Originally created 12/16/03

South Carolina's Williams headed to Arizona



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has reportedly lost another assistant with receivers coach Charlie Williams leaving for Arizona and its new coach Mike Stoops.

South Carolina athletic spokesman Kerry Tharp said he had no information about Williams leaving, which The (Columbia) State reported Monday.

However, speaking on a WCOS-AM morning sports show, South Carolina offensive coordinator Skip Holtz said he was surprised by Williams' departure. It means the Gamecocks will have their fourth receivers coach in as many years. Todd Fitch coached the position in 2001 during the Gamecocks second Outback Bowl-winning season. Joker Phillips coached receivers in 2002, but left for Kentucky, where he's also recruiting coordinator. Williams joined South Carolina in January.

"You'd like to have some stability at the position," the younger Holtz, Lou's son, said.

All Williams would tell The State was he had an "opportunity to visit with Arizona in terms of a job that they have open."

Fitch was moved to quarterbacks coach and then among four assistants let go last month.

The other assistants who won't return are defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and secondary coach John Gutekunst.

On Saturday, the Gamecocks hired Ron Cooper to coach defensive backs. Cooper, the ex-Mississippi State defensive coordinator, coached with Lou Holtz's Notre Dame teams in 1991 and 1992.

Skip Holtz said Williams, a California native, would be closer to home with the cross-country move.

Holtz was on his way to Shrine Bowl practices for recruiting purposes, he said during the radio interview. He added it may not be until after New Year's Day that his father picks a defensive coordinator.

"But I say that and he may name one tomorrow," Skip Holtz joked.