South Carolina’s efforts to land one of the top young coaches in the country may have hit a stumbling block.
Houston’s Tom Herman, considered to be a top target for the university, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde.
Herman and South Carolina had been holding extensive third-party discussions regarding the job, Forde reported.
Houston is 10-1 in Herman’s first season as head coach. Last year, he won a national championship while serving as offensive coordinator for Ohio State under Urban Meyer.
Earlier today, a report from FoxSports.com indicated Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has emerged as the front-runner for the South Carolina job.
During last week’s game against The Citadel, athletic director Ray Tanner said he expects to name a new coach in early December.
The Gamecocks are 3-8 heading into their season finale at home against Clemson on Saturday. Steve Spurrier resigned in October and interim coach Shawn Elliott is 1-4 since taking over.