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South Carolina parts ways with football coach Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp is out as the leader of the South Carolina football team after five years.
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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina has fired football coach Will Muschamp, the second time he's been let go from a Southeastern Conference program in midseason.   

The school said in a release Sunday that Muschamp has been “relieved” of his duties with the football program. Athletic director Ray Tanner said first-year offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, a former head coach at Colorado State, will take over as interim coach.   

The 49-year-old Muschamp had four years remaining on his contract. His buyout from the school is $13.2 million.   

The Gamecocks are 2-5 and lost their third straight game, 59-42, at Ole Miss on Saturday night. South Carolina's defense has given up 1,779 yards and 159 points in those three defeats.   

Tanner said he did a thorough assessment of the football program and decided it was time for a change.   

“I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward," Tanner said in a statement. "I believe our program will be well served by Coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock Football.”  

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South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp watches as a Vanderbilt punt bounces close to the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. South Carolina won 41-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

This is the second time Muschamp has been fired from an SEC head-coaching job. He was dismissed by Florida toward the end of the 2014 season and coached the final two games before stepping away. He spent the 2015 season at Auburn as the Tigers' defensive coordinator.

Liberty's Hugh Freeze and Louisiana's Billy Napier are expected to be two of the top targets to replace Muschamp.