Ex-Southern Miss assistant Grady Brown joins South Carolina as defensive backs and special teams coach

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Former Southern Mississippi assistant Grady Brown has been hired by South Carolina to coach defensive backs and help with special teams.


Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier announced the hiring Friday. Brown fills out a staff that had plenty of off-season turnover as the team won 11 games for the first time in South Carolina history.

FLORIDA STATE: One of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks is bound for the Seminoles.

Jameis Winston, of Hueytown, Ala., signed to play for the Seminoles on Friday.

 ESPN and Rivals.com both rate Winston as the nation’s top quarterback and among the 15 best overall prospects.

OHIO STATE: Coach Urban Meyer faced off with at least a couple of Big Ten coaches who have called into question his poaching of recruits who had already committed to other programs.

Meyer’s first recruiting class on Wednesday included eight players who initially had said they were attending another school.

“We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen this week,” Meyer said in a statement Friday. “It should be noted that my coaching staff is in full compliance with our recruiting efforts, and no one on this staff did anything illegal or unethical.”

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was upset over losing out on offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who had said he was coming to Wisconsin, but then ended up signing with the Buckeyes.

“There’s a few things that happened early on I made people be aware of that I didn’t want to see in this league that I had seen take place at other leagues,” Bielema said Wednesday. “Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices that are illegal. I was very up front and was very poignant to the fact. I actually reached out to coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him and the situation got rectified.”

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