SC announced that offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has been let go in advance of the team's matchup with the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl and head coach Will Muschamp said the following in the public release concerning the firing. Muschamp said "Right now, (Roper's) our offensive coordinator and that's all I know".
Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will coordinate the Gamecocks' offense and call the plays for the 2018 Outback Bowl game against MI, head football coach Will Muschamp said.
Roper has been the Gamecocks' offensive coordinator for both of Will Muschamp's two seasons in Columbia and also for Muschamp's last season in Florida.
The Gamecocks ended the regular season ranked 108th in total offense under Roper, 98th in scoring offense and 76th in sacks allowed. That's 14.7 yards fewer than MI, which checked in at No. 101.
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Despite improvements from quarterback Jake Bentley, South Carolina's offense failed to live up to expectations, particularly in the running game.
Roper's firing continues the revolving door of coordinators under Muschamp, who now will be looking for his fourth offensive coordinator.
SC ranked 108th nationally in total offense, 98th in scoring offense and 107th in rushing offense.
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