Will Muschamp shows it can be great … to be … an ex-Florida Gator – Tampabay.com
TAMPA — Will Muschamp, on the rebound, is in his second season as coach at South Carolina. He isn’t the biggest name in coaching in his state. That’s Dabo Swinney at defending national champion Clemson. Muschamp wasn’t even the biggest coaching name at Thursday’s Outback Bowl news conference, following Jim Harbaugh, though Muschamp’s 8-4 record this season is identical to Harbaugh’s at Michigan.
Muschamp wasn’t a name when he replaced Urban Meyer at Florida, and he wasn’t a name after Coach Boom went bust and was replaced by Jim McElwain, who had all the answers.
So, what’s the word, Will?
“I’m really happy,” Muschamp said.
There is life after Florida football.
“There aren’t many days I get out of bed and I’m not excited to work, whether I was at the University of Florida or I’m at the University of South Carolina, the University of Texas, LSU, Auburn, Miami Dolphins,” Muschamp said. “Not many days when you get paid very well and love what you do. That’s where I’m at.”
Muschamp, still just 46 (he was 39 when he took over at Florida), is living proof that there is a world beyond the Nation. He spent four years in Gainesville before it went kaboom, but Muschamp got his bearings back, with the help of his wife, Carol.
“I was home for about 48 hours and my wife looked at me and said, ‘When are you going back to work?’?” Muschamp said. “It was the first time in my life in December when I either wasn’t getting ready for a title game or recruiting. She got sick and tired of me.”
Muschamp went to work as Gus Malzahn’s defensive coordinator at Auburn. Then he received a phone call from South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. Boom was back