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No Golf, More Football For Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier has plans for 2015, and they include walking the South Carolina sideline and slinging his headset.

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Urban Meyer Is AARP Coverboy

Urban Meyer is now 50 years old. That’s clearly something to celebrate, especially when you’ve had as many “conditions” as he’s had.

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South Carolina Freshman OL leaves program

JP Vonashek (Photo: Melissa Harmon / GoGamecocks.com)South Carolina freshman offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek has left the program.

Vonashek, a 2013 signee, started the season as the Gamecocks’ No. 2 right tackle, but was not listed on the most recent two-deep depth chart.

A school spokesperson confirmed the departure to GoGamecocks.com, but no reason was given for the departure.

A 3-star recruit out of Camden County High School in Brunswick, Ga., the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Vonashek originally chose South Carolina over offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Miami, among others.

There was no word on if or where he intends to transfer.

Photo credit: Melissa Harmon, GoGamecocks.com

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Two names emerge as candidates for Alabama offensive line job

Sources tell us that UCF's Brent Key is a candidate to replace Jeff Stoutland at Alabama. (Photo: Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel)

Sources tell us that UCF’s Brent Key is a candidate to replace Jeff Stoutland at Alabama. (Photo: Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel)

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e talked about Pat Hill’s possible return to the college game in an article this morning, but there are at least two more names to watch out for to replace Jeff Stoutland as Alabama’s offensive line coach.

A source tells us that Nick Saban likes South Carolina’s Shawn Elliott and Central Florida’s Brent Key as potential candidates.

Elliott has been part of Steve Spurrier’s staff since 2010, beginning as offensive line coach and later adding the running game coordinator title. He is considered a potential successor to Spurrier as the Gamecocks’ head coach, but spending time under Saban is considered a pretty clear path to a head coaching job in its own right.

A four-year letterman at Appalachian State, Elliott reportedly turned down an opportunity to replace Jerry Moore as the Mountaineers’ head coach in December. Elliott makes $300,000 per year at Carolina, and Appalachian State was not going to be able to pay him enough to lure him away.

Following his playing career, Elliott began coaching at Appalachian State in 1997. He spent two years as a defensive assistant then two years as tight ends coach before taking over as offensive line coach in 2001. Over the next nine seasons, Elliott coached 12 All-Americans and three-consecutive SoCon Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipients.

A 2012 Broyles Award nominee, Key has spent the past eight seasons at UCF, the past four as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Before the 2012 season, he was promoted to assistant head coach. Key was previously the Knights’ tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.

Key is a native of Trussville, Ala. and was a four-year starter at Georgia Tech under UCF head coach George O’Leary. He began his coaching career at Georgia Tech in 2001 as the offensive graduate assistant, and later coached tight ends and running backs at Western Carolina (2004) before being  reunited with O’Leary at Central Florida in 2005.

Saban reached out to newly-hired Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman, but Pittman chose to remain with the Razorbacks.

Other names mentioned with the job are former UAB head coach Neil Callaway and current Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend. Both Callaway and Friend played at Alabama and Saban’s staff is currently without a Bama alum, but sources indicate Calloway and Friend are not leading candidates at this point.

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The Coaching Wire: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

South Carolina has hired UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams (Photo Goheels.com)

South Carolina has hired UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams (Photo Goheels.com)

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).


 

New Syracuse coordinators George McDonald (left) and Chuck Bullough. (Photo by Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard)

New Syracuse coordinators George McDonald (left) and Chuck Bullough. (Photo by Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard)

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.

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The Coaching Wire: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Report: Brad Lawing will join Florida staff


South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing will accept the same position on Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida, according to reports.

Lawing has been at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier since 2006. He was also to Carolina in 1998-99 under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.

ESPN’s Chris Low ranks Lawing as one of the top assistants in the SEC, listing him as one his “Dandy Dozen” conference coaches. According to Low, Lawing is:

One of the more underrated coaches in the SEC, Lawing has been doing it for a long time at a very high level. His defensive lines at South Carolina have been excellent the past few years and are one of the big reasons the Gamecocks have made their move into the SEC’s upper tier.

Lawing replaces Dan Quinn, who was recently named Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

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