South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner and University President Bob Caslen pledged their support for Will Muschamp Friday and said Muschamp will remain the team’s head coach.
"Today, I want to make it clear that Will Muschamp is our football coach and will be our coach going forward,” Tanner said in a statement released by the university. “President Caslen and I are fully supportive of his leadership and his development of student-athletes on and off the field.
“Coach Muschamp and our staff are dedicated to the success of Gamecock football. They have built a program where our team plays for each other and for our University, and they deserve our support. While we wish the outcome of some of our games would have been different, we are excited about the future of our program."
The Gamecocks are 4-6 (3-4 in the SEC) going into Saturday’s game at Texas A&M. The Gamecocks, which host rival Clemson on Nov. 30, must win their final two games to become bowl eligible. They have lost three of their past four games since upsetting No. 3 Georgia on Oct. 12, including a 20-15 loss at home to Appalachian State last week.
Muschamp said after the game that Tanner and the university administration had been supportive despite the disappointing season. Muschamp entered the season with a 22-17 record and won more games in his first three seasons than any head coach in South Carolina, leading the Gamecocks to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.
Muschamp understands the frustration of fans, however.
“Well, this is a results business, it's about winning games at the end of the day and we haven't won enough games. So that's the bottom line,” he said Tuesday. “As far as the main progress that needs to be made is winning football games. We haven't made that progress. I think over a three-year period of time, this staff's won more games than any staff has in school history. So we actually have done a couple good things around here and we've had a very inconsistent year and I'll continue to evaluate that and we'll see what decisions we need to make moving forward.”
Muschamp said he has no current plans to make changes to the coaching staff and will evaluate his staff after the season. His message to fans, he said, is that the program will turn things around.
“There's some things that we need to address as we move forward and continue to support these players, continue to support what they do,” he said. “We've got another home game and we need to get two wins and go to a bowl game. So, we've had some success here before that some other people haven't. We look forward to a long tenure here at South Carolina.”