USC coach Steve Spurrier said he is not blaming all of the Gamecocks’ problems on fired offensive line coach John Hunt, but felt it was time to make a change to improve an under-performing unit.
Spurrier fired Hunt after four seasons Sunday, the same day recruiting coordinator/assistant quarterbacks coach David Reaves left to join brother-in-law Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.
That leaves Spurrier with two vacancies on his offensive staff heading into the bowl game. Graduate assistant Cedric Williams will coach the offensive line on an interim basis; Spurrier said he was uncertain what he would do with the quarterback position.
Fans have called for Hunt’s firing for the past couple of years. But Spurrier stuck with him until the Gamecocks finished the regular season ranked last in the SEC in rushing for the second consecutive season and next to last in sacks allowed for the second year in a row.
“We just thought it was time somebody else talked to the offensive linemen, see if we can’t get better performance up there,” Spurrier said. “Certainly we’re not blaming our problems on coach Hunt. We just feel like we have to do something different in our offensive scheme of things. And with David Reaves leaving, we’ll have a new look somehow or another. I’m not sure how we’re going to shake out quarterback coach exactly, yet.”
Williams, who played guard at USC under Lou Holtz, has assisted Hunt with the line.
Below: Hear Steve Spurrier's comments after USC's loss to Clemson.