COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina filled its vacant offensive line coach spot, announcing the hire of Eric Wolford on Monday.
“I’m excited to have Eric come back to South Carolina and join our staff,” said coach Will Muschamp in a statement. “He has a long history as an excellent offensive line coach and has the added experiences of being a head coach and being in the NFL, both of which make him even more of an asset to our staff moving forward.”
Wolford, who coached the offensive line at South Carolina for a year in 2009, spent the past two seasons as the assistant offensive line for the San Francisco 49ers.
“My family and I are excited about our return to the University of South Carolina,” Wolford said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be a part of the Gamecock family again. With such supportive, loyal fans and Coach Muschamp’s guidance, I am confident that this program, is moving in an explosive and positive direction. We are honored to be a part of the Gamecock family.”
Prior to his work with the 49ers, Wolford spent five seasons as the head coach at Youngstown State as part of his 19 years of experience coaching at the college level.
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Shawn Elliott, who was hired in 2010 after Wolford departed, held the offensive line coaching job for the past few years until he accepted the head coaching job at Georgia State. Muschamp elected not to fill the open coaching job until after the season, filling it temporarily with longtime offensive line coach John Latina. Latina, whose stops included Ole Miss and Duke, coached the USC offensive line through bowl practices and the Birmingham Bowl.
Wolford’s hire initially was reported by FootballScoop on Sunday, then reported later in the day by TheBigSpur.