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South Carolina football makes change at offensive coordinator

South Carolina football makes change at offensive coordinator

December 06, 2017

Will Muschamp and the South Carolina football team will undergo a change at offensive coordinator.

Kurt Roper has been relieved of his duties as the play-caller, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. For the Outback Bowl, Bryan McClendon, who served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the last two seasons, will call the Gamecocks offensive plays against Michigan.

“After much deliberation, I have decided to go in a different direction with the offensive coordinator position on our football team,” Muschamp said in a release. “We appreciate Kurt’s contributions to our program and to the university and wish him all the best.”

Muschamp won’t name a permanent replacement for Roper until after the bowl game on Jan. 1.

On Tuesday night, Dan Wolken confirmed initial reports by TheBigSpur, which first-reported the would-be change.

Roper was also linked among the candidates for the vacancy at Rice, which was filled by Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren on Tuesday.

Muschamp said “sure” on Monday night, when asked if he expected Roper to still be on staff for the Outback Bowl.

McClendon, a longtime assistant at Georgia, played wide receiver for the Bulldogs, before his a playing career in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. His coaching resume in Athens included stints at running back and wide receiver. He also served as recruiting coordinator.

Following Mark Richt’s departure from Georgia, McClendon served as interim head coach in the TaxSlayer Bowl. He turns 34 on Dec. 28.

On Tuesday night, McClendon and Muschamp visited 4-star quarterback commitment Dakereon Joyner. Roper saw Joyner last week for an in-home visit.