South Carolina still hasn’t found the solution to its offensive woes, and now offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is paying the price.
The Gamecocks fired Roper on Wednesday ahead of the team’s trip to the Outback Bowl against Michigan. In a statement, coach Will Muschamp said he had decided to “go in a different direction.” Wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will serve as the team’s play-caller for the Michigan game.
Roper’s firing continues the revolving door of coordinators under Muschamp, who now will be looking for his fourth offensive coordinator. Charlie Weis, Brent Pease and now Roper have run offenses at Florida and South Carolina under Muschamp without lasting more than two years. Muschamp will be in his seventh season as a head coach in 2018 and will be on his fourth OC.
Despite improvements from quarterback Jake Bentley, South Carolina’s offense failed to live up to expectations, particularly in the running game.
South Carolina ranked 108th nationally in total offense, 98th in scoring offense and 107th in rushing offense.
The Gamecocks (8-4) will meet Michigan for the fourth time in school history. South Carolina beat the Wolverines 33-28 after the 2012 season, also in the Outback Bowl.
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