South Carolina hires Deke Adams
Steve Spurrier has hired North Carolina assistant Deke Adams as defensive line coach. Adams replaces Brad Lawing, who less than 48 hours ago became defensive line coach at Florida.
Details of his South Carolina contract are not yet known, but he was scheduled to make $315,000 at North Carolina in 2013. Adams made $300,000 in total compensation in 2012.
Adams came to North Carolina in 2012 with head coach Larry Fedora. Before that, he spent three years under at Southern Miss, where he also played (1991-94).
Adams began his coaching career in 1997 when he accepted a position at Jacksonville State. He coached at Pearl River Community College (1998-2002), Ouachita Baptist (2002-05), North Carolina A&T (2006-07), and Louisiana-Monroe (2008).
Syracuse announces new staff members
New Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer introduced several members of his new staff at a press conference Monday.
Incoming offensive coordinator George McDonald and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough met with members of the the media. Shafer also officially announced the hiring of DeAndre Smith, who, as we reported in last Thursday’s Daily Scoop, left New Mexico to become running backs coach. Also introduced were new quarterbacks coach Tim Lester and linebackers coach Clark Lea.
Both of ‘Cuse’s new coordinators have previous experience working with Shafer. Bullough coached linebackers at Western Michigan in 2005 under Shafer, who was defensive coordinator, while McDonald served alongside Shafer as receivers coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-03, and as offensive coordinator at Western Michigan in 2005-06. McDonald had been hired by Bret Bielema as receivers on the new Arkansas staff, but left after a month for the chance to become a coordinator.
“It’s just great to get the band back together with people that have the same philosophical values as to how you develop young men,” Shafer said.
Lester spent the past five years as head coach of D-III Elmhurst (Ill.) College in New York. Lester starred at quarterback at Western Michigan from 1996-99 his coaching career at Elmhurst in 2002. His first Division I job was at Western Michigan in 2005 where coached quarterbacks under head coach Bill Cubit, on the same staff with McDonald as offensive coordinator and Shafer running the defense.
Lea spent last season at Bowling Green. Prior to that, he spent three seasons coaching linebackers at UCLA (2009-12) and was an assistant coach at South Dakota State in 2007-08. He was a graduate assistant at UCLA in 2006 and a defensive intern in 2005.
Steve Morrison, who coached linebackers last season, left the program for personal reasons. Receivers coach Rob Moore and defensive line coach Tim Daoust are expected to be retained.