If Will Muschamp’s South Carolina staff has anything, it’s SEC flare.
The latest assistant coach with SEC ties is co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper, who officially joined the Gamecocks’ staff on Monday, the university announced.
Roper had been expected to take on this position at South Carolina once the Cleveland Browns’ season came to an end. He even paid a visit to 4-star quarterback signee Brandon McIlwain’s commitment to the Gamecocks last month.
“I’m excited to have Coach Roper joining the staff,” said Muschamp. “He’s been a play-caller in the SEC, has experience in working with and developing quarterbacks like Eli Manning and former Gamecock Connor Shaw, has an NFL background, and did a great job at Duke under David Cutcliffe. We are excited for what he offers.”
Roper spent one season in the NFL after previously serving as Florida’s offensive coordinator in 2014 under Muschamp.
Muschamp is quite the fan of Roper, evident by his comments last month suggesting he would have remained in Gainesville, Fla., longer should he have had Roper on his coaching staff for a greater amount of time.
Prior to coaching the Gators, Roper spent six seasons at Duke, including 2008-13 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He served as the assistant head coach his final season.
Roper also had two stints with his alma mater, Tennessee. He began his coaching career with the Vols from 1996-98 as a graduate assistant working with the defensive and special teams’ units. He returned in 2006-07 as running backs coach, where he coached former Vols great and current Houston Texans back Arian Foster.
Roper spent time at both Kentucky (2005) and Ole Miss (1999-2004), where he coached quarterbacks throughout his tenure and also coordinated the passing game from 2002-04. Roper coached the likes of Eli Manning during his time in Oxford, Miss.
Roper will share the offensive coordinator title with former UGA wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, but McClendon will run the offense.
South Carolina announces hiring of Kurt Roper, who will share OC title with Bryan McClendon but will run offense.
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