The Gamecocks had the third-best SEC coaching staff of the 2011 season, according to ESPN.com.
USC is No. 3 behind the staffs at Alabama and LSU, part of Chris Low's SEC postseason rankings.
Head coach Steve Spurrier led the Gamecocks to their first-ever 11-win campaign last season. ESPN's rankings also take "into account the total staff and the job all of the coaches did this season in developing players, developing the team and getting the team to play its best in the biggest moments."
Low said the Gamecocks staff accomplished the 11 wins "despite their best player, running back Marcus Lattimore, going down with a knee injury during the middle of the season. It was one of Ellis Johnson’ best defenses at South Carolina, and after he left to take the Southern Miss head job, Lorenzo Ward saw to it that the Gamecocks didn’t miss a beat defensively in their Capital Bowl win over Nebraska."
The Arkansas and Georgia staffs are behind USC at No. 4 and 5, respectively.