Rich Rodriguez turns down offer to be South Carolina's coach

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. --Arizona's Rich Rodriguez has turned down an offer to becomeSouth Carolina's coach, a move confirmed by his current athleticdirector on Twitter.

Rodriguez met with South Carolina officials this past week to talk about becoming the replacement for Steve Spurrier. Rodriguez knows the state after serving asClemson'soffensive coordinator from 1999 to 2000, but turned down an offer to head back to South Carolina.

"Great news! @CoachRodAZ did not commit to the offer from S. Carolina. He's an Arizona Wildcat. #BearDown," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted.

Rodriguez is 32-17 in four seasons at Arizona. The Wildcats will play in a bowl for the fourth straight season under him after finishing 6-6.

A source told ESPN's Joe Schad that Will Muschamp is still in the mix for the Gamecoks' head-coaching job. South Carolina officials have already had preliminary conversations with Muschamp, who's in his first season asAuburn's defensive coordinator. Muschamp, 44, was Florida's head coach for four seasons from 2011 to 2014, compiling a 28-21 record before being fired at the end of the 2014 season.

South Floridacoach Willie Taggart interviewed Friday for South Carolina's opening. On Saturday, he received a five-year contract extension to remain coach of the Bulls.

A source told Schad last week that South Carolina officials also intend to speak with formerRutgersandTampa Bay Buccaneerscoach Greg Schiano. Schiano iscurrently an ESPN analyst.

Oklahomaoffensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is also on South Carolina's interview list. Gamecocks interim coach Shawn Elliott interviewed Wednesday.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.