For now, at least, the South Carolina Gamecocks are staying out of the whirlwind coaching carousel that started spinning before the end of the regular season.
Kentucky, Auburn, Arkansas and now, finally, Tennessee all have new head coaches.
The Wildcats landed Mark Stoops, FSU’s (now former) defensive coordinator, Auburn took back Gus Malzahn from Arkansas State, Arkansas landed Bret Bielima from Wisconsin and Tennessee, after asking anyone who’d pick up the phone, finally got Butch Jones, who had reportedly accepted the same job at Colorado already, to be their coach.
Malzahn hasn’t wasted any time hiring his coordinators; Rhett Lashlee will be his offensive coordinator, while former South Carolina defensive guru Ellis Johnson will take over Auburn’s defense.
A current SC coach was also reportedly offered a job, but decided against taking it. Offensive line coach Shawn Elliot, at the very least, withdrew his name from consideration for Appalachian State’s head coaching job, after their longtime coach retired. Elliot was a former player and assistant coach at the school.
Also, Steve Spurrier won’t have to worry about leaving anytime soon; The school extended the Head Ball Coach’s contract for two more years. He’ll now be the coach at SC through at least 2017.
Other than that, it’s been pretty quiet in Gamecock Country as far as coaching goes.