Spurrier gets rid of safeties coach

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has fired the Gamecocks safeties coach.


Spurrier said in a statement Friday that he told Jeep Hunter he would not be retained because the thought the team needed a more experienced coach for its defensive backs.

Hunter just finished his third season with South Carolina, but his first on the defensive side of the ball.

Spurrier hired Hunter in 2009 to coach tight ends.

The Gamecocks now have lost four assistants from last year’s team that set a school record with 11 wins. Assistant coach in charge of defense Ellis Johnson left to become head coach at Southern Mississippi, running backs and tight ends coach Jay Graham left for Tennessee and special teams coordinator John Butler is heading to Penn State.


TENNESSEE: Charlie Coiner, a veteran college and NFL coach, has been named special teams and tight ends coach.

He most recently was a defensive and special teams assistant at North Carolina in 2010. Before that he spent nine seasons with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills.

Coiner began his coaching career at Appalachian State in 1983. He’s also coached at Minnesota, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Texas Southern, Louisville, Chattanooga and Louisiana State University.


PITTSBURGH: Coach Paul Chryst has hired longtime NFL wide receiver Bobby Engram as the Panthers new wide receivers coach.

Engram spent last season as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers. He finished with 650 receptions for 7,751 yards and 35 touchdowns while playing for the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.


INSIGHT BOWL: The bowl is losing its title sponsor and game organizers are seeking a replacement for this year’s game.