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Woody McCorvey
Woody McCorvey

Woody McCorvey is returning to South Carolina for what he hopes will be a longer stint than his previous stop with the Gamecocks.

McCorvey, a veteran assistant who has worked at four SEC schools over the past 19 years, will join the Gamecocks’ offensive staff, USC coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Tuesday night through a school spokesman.

McCorvey, 58, spent the past five seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Mississippi State under Sylvester Croom, who resigned Saturday with a record of 21-38.

McCorvey was the Gamecocks’ receivers coach in 1998 during Brad Scott’s final season in Columbia.

He is expected to coach the USC receivers again. Steve Spurrier Jr., the Gamecocks’ receivers coach the past four seasons, would work with the team’s quarterbacks.

Attempts to reach McCorvey were unsuccessful.

Spurrier worked quickly to fill one of the two offensive vacancies created by his firing of offensive line coach John Hunt and the departure of recruiting coordinator/assistant quarterbacks coach David Reaves, who left Sunday to join the staff of his brother-in-law, new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.

McCorvey gained a reputation as a skilled recruiter during stints at Clemson (1983-89), Alabama (1990-97), Tennessee (1999-2003), USC and Mississippi State.

He was not as successful calling plays in Croom’s West Coast offense. In five seasons, the Bulldogs never finished in the top 100 among 119 teams nationally in total offense.

McCorvey has ties to a couple of USC assistants. He worked alongside Johnson at Mississippi State and Alabama, where both were part of Gene Stallings’ staff when the Crimson Tide won the 1992 national championship.

McCorvey was with Gamecocks cornerbacks coach Shane Beamer at Tennessee and Mississippi State.

During preseason camp in August, McCorvey underwent surgery to remove one of his kidneys. He has not disclosed the condition that led to the surgery, but has said his health is fine.

Scheduling swap. S.C. State and The Citadel have traded places on the Gamecocks’ 2009 and 2011 schedules because of a conflict The Citadel had next season, USC media relations director Steve Fink said. S.C. State will face USC in Columbia on Oct. 3 next year. The Citadel will meet the Gamecocks in 2011 and 2013.

Reach Person at (803) 771-8496.

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