Josh Kendall

Reports: Gamecocks to hire former Miami coordinator, well-regarded recruiter

Multiple outlets are reporting South Carolina is shaking up its offensive coaching staff,

Gamecock Central, the Big Spur and FootballScoop reported Tuesday the Gamecocks will add former Miami offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, a longtime friend of Bryan McClendon, as its new running backs coach. The school’s board of trustees will meet Wednesday and an item in executive session of “Proposed Contractual Matters: Athletics Employment Agreements.”

McClendon, who has been on the Gamecocks staff for three seasons and was promoted last year to offensive coordinator, was a teammate of Brown’s on Georgia’s 2005 SEC championship team and coached with McClendon at Georgia in 2015.

Brown left Georgia to follow head coach Mark Richt to Miami, where he served as the Hurricanes offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. After Richt resigned in December, new Miami head coach Manny Diaz fired Brown and the rest of the offensive staff.

Brown was the running backs coach at Wisconsin in 2014 when running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards and finished second in the Heisman Trophy race. He also has coached at Marshall.

Brown was a standout high school running back at Tucker High School in Atlanta and went on to be the fifth-leading rusher in Georgia history. Bryan Lamar, the current head coach at Tucker and a friend of Brown’s, said “no comment” when asked Tuesday if Brown was joining the South Carolina staff.

The Gamecocks will have to move one member of their current offensive coaching staff to make room for Brown. FootballScoop reported that would be tight ends coach Pat Washington.

McClendon and offensive line coach Eric Wolford have drawn praise from head coach Will Muschamp all season. New quarterbacks coach Dan Werner just received a $200,000 annual raise. Current running backs coach Bobby Bentley recently was pursued by Auburn for an offensive position and could be moved to a different position on the offensive staff.