“This is part of a surprising trend in recent days.”

I do not think surprising means what he thinks it means.

South Carolina owed Muschamp $15 million after firing him last month, when his record after four-plus years was 28-30. In September, athletic director Ray Tanner reported the Gamecocks were facing a $58 million revenue shortfall. His department has taken pay cuts, furloughs and other measures to reduce expenses. In June, university president Bob Caslen also issued a dire message to faculty and staff.

“The budget outlook before us is more serious than any the university has faced since the Great Recession, and the loss of revenue next fiscal year could surpass the recession in terms of a single year impact,” Caslen said. “It will require a new level of creativity and shared sacrifice from our entire campus community.”

South Carolina didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ray Tanner is the poster boy for business as usual.

Unless it’s Auburn, that is.


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14 responses to ““This is part of a surprising trend in recent days.”

  1. Ran A

    These guys and UT love to spend money… Always touting their facilities, always underachieving. Muschamp actually had some pretty good young talent on this team. Will be interesting to see how much of that talent jumps to the portal, making the last year a complete fail for USCjr.

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    • Greg

      Lost count on the coaches and AD’s at UT since Fulmer coached there. I know they were in the red in the early 2000’s….wouldn’t surprise me if they will be again after this year. Which is why I think Pruitt will be back…they probably don’t have much of choice, given what is out there.

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  2. godawgs1701

    And for that huge front-end investment to get rid of their coaching staff, they get … Shane Beamer. A man who has never coordinated an offense or defense and who has gotten a ton of mileage out of his father’s name. Now, will he work out as a head coach? Possibly! But I sincerely see no reason that he’s a safer bet than another year of allowing Will Muschamp to lead the program, especially when that proposition is millions of dollars less expensive.

    Auburn, meanwhile, appears to be on the precipice of doing something even more ridiculously stupid, dumping the only coach who has been able to defeat Saban multiple times without the use of an escort service (that we know of!) in favor of possibly just promoting the defensive coordinator? Surely Freeze or Cristobal are on the way to the Plains, because if they’re sinking all that money into a buyout just to promote the DC… my goodness.

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    • Russ

      Crazy times indeed. Nothing against Beamer, but I surely don’t get why the hurry to fire Boom just so they could hire Beamer.

      And I can’t believe Auburn would just promote Steele. Both these guy may work out, but I have to think the odds are against it.


    • Some of the Auburn stories (Steele has been pushing for a coup for years, boosters buying out Gus and backing him) are glorious even if not true, because it’s apparently bad enough they believe they could be true.

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  3. TN Dawg

    The writer probably has a lack of understanding of the economics of college football.

    If there is booster desire to fire a coach, the boosters will produce enough cash to do so and fund the next coach.

    At the same time, it is entirely possible that day to day operations that are funded through ticket sales, game day revenue and television money might indeed be suffering a shortfall that requires austerity measures.

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  4. Anon

    Muschamp new gig…. community coach/ defensive analyst for Lovett. And Lovett needs a QB and Will just happens to have one of those too. Book it


  5. Bump in the road or de-escalation of the arms race and deflation in coaching pay? Only Jimmy Sexton knows. I wish that guy would open an investment fund so the rest of us can cash in on his deals.

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  6. armydawg

    This is how Reagan won the cold war. Force your enemy into spending themselves into bankrupcy and then pick up the pieces.


  7. South Carolina’s recruiting class was LAST in the SEC. 20 something places behind even Vandy. I think the bad is just getting started for that program and university.


  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    Wouldn’t you think one or two leading South Carolina alums who own banks would be happy to put together a loan syndicate to bail out Ole Alma Mater? How many buildings on the campus would have to be mortgaged to secure $58 million? What’s the debt service?
    I have this mental picture of Ray Tanner on South Assembly Street with tin cup in hand, crying “Alms For The Poor”.

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  9. 69Dawg

    I don’t think the SEC has bankrupted SC I think Clemson has. You have to be dumb as a wall to think Beamer is going to out coach and out recruit Dabo the Great. This is another 3-5 year of wandering in the wilderness for SC, I love it. Auburn going from an offensive guy to a DC is going to be interesting especially if Kirby can keep GA closed to them. Auburn has always recruited well in West GA and Atlanta.

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  10. bigjohnson1992

    I remember thinking late spring, early summer when all these ‘budget shortfalls’ hit. Whole collegiate sports teams, male and female , eliminated. Staff cuts, other fiscal measures taken. And then these buyouts and other large budget hog items don’t get shaved at all? Banks, large corps do it all the time. Trimming fat always happens in a crisis and it can’t truly be questioned. The kids deserve better.