South Carolina's long coaching search is reportedly over. After Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Will Muschamp had an "agreement in principle" to become the new Gamecocks head coach, Josh Kendall of The State, Columbia's newspaper of record, reports that the deal is done:
The Gamecocks have reached an agreement with Auburn defensive coordinator and former Florida head coach Will Muschamp to become their 33rd head coach, a source told The State early Sunday morning. The hiring is not expected to be announced officially Sunday.
Muschamp served as Nick Saban's defensive coordinator at LSU 2001-04 and with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 before taking the same role at Auburn for 2006-07. He then served as DC and head coach in waiting at Texas for 2008-10, but Florida came and scooped him up to replace Urban Meyer before Mack Brown retired in Austin.
Muschamp's time at Florida was both a success and a failure. One of his biggest tasks was cleaning up the team's litany of off-field and legal problems from the Meyer era, and he did it and did it faster than anyone expected. He also never found continuity on his offensive staff nor enough playmakers on that side of the ball, and the shortcomings there were the primary reason why Florida fired him late in the 2014 season.
Muschamp went 28-21 overall and 17-15 in SEC play in four seasons in Gainesville. His best year was 2012, when his team went 11-2 with a Sugar Bowl appearance and a top ten poll finish. The defense in Columbia will need his expertise in a rebuild, but ominously, so will the offense. South Carolina never found a great quarterback this year, top rusher Brandon Wilds and second leading receiver TE Jerell Adams were seniors, and leading receiver Pharoh Cooper is leaving early for the NFL.