NEW GAMECOCK COACH LANDS TOP GEORGIA COACHING TALENT
New University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp is continuing to add to his staff – hiring interim Georgia head coach Bryan McClendon as his co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
McClendon coached Georgia’s wide receivers in 2015 as an assistant head coach and passing game coordinator to Mark Richt – who accepted the head coaching position at Miami after Georgia fired him. He’s also been the Bulldogs’ top recruiter over the last two seasons – and was national recruiter of the year in 2014, according to 247Sports.
McClendon, 31, is the guy who landed tailback Nick Chubb (who South Carolina missed out on) and his top backup, Sony Michel. He also coached first-round NFL draft choice Todd Gurley and 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year Isaiah Crowell during his tenure at Georgia.
A four-year letterman under Richt, McClendon played on two SEC championship squads during his career as a wide receiver.
“Bryan is an up-and-comer in the coaching profession,” Muschamp said. “It says a lot about his abilities as a coach to be named the interim head coach for the Bulldogs in their bowl game.”
It does … and his hiring is a huge get for the new head coach.
In addition to McClendon, Muschamp named veteran SEC offensive coach Pat Washington as the Gamecocks tight ends’ coach. Washington coached for eleven years at Tennessee – including the 1998 national championship squad – and most recently served as wide receivers’ coach at Missouri. While at Tennessee, he coached future NFL standouts Peerless Price, Donte Stallworth, Joey Kent and Marcus Nash, among others.
Previously, Muschamp hired Cleveland Browns offensive consultant Kurt Roper as offensive coordinator and veteran South Carolina high school coach Bobby Bentley as his running backs coach. Former interim South Carolina head coach Shawn Elliott will coach the offensive line.
On defense, Muschamp has hired former Auburn standout Travaris Robinson as his coordinator.
It’s been a good start so far for Muschamp, who in addition to assembling a solid staff was able to hang onto South Carolina’s top in-state recruit (four-star wide receiver Bryan Edwards) and land one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks (Pennsylvania’s Brandon McIlwain).