Report: South Carolina poised to hire Eric Wolford as offensive line coach

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South Carolina appears to have its new offensive line coach lined up.

FootballScoop reported Sunday that the school is planning to hire former assistant Eric Wolford to take over the role on coach Will Muschamp’s staff.

Wolford would be replacing Shawn Elliott, who left to become the head coach at Georgia State last month after the conclusion of the Gamecocks’ regular season.

Wolford previously served on South Carolina’s staff as its offensive line coach and running game coordinator under former coach Steve Spurrier in 2009. He then spent five seasons as Youngstown State coach where he compiled a 31-26 record before most recently working as an assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey also has reported that South Carolina has interviewed Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers and Tennessee offensive line quality control coach Walt Wells.

Muschamp said Dec. 15 that he wouldn’t hire a new full-time offensive line coach to replace Elliott until after the team’s Birmingham Bowl appearance on Dec. 29 but likely before the recruiting dead period ends this week.

“We’re still talking to people, and want to make sure we take our due diligence and hire the best fit for us,” Muschamp said at the time. “We don’t go live recruiting again until Jan. 12, so there’s no reason to rush into anything right now.”

For the bowl game, which South Carolina lost 46-39, hired longtime assistant John Latina on an interim basis as the team’s offensive line coach.

Cedric Williams, who had assisted Elliott with the offensive line this season, was hired to become Georgia State’s new offensive line coach following Elliott’s move to the school.

RELATED: Running back David Williams, 2 others leaving South Carolina program

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