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If you're a head coach in college football, you're a member of a special fraternity. These head coaches usually stick together and defend each other, particurlarly if they think you are right for a job.
When word broke that Will Muschamp was getting a second chance to be a head coach, there was reaction from several of his former mentors and colleagues. Muschamp was named the 34th head coach of South Carolina on Monday, Dec. 7. Muschamp was previously the head coach at Florida from 2011-14 and spent last year as the defensive coordinator at Auburn under coach Gus Malzahn.
"I really appreciate Coach Muschamp's hard work and dedication for our program at Auburn this past year and wish him nothing but the best with his new job," Malzahn said in a statement. "I will begin a search immediately for our next defensive coordinator."
One of the coaches that Muschamp will soon be going up against every year also had nothing but good things to say about the new Gamecock coach.
"Obviously things didn't go the way he wanted them to at Florida, and a lot of different reasons for that, but he's a guy that I know is going to be thankful to have another opportunity," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said during a press conference. "And I guarantee you that he'll do a great job for South Carolina."
Swinney has a long history with Muschamp, having coached at Alabama from 1993-2000 while Muschamp was at Auburn in 1995 and 1996.
"I think Will is a great coach," Swinney said. "I've known Will for a long time, going back to when he was a GA at Auburn and I was coaching at Alabama. I think he'll do an excellent job. I think he'll put a great staff together and I think that's a great hire for South Carolina."
Prior to taking over the reins at Florida, Muschamp was the defensive coordinator at Texas. While with the Longhorns, he was also tabbed as the head-coach-in-waiting under longtime coach Mack Brown. While he ultimately left for Florida before Brown retired, the Hall of Fame coach thought South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner made a great hire.
"A tremendous football coach," Brown told Charleston's The Post and Courier. "He's got a great spirit for football, he's such a competitor. Other than his family, it's his life. And I think he's really, really learned from his experience at Florida. Florida's obviously got very good players. They won the SEC's) Eastern Division and those were the guys he left. He had some trouble with a couple of quarterbacks that transferred and it didn't work for him offensively. I think what he would have learned is he'll have a better thought on his offensive philosophy because that happens better the second time as a head coach. He's got everything else, he's just got to make the offense work and I think he'll do that. I think he's a very good choice for South Carolina."
**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Allen Sharpe**