Will Muschamp is putting his South Carolina staff together
As the South Carolina Gamecocks are set to hire Will Muschamp as their next head coach, he’s wasting no time in putting his staff together. He reportedly already has two coaches in mind to be on his next staff.
Those coaches are Kurt Roper and Travaris Robinson, who are expected to have prominent positions on his staff, according to FootballScoop. Roper is expected to be named the team’s offensive coordinator.
Robinson is expected to be named the team’s defensive coordinator.
Roper will return to the college game once Muschamp makes these moves. He’s currently the Cleveland Browns Senior Offensive Assistant.
Muschamp and Roper previously worked together during the 2014 season with the Florida Gators when Roper served as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Robinson also has previous experience working with Muschamp. He was the Gators defensive backs coach from 2011 through 2014. When Muschamp became the Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator, he brought Robinson with him.
This will be Robinson’s first job as a defensive coordinator. Besides being a graduate assistant with the Tigers, he’s been a defensive backs coach since 2008.
Johnson has been out of work after being fired by the Tigers after the 2014 season when he was their defensive coordinator. When he was with South Carolina from 2008 through 2011, he was the Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers coach.
Lawing would come to South Carolina from the Florida State Seminoles, where he’s been the Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers coach this season.
Lawing and Muschamp worked together at Florida, where he was the assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Prior to working with Muschamp, he’s also worked with other prominent head coaches in Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, Nick Saban at Michigan State and Mack Brown at Appalachian State.
Muschamp has also said that he’ll want Marcus Lattimore on his coaching staff. The former running back, who injured his knee and never had a professional career, could potentially be named the running backs coach.
He’s also reached out to Clemson Tigers co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott for the same role with the Gamecocks. However, Scott hasn’t accepted it yet – if at all – as he’s coaching with the No. 1 team in the country right now.
Scott and Muschamp hasn’t worked together as Scott has been with the Tigers for the past seven-years as a full-time assistant coach.