FEBRUARY UPDATE >> Kirby Smart has announced the addition of Muschamp as an analyst now.
UPDATE >> Kirby Smart tells the AJC that Muschamp has only been “visiting” at UGA.
Update: Kirby Smart says former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp only 'visiting' Georgia. https://t.co/zdueLeqRGz
— Chip Towers AJC (@ctowersajc) January 20, 2021
A report from the AJC earlier today shared that Will Muschamp had joined Kirby Smart’s staff at Georgia and had already been in the facility working.
The assumption that Muschamp had joined Kirby’s staff was quickly disputed by 247, as Rusty Mansell shares that “Georgia has not hired Will Muschamp in any capacity in Athens. Could he join this staff at some point for the 2021 season? Possibly, but would no expect anything official until other options are explored.
FootballScoop has reached out to a few folks with direct knowledge for some clarity on the issue.
We previously shared that there was a great chance that Will would wind up at Georgia in an analyst-type role, and AJC shares today that Muschamp has been in the Bulldogs facility throughout this week and appears to be working on Kirby Smart’s staff.
Will and Kirby’s relationship stretches back a long way, to the days when Will Muschamp was a senior defensive back at Georgia and Kirby Smart was signing his letter of intent to become a member of the Bulldogs secondary. The two later worked together early in each of their coaching careers at Valdosta State where Will was the defensive coordinator and Kirby helped coach the defensive backs, and then reunited again briefly at LSU and with Nick Saban’s Dolphins staff as well.
Muschamp’s son, Jackson, chose to walk on at Georgia as a quarterback instead of South Carolina last year so this would be an opportunity for Muschamp.
With all of that in mind, it is completely reasonable to think that Muschamp joins the staff in some capacity in the near future, so it is relevant to look at the current defensive staff makeup. Georgia is currently looking for a defensive backs coach after the departure of Charlton Warren to Indiana to become their new defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann has been drawing interest for other jobs while defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has turned down interest in the defensive coordinator job at Texas under Steve Sarkisian.
Remember, Muschamp is still owed about $15 million from South Carolina after being dismissed with three games left in the season, and his deal did not include a “duty to mitigate” with future employment, which would allow him the flexibility to serve in an analyst type role at Georgia, as we’ve previously noted.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
.@Dawgs247 #UGA writer @Rowe247 has confirmed that Georgia has not hired Will Muschamp in any capacity in Athens. Could he join this staff at some point for the 2021 season? Possibly, but would not expect anything official until other options are explored. pic.twitter.com/1BPg29krZl
— Rusty Mansell (@Mansell247) January 20, 2021
Wednesday afternoon update> The University of Georgia released a statement this afternoon stating Will Muschamp has not been hired at this time.