muschamp as of today is: How many games does Will Muschamp need to win at South Carolina in 2016 to get his ass off the Hot Seat and to build some momentum for the future in Columbia?
Let’s go to South Carolina’s 2016 schedule to answer that question:
At Mississippi State
OK….Bozo the Clown or ANY Damn Clown you can think of could win…
2 Football Games
….coaching South Carolina in 2016 BUT as we look at the rest of the Gamecocks schedule this coming season we are beginning to think that…
Will Muschamp will be Very Damn Lucky to coach South Carolina to 6+ wins in 2016!
With that in mind IF Will Muschamp can get SIX wins in 2016 and get the Gamecocks to a bowl game we would call that a significant achievement which would get Muschamp off the Hot Seat heading into the 2017 football season BUT if we had to guess right now how many games the Gamecocks will win in the upcoming season we would guess…
Memo to Will Muschamp and South Carolina AD Ray Tanner: If South Carolina only wins FOUR football games in 2016 BOTH of your asses will be roasting come December which we guess would lead to…
Ray Tanner being forced to resign as the AD at South Carolina before Christmas
Will Muschamp entering the 2017 college football season on one of the Hottest Seats in the American Republic!
With all of the above being said we can only wish….
Good Luck to Coach Boom and South Carolina in 2016
….and remind Will Muschamp and everyone else of the wise words of the Late Great Lewis Grizzard:
“Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”