According to sources, USC coach Steve Spurrier reached out to Will Muschamp twice Tuesday to discuss the possibility of joining the Gamecocks staff. The fact that Spurrier is interested in Muschamp isn’t exactly breaking news, nor is the fact that Texas A&M and Auburn are also both going after the former Florida coach. But other schools could come into the picture, too.
According to sources, Muschamp is waiting to see how the coaching carousel plays out before making a decision. One source said that Alabama could potentially come into play for Muschamp. How? If Jim McElwain takes the Florida job he could try to lure Kirby Smart away from the Tide. If that happens, Nick Saban would have Muschamp at the top of his list. There are a lot of what-ifs in that scenario, but regardless, Muschamp doesn’t want to commit to anything too soon. “I think Muschamp is going to wait. I think things will be held up until he decides,” a source said.
The same source told us that while Texas A&M and Auburn are involved and have money to spend, both schools have a strike against them because of their fast paced offenses. “He’s hesitant about offensive philosophies.”
Steve Spurrier doesn’t have a vacancy on his staff, but he left the door open to “add someone down the road.”
As for former USC defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who was fired by Auburn this week; a source told us that he’s had some “back channel” contact from USC, but the thought there is that Muschamp is the Gamecocks top target right now.
Last, but not least, is Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. A source told us that Texas A&M could make a play for the Tigers defensive guru if they miss out on the Muschamp sweepstakes. The source said Venables also could get involved with the head coaching vacancy at Tulsa. “I know he would like the Tusla job,” the source said.