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Darrin Horn reportedly lands first head coaching job since leaving South Carolina

Darrin Horn promised to build a fence around state when hired at USC in 2008

Here's what Darrin Horn said about recruiting in the state of South Carolina when the Gamecocks hired him as head coach in 2008.
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Here's what Darrin Horn said about recruiting in the state of South Carolina when the Gamecocks hired him as head coach in 2008.

Darrin Horn is reportedly a head coach again.

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish tweeted Tuesday night that Horn, who led South Carolina from 2008-12, has been hired by Northern Kentucky.

Horn was fired by USC after going 60-63 over four seasons, including a 10-21 mark (2-14 SEC) in his final campaign. He’s been on Texas coach Shaka Smart’s staff since 2015.

Horn, 46, is a Bluegrass State native who went 111-48 with Western Kentucky from 2003-08. He replaces John Brannen at NKU. Brannen was hired by Cincinnati on April 14. (The open Bearcat job piqued the interest of Carolina’s Frank Martin).

Northern Kentucky competes in the Horizon League.

Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.
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