Timeline: South Carolina staff changes this offseason

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James Coley introductory press conference | South Carolina Gamecocks

In today’s era of college football, there’s no such thing as an offseason. Between recruiting, two national signing days, and the transfer portal, it never truly ends.

But like those infomercials from the 90s, “Wait, there’s more.” You also have to deal with changes to your coaching staff.

For South Carolina, that’s been something they know very well. Between firings, hirings, coaches leaving to be head coaches elsewhere or coaches sliding from one position to another, the Gamecocks have seen it all this offseason. With the news today about James Coley expected to be on his way out for the same job at Georgia, this will mark the ninth change to South Carolina’s coaching staff since the start of the year, with a tenth change now on the way.

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Below is a timeline of when those changes took place:

Jan. 3

Parted ways with RB coach Montario Hardesty

After three seasons as running backs coach at South Carolina, Shane Beamer announced his first true firing since taking over the program ahead of the 2021 season with relieving Hardesty of his coaching duties.

Jan. 10

Tight end coach Jody Wright leaves to become head coach at Murray State

Jan. 12

Wide receiver coach Justin Stepp slides over to coach tight ends

Jan. 12

South Carolina’s board of trustees approves contract for wide receiver coach James Coley

Jan. 19

South Carolina’s board of trustees approves contract for running back coach Marquel Blackwell

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Jan. 21

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Pete Lembo leaves to become head coach at Buffalo

Jan. 29

South Carolina’s board of trustees approves contract for Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis

Feb. 8

Tight end coach Justin Stepp leaves to become WR coach at Illinois

Feb. 16

South Carolina’s board of trustees approves contract for run game coordinator/tight end coach Shawn Elliott

Feb. 24

Wide receiver coach James Coley expected to leave to become wide receiver coach at Georgia

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