South Carolina football: Tracy Rocker reportedly going to Auburn

South Carolina football may lose a third coach to Auburn.

Last week, the South Carolina football team learned that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo would be leaving the Gamecocks’ staff to take the same role at SEC rival Auburn. The news broke just a day after his signing a contract extension to remain in Columbia.

Bobo took with him offensive line coach Will Friend, who’d been on the job just two weeks.

Now, it looks like a third assistant coach from the South Carolina coaching staff could be headed for The Plains.

Reports are beginning to surface that defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is planning to join the Auburn staff.


Rocker has only been with the Gamecocks for one season, after being brought on by former head coach Will Muschamp. Shane Beamer opted to retain the defensive line coach when assembling his new staff in Columbia, but there was always doubts of whether Rocker was dedicated to the Gamecocks or if he was openly looking for other opportunities.

Rocker was noted as having interest in a number of NFL jobs as early as last week.

There are also some rumors coming about that Rocker left the Carolina football facility without telling other members of the coaching staff, Beamer included.

With Rocker leaving the program, coach Shane Beamer has two openings on the staff, one at offensive line and the other at defensive line. Whoever the new coach is, they will have plenty of talent to work with, as the defensive front is South Carolina’s deepest and most athletic position group on the team.

Key contributors include former five-star recruits Jordan Burch and Zacch Pickens, leading sack getter JJ Enagbare, rising sophomores Tonka Hemingway and Alex Huntley, and upperclassmen Rick Sandidge, Jabari Ellis, and Devontae Davis.