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Muschamp talking to potential candidates to replace Hutzler

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Muschamp talking to potential candidates to replace Hutzler

Jan. 15, 2020, | GCF Staff Report

Yesterday South Carolina lost its second staff member to the offseason, Hutzler now is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach job at Texas. With the departure the Head man is already looking at potential candidates. Muschamp didn't specify which coaches he talked to for the open position but said Kyle Krantz, who coached South Carolina’s nickels and SAM linebackers this season, is a candidate to replace him.

Krantz was just moved back to his analyst role he held a few years ago to make room for new tight ends coach Joe Cox. Krantz has been at South Carolina since Muschamp took over and was with him at previous spots as well. Muschamp did say that there is no plan right now for when a hire will be made, saying the goal is to make the best hire possible to maximize the staff “whether that’s tomorrow or two weeks from now.”

There is a little sense of urgency to make a hire with the Gamecocks able to start recruiting again this Friday as the second signing period starts the first week in February. Coaches will have a limited time about three weeks to be on the road recruiting and hosting prospects in January before the February signing period. Muschamp and the staff will all be on the road Friday and come back into town to host unofficial visitors this weekend.

The Gamecocks have a few spots left in the class after signing 17 in the early period. Commitments Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch haven’t officially signed yet.

Muschamp said” We have a good plan in place as far as the guys we feel like we need to sign in February. I think we have a good plan in place. We’ll be back on the road Friday and we have a big weekend this weekend with some good players coming into town unofficially.” It’ll be important to get someone in the fold somewhat quickly to help with the recruiting side of things this month. Hutzler did a lot for the Gamecocks’ staff, coaching linebackers and special teams the last four seasons and whoever replaces him will likely have a lot of responsibility as well. “We’re going to make the best hire for the University of South Carolina. We appreciate Coleman and his contributions here."

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