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Blast from the past: Sparky Woods is back (on USC’s schedule)

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Veteran South Carolina fans might recognize one of North Carolina’s coaches when the Gamecocks and Tar Heels meet on Aug. 31 in the 2019 season opener.

Sparky Woods, South Carolina’s head coach from 1989 to 1993, has joined UNC head coach Mack Brown’s staff, according to FootballScoop.com. The website did not say what position Woods will fill. The Tar Heels have announced eight of Brown’s 10 assistant coach hires but not Woods’ hiring.

Woods, a 40-year coaching veteran, has been the head coach at South Carolina, Appalachian State and VMI. The 65-year-old also has served as an assistant coach at Virginia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Memphis and Richmond, where he served last year as running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator.

The Gamecocks were 24-28-3 during Woods’ tenure, which included the school joining the SEC in 1992. Woods was replaced by Brad Scott.

Name

Yrs.

W-L-T

1. W. A. Whaley

1896

1-3-0

2. W.P. Murphy

1897

0-3-0

3. W. Wertenbaker

1898

1-2-0

4. I. O. Hunt

1899-1900

6-6-0

5. B. W. Dickson

1901

3-4-0

6. C. R. Williams

1902-03

14-3-0

7. Christie Benet

1904-05, 08-09

13-16-3

8. Douglas McKay

1907

3-0-0

9. John H. Neff

1910-11

5-8-2

10. N. B. Edgerton

1912-15

19-13-3

11. Rice Warren

1916

2-7-0

12. Dixon Foster

1917, 1919

4-12-1

13. Frank Dobson

1918

2-1-1

14. Sol Metzger

1920-24

26-18-2

15. Branch Bocock

1925-26

13-7-0

16. Harry Lightsey

1927

4-5-0

17. Billy Laval

1928-34

39-26-6

18. Don McCallister

1935-37

13-20-1

19. Rex Enright

1938-42, 46-55

64-69-7

20. J. P. Moran

1943

5-2-0

21. William Newton

1944

3-4-2

22. Johnnie McMillan

1945

2-4-3

23. Warren Giese

1956-60

28-21-1

24. Marvin Bass

1961-65

17-29-4

25. Paul Dietzel

1966-74

42-53-1

26. Jim Carlen

1975-81

45-36-1

27. Richard Bell

1982

4-7-0

28. Joe Morrison

1983-88

39-28-2

29. Sparky Woods

1989-93

24-28-3

30. Brad Scott

1994-98

23-32-1

31. Lou Holtz

1999-2004

33-37-0

32. Steve Spurrier

2005-15

86-49-0

33. Shawn Elliott

2015

1-5

34. Will Muschamp2106-present22-17


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