New South Carolina coach Will Muschamp adamantly denied that he had made any hires for his new staff during his introductory press conference Monday.
However, multiple reports have linked former Florida offensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns offensive assistant Kurt Roper with the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator position.
Whether that turns out to be true or not, Roper has already received an endorsement from former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who has been learning from Roper in Cleveland the past year.
“(Roper) understands (quarterback) play and operation,” Shaw tweeted Monday afternoon. “Those guys will love him. (He) has been huge for me here in (Cleveland). Great offensive mind.”
Roper, 43, was a member of Muschamp’s Florida staff for the 2014 season, leading the Gators to rank 56th in scoring offense nationally and 96th in total offense.
Roper joined the Browns prior to the 2015 season.
Previously, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott had been reportedly in the mix for the offensive coordinator job.
Additionally, Muschamp will reportedly retain interim coach Shawn Elliott as offensive line coach, the role he assumed prior to Steve Spurrier’s resignation. Elliott is expected to be the only member of South Carolina’s current coaching staff to stay on.
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