From Wire Reports
COLUMBIA — South Carolina has fired the assistant coach who called its offensive plays.
Coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Wednesday he decided after much deliberation to dismiss co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and go a different direction.
The Gamecocks other co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, will call plays at the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Michigan. Muschamp says he will decide how to replace Roper permanently after that.
South Carolina was last in the Southeastern Conference with 347 yards of total offense a game in Muschamp and Roper’s first season in 2016.
They improved to 12th this season even though they gained seven fewer yards a game.
Roper and Muschamp worked together in 2014 at Florida and were fired before that season ended.
Filling Roper’s position will take some money.
USA Today released its annual database of assistant coach salaries for 2017. Roper and Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson were both in the top 40. Robinson’s $750,000 was tied for 36th nationally, while Roper’s $700,000 was tied for 39th (they were 18th and 19th in the SEC).
The Gamecocks could be an attractive job for an offensive coordinator.
Two names that could appear on Muschamp’s radar have SEC ties – LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, although at $1.5 million per year and Canada wanting to be a head coach, it’s probably not as likely; and Rhett Lashlee, the offensive coordinator at Connecticut who Muschamp worked with at Auburn.