The college football coaching carousel goes round and round.
South Carolina fired Will Muschamp on Sunday, marking the second time he has been let go
from an SEC school in the middle of the season. Muschamp had four years remaining on his
contract and is owed a $13.2 million buyout.
“I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the
best moving forward,” athletic director Ray Tanner said. “I believe our program will be well
served by Coach (Mike) Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for
Bobo is the former head coach at Colorado State. He will lead South Carolina on Saturday when
it hosts Missouri as a 6.5-point underdog.
Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has released odds for the Gamecocks’ next head coach. Billy
Napier opened as the +300 ‘chalk’ and has remained at that price thus far. Napier is currently the
coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.
“You guys have been around me for a couple years now; you know I’m not gonna comment on
those things,” Napier told KPEL 1420 AM’s Scott Prathe. “…For us to be where we’re at and
have success and be in those conversations, I think, if anything, it’s humbling. That’s what I
think about it.”
Another name that has been circulating in the college football world is Hugh Freeze. BetOnline
has likely taken some action on the former Ole Miss and current Liberty head man, as he has
moved from +400 to +350 to be South Carolina’s coach. Freeze would probably be the best
coach the Gamecocks could hire right now.
Meanwhile, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh could be looking for a new job next season. The
Wolverines are coming off a blowout loss to Wisconsin and the end seems to be near for their
BetOnline has listed Harbaugh as a +160 ‘chalk’ to not be coaching next season and has priced
him at +175 to be back at Michigan. If he does end up parting ways with the Wolverines, he is
+175 to be coaching a different college team and is +225 to be coaching in the NFL.
Urban Meyer was thought to be a candidate for several jobs in the last few years, but he has
remained as an analyst for Fox Sports instead. There has been some recent speculation about
Meyer being in the mix at Texas, as Tom Herman’s job stability seems to be shaky.
BetOnline is not buying the rumors, listing Meyer at +300 to return to college coaching next