Will Muschamp and Ray Tanner hope to celebrate more victories in the future (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

There will be no change in the head football coaching position at USC for 2020. That’s the statement released Wednesday afternoon by USC president Robert Caslen. After a flurry of interviews with newspapers around the state which led to questions about Muschamp’s status, Caslen took the step Wednesday to squash all of that talk, and to apologize for his confusing statements first to the Greenville News and then the Florence Morning News.

Here’s the statement released by USC’s president’s office Wednesday:

“Earlier this week, I had a lengthy conversation with reporters and editors from the Florence Morning News about our university and the importance of keeping it affordable and accessible to the people of South Carolina. In the course of that interview, I was asked several questions about the football program, including one about Coach Muschamp that I misinterpreted. I misspoke and the mistake was mine, and I apologize for any confusion my comments have created with Gamecock fans or our program. Our Athletic Director and I support Will Muschamp, and we look forward to him being our coach next year and for seasons to come.”

Muschamp is suffering thru his worst season at USC. The Gamecocks are 4-7 and will not go to a bowl game this season. They have their final game at home a week from Saturday against Clemson and figure to be around a 25 point underdog to the Tigers who have won the last five meetings. Muschamp has a 26-24 mark at USC and is 54-45 in his career.

Muschamp has a huge buyout at USC and would be owed over 22 million dollars if fired without cause prior to December 30th. The buyout would drop to 18.5 million dollars if fired the next day.

 

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