Will Muschamp makes first public remarks since being fired as South Carolina’s coach

Former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, in his first public comments since being fired by USC in November 2020, said he believes he has "the best job in America" ​​with the Georgia soccer team.
"I really appreciate the opportunity coach (Kirby) Smart has given me to return to my alma mater and live in Athens," Muschamp said Tuesday during the 2022 preseason camp in Georgia. "Of course it was a great experience."
Muschamp, who was not directly asked Tuesday about his tenure at South Carolina, joined the Georgia staff in January 2021. He is entering his second season on the staff of reigning national champions Georgia and his first as co-defensive coordinator alongside Glenn Schumann.
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The Bulldogs initially hired Muschamp as senior defensive analyst in January 2021, two months after he was fired from South Carolina for seven games in his fifth season. He was released on November 15, 2020 after the Gamecocks gave up 159 points in back-to-back losses to LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Muschamp has never made any public statements or declarations after his release from USC. He still owns a multi-million dollar home on Lake Murray that he bought in 2016.
At Georgia, Muschamp took on an assistant role on the field early in the Bulldogs' 2021 national title run and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in December after former UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning accepted the job as Oregon head coach.
According to a February report in the Athens Banner-Herald, Muschamp will make $800,000 annually in his role as co-defensive coordinator. Schumann will also earn $800,000.
“Again, what is your role in the organization? Do the best you can in the role you have, and if you don't like it, go elsewhere," Muschamp said, citing his longstanding coaching philosophy. "It's easy. i love my role I said to my wife the other day: I think I have the best job in America.”
He added of his partnership with Schumann: "We have a great working relationship. I think Glenn's promotion is well deserved. He is an excellent football coach.”
Muschamp, 51, was 28-30 and 17-22 in the SEC in nearly five seasons in South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks to three straight bowl games to begin his tenure, as well as a 9-4 record and a win at the Outback Bowl in 2018, but finished his stint at Columbia 6-18.
South Carolina paid Muschamp a lump sum of $12.9 million at the end of 2020, according to settlement documents obtained by The State in January 2021. Before the settlement, South Carolina owed Muschamp $15.3 million spread over 2024.
Shane Beamer, Muschamp's replacement, led the Gamecocks to a 7-6 record and Duke's Mayo Bowl win over UNC in his debut season in 2021, making a national splash for 2022.
Prior to his stints in Georgia and South Carolina, Muschamp was Florida's head coach for four years, going 28-21 from 2011 to 2014 and also worked as a defensive coordinator at LSU, Auburn and Texas.
Muschamp, a 1994 Georgia graduate, had 156 tackles and three interceptions as a four-year safety for the Bulldogs. As a senior he was team captain and starter.
"To be at the University of Georgia and to see our future as we continue to evolve and move forward is something I'm really looking forward to," said Muschamp.
Will Muschamp
American football player, coach

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