Report: Longtime SEC defensive coach will join Will Muschamp’s staff
Will Muschamp will reportedly add an experienced SEC coach with plenty of ties around the state of South Carolina to his still-evolving Gamecocks staff.
Ellis Johnson, who served on Steve Spurrier’s staff at South Carolina from 2008-11, will reportedly join Muschamp’s staff in a role to be determined, according to Tony Morrell of 247sports.
Muschamp replaced Johnson, who spent two years working for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, as Tigers defensive coordinator for 2015. Johnson left South Carolina to be the head coach at Southern Mississippi in 2012, but he went 0-12 and was fired after one season.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Johnson had two four-year stints at Alabama and one four-year run at Mississippi State as an assistant coach. He has worked for several schools in the Carolinas besides the Gamecocks, including Clemson, East Carolina, Appalachian State and The Citadel.
Former interim coach Shawn Elliott was retained by Muschamp and will return to offensive line coaching duties. Two other Auburn assistants, Travaris Robinson and Bobby Bentley, have joined Muschamp. His offensive coordinator at Florida in 2014, Kurt Roper, will reportedly join him as offensive coordinator for South Carolina.