Originally created 11/25/03

Holtz, South Carolina dismisses assistants

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has gotten rid of three football assistants and reassigned a fourth after this past week's blowout loss to Clemson, according to broadcast reports.

Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz has let go of defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch, WIS-TV and WLTX-TV reported Monday night. All had been with Holtz since he arrived prior to the 1999 season.

A fourth assistant, defensive backs coach John Gutekunst, has been reassigned, the reports said.

Athletic spokesman Kerry Tharp said there was no official confirmation of the changes.

Athletic director Mike McGee did not wish to comment on the reports.

Holtz said Sunday changes on the staff were likely following a 5-7 season where the Gamecocks went from the top 25 to the giving up more points than ever before to the Tigers in the 63-17 drubbing at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

"I'm sure there will be coaching changes after a year like this," Holtz said.

Cosh was elevated to defensive coordinator after Charlie Strong, who held the job from 1999-2002, left for a similar position with Florida.

Messages left for Cosh at his office and home were not immediately returned. Cosh's office answering machine said he was out trying to teach the Gamecocks "how to make a tackle." South Carolina's defense was among the nation's best in the first half of the season. However, they surrendered more than 460 yards and nearly 36 points a game the final six games as the Gamecocks stumbled to a 1-5 finish.

Gutekunst took over as Minnesota's head coach in 1986 after serving on Holtz's Golden Gophers staff the previous two years.

DeGuglielmo and Fitch both followed Holtz's son Skip, then Connecticut's head coach, to the Gamecocks. Fitch was the younger Holtz's offensive coordinator with the Huskies.

The other assistants are Skip Holtz, defensive tackle coach Paul Lounsberry, running backs coach Dave Roberts, defensive ends coach Jappy Oliver and wide receiver coach Charlie Williams.

Roberts has been with Lou Holtz all five seasons. Lounsberry joined South Carolina in 2000. Oliver and Williams are in their first year with the Gamecocks.


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