David Cloninger

January 15, 2014

Football staff should remain intact, but remember these guys?

USC should have the same group of assistants on the sideline next year for the first time under Steve Spurrier.

David Cloninger

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Steve Spurrier and his staff are expected to receive raises tomorrow, as The State first reported this morning (Here). The move was expected and the actual vote should be a mere formality.

What is unexpected – and still fluid, I might add, as nothing’s ever over in the coaching carousel – is for South Carolina’s staff to remain intact for the first time under Spurrier. That made me think of all of the other coaches who have come and gone since Spurrier took over in 2005.

Steve Spurrier Jr. is the only assistant from the original staff remaining. Due to my extensive collection of old media guides, take a walk down memory lane:

Original staff, 2005
Ron Cooper
Madre Hill
John Hunt
Tyrone Nix
David Reaves
Steve Spurrier Jr.
Rick Stockstill
John Thompson
Dave Wommack

Hill, Stockstill, Thompson leave; Fred Chatham, Robert Gillespie, Brad Lawing arrive (Lawing started his second stint at USC in 2006)

Wommack leaves; Shane Beamer arrives

Chatham, Nix leave; Ellis Johnson, Ray Rychleski arrive (Note: Brian VanGorder had been hired as defensive coordinator before Johnson but left before ever coaching a practice)

Cooper, Gillespie, Hunt, Reaves, Rychleski leave; Jay Graham, Jeep Hunter, G.A. Mangus, Lorenzo Ward, Eric Wolford arrive

Wolford leaves; Shawn Elliott arrives

Beamer leaves; John Butler arrives

Butler, Graham, Hunter, Johnson leave; Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands arrive

Lawing leaves; Deke Adams arrives


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