Will Muschamp’s staff at South Carolina might not be complete for a few weeks, but two of his hires have already been officially announced.
Travaris Robinson and Bobby Bentley will serve as assistant coaches to Muschamp’s staff, the school announced Tuesday. Robinson will serve as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, while Bentley will coach the running backs.
Robinson, who is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, has spent the past five seasons coaching defensive backs under Muschamp, first at Florida (2011-14), then at Auburn (2015). The former Tiger standout also began his coaching career at Auburn under Muschamp, first as a staff assistant in 2006, then as a graduate assistant in 2007.
“I look forward to Travaris leading our defense,” Muschamp said in a statement. “I’ve worked with him since 2006. He understands our schemes and systems and what we want to accomplish on defense.”
Robinson, a Miami, Fla. native, spent one season each as a defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky (2008), Southern Miss (2009) and Texas Tech (2010) before reuniting with Muschamp on his staff at Florida.
Bentley returns to the state of South Carolina after two seasons as an offensive analyst at Auburn under Gus Malzahn.
“We look forward to having Bobby back in the state of South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “He is a legendary high school coach in South Carolina who won multiple state titles. He will represent our university in a first-class manner.”
Prior to his stint at Auburn, Bentley was the head coach at Byrnes High in Duncan, where he was one of the most successful high school coaches in the country. Bentley coach at Presbyterian College for two seasons.
Kurt Roper, an offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns and Muschamp’s offensive coordinator during his last season at Florida, is expected to join USC in the same capacity.
Shawn Elliott is reported to be retained by Muschamp as offensive line coach and was pictured on social media Monday recruiting with Muschamp. The rest of the Gamecocks’ former staff appear to be out.
Director of Recruiting Operations Robbie Liles toured the stadium with Muschamp on Saturday, was at the introductory press conference Monday and is thought to be staying on, according to a source close to the program.