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Georgia football moves Will Muschamp to an on-field role

 Chris Lee   in Football

Muschamp, South Carolina's former head coach, makes at least a temporary move to an on-field role at Georgia

Will Muschamp photo courtesy of the University of South Carolina. 

Georgia coach Kirby Smart announced that he's moving Will Muschamp into an unspecified on-field role, according to

Muschamp, who played at Georgia, was added to the UGA staff last February as a senior defensive analyst. The move to the field comes as special teams coordinator Scott Cochran has taken a leave of absence from the team for an undetermined period. 

"Coach Cochran is currently dealing with health issues and is taking time to prioritize his mental health and well-being," Smart said in a statement issued on Sunday. "We fully support him as he takes this time to focus on his well-being."

Muschamp was dismissed as South Carolina's head coach before the end of last season. He's amassed a 56-51 record across nine years as a head coach, all coming in the Southeastern Conference. 

This is Muschamp's fifth stop at a Southeastern Conference school. He's also been a graduate assistant at Auburn, a linebackers' coach at LSU. 

Muschamp also served as Texas's defensive coordinator from 2008-10, leveraging that into the head coaching position at Florida in 2011.