Steve Spurrier became the latest person to weigh in on South Carolina’s firing of Will Muschamp over the weekend.
The Gamecocks parted ways with the 49-year-old coach after the team got off to a 2-5 start in 2020. Over Muschamp’s five years in Columbia, South Carolina went 28-30.
Spurrier, who coached the Gamecocks from 2005 to 2015, shared his thoughts on the SEC firing today. Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke earlier on Monday about his feelings towards the coaching change in the conference.
According to Mike Gillespie of Columbia’s ABC affiliate, Spurrier made a different kind of statement about Muschamp’s departure from South Carolina.
“Well, he’s not going away empty-pocketed. He knows how to get big contracts, I’ll tell you that,” Spurrier said to Gillespie on a phone call on Monday.
Just got off the phone with the great Steve Spurrier. Asked him about Will Muschamp’s firing.
“Well, he’s not going away empty-pocketed. He knows how to get big contracts, I’ll tell you that.” @abc_columbia
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) November 16, 2020
Well, Spurrier certainly didn’t beat around the bush. To be frank, he’s actually spot on.
According to multiple sources, Muschamp’s buy-out price at South Carolina was $13.2 million with four years left on his deal. That means the 49-year-old will be leaving with plenty of money and will now be a big name on the coaching market.
But this weekend wasn’t the first time Muschamp got a big payday for being fired. After being let go with three years to go on his contract at Florida, the Gators paid him and his staff $8 million.
So Spurrier’s comments aren’t exactly unwarranted.
The pair of coaches have actually had remarkably similar careers, from a location standpoint Both spent time in Gainesville before making the move to South Carolina. Spurrier, now 75, most recently spent time with the Orlando Apollos of the AAF.
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