College Football News Roundup 11/16/2020
South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner announced on Sunday that the team was parting ways with head coach Will Muschamp.
South Carolina is just 2-5 so far this season, and the team suffered its third straight loss on Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will step in as interim head coach for the Gamecocks, but it is not likely that he will be considered as a permanent replacement. The Gamecocks have not struggled on the offensive side of the ball, but getting a better performance from the defense will be a huge key moving forward.
South Carolina suffered a 59-42 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, and the Gamecocks have now allowed 159 total points during this three-game skid. The Ole Miss Rebels racked up 704 yards of total offense in the victory, and it prompted Tanner to make the move to dismiss Muschamp.
Muschamp was in his fifth season at South Carolina, and his teams have posted a 28-30 record during that span. The school was hoping that the former Florida head coach would help lead the team to the top of the SEC.
Things got off to a strong start for Muschamp in South Carolina as he racked up 22 wins during his first three seasons at the helm. South Carolina finished just 4-8 a season ago, and the program has been heading in the wrong direction.
It is unclear how much Muschamp will make per his buyout agreement, but the number was expected to be around $15 million if he was fired at the end of the season. The school will now complete a nationwide search for its next head coach, but this process will likely not be completed until 2021.
Three coaches have already emerged as potential targets for the job in South Carolina, but it’s unclear what direction the school will go. Hugh Freeze of Liberty, Billy Napier of Louisiana, and Jamey Chadwell of Coastal Carolina are the early front-runners to land the Gamecocks’ coaching job.
Muschamp was also fired from the University of Florida at the end of the 2014 season. It appears the football season is going to have many highlights this year!
Utah State Dismisses Shelley
Utah State has dismissed quarterback Jason Shelley from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Interim head coach Frank Maile made the announcement over the weekend, continuing a long and difficult year for the Aggies football program.
Shelley joined the Utah State program after transferring from Utah and started the first four games of the season for the Aggies. He completed just 51 of his 99 passes for four touchdowns this season.
At Utah, Shelley appeared in 17 games in two years with that program, starting in 10 games. Maile would not go into more detail as to why Shelley was dismissed, and it’s not likely that the information will ever be announced.
Maile took over the Utah State program on Nov. 7 when the school dismissed head coach Gary Andersen after an 0-3 start. Utah State has now lost all four games this season by an average of more than 26 points per game.
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