You know the cliché about being stuck between a rock and a hard place? Welcome to Will Muschamp’s world. ($$)
… The man whose opinion on that subject matters most, athletics director Ray Tanner, is a fan of Muschamp’s — a big fan.
“I think he’s outstanding. I think he’s done a great job here,” Tanner told The Athletic earlier this month. “I’ve been very impressed with the way he manages his program, his staff, his student-athletes, the fan base, our donors. He’s a tireless worker. He’s genuine and sincere, and he is a tremendous communicator.”
He’s also 0-6 against Clemson and Georgia.
Muschamp inherited a program that was 3-9 in 2015 and needed a top-to-bottom overhaul. He has overseen significant infrastructure improvements and modernization efforts while posting a 22-17 record. Considered in a vacuum, he has done an excellent job, but Muschamp doesn’t live in a vacuum. He lives, literally and figuratively, between the Tigers and Bulldogs, his program’s two most-hated rivals. They are among the best programs in the nation, and they have beaten him by an average score of 40-16 in the last three years.
I’ve said it before. The ‘Cocks have a decent team this year, but if turnover margin doesn’t swing their way, 2019 is shaping up to be one brutal season in Columbia.