Many of the candidates rumored to be in the mix for South Carolina’s coaching vacancy have been defensive-minded coaches.
The exception: Lincoln Riley.
South Carolina has expressed interest in Riley, Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator, and the two sides are expected to speak about the position, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Riley is in his first season with the Sooners, who rank third in scoring offense and seventh in total offense nationally.
If hired, Riley, 32, would become the youngest coach in the FBS.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier resigned in October after a 2-4 start. Interim coach Shawn Elliott went 1-5 in his stead as the Gamecocks dropped their final five games to close out the season at 3-9.
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, former UGA coach Mark Richt, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen have all been rumored to be in the mix for the South Carolina job.