With a fresh recruiting class and spring ball around the corner, the Gamecocks are ready to put last season's 7-6 effort behind them. Even with fans and, presumably, players and coaches looking forward, there are still some familiar faces that have opted to move on over the course of a turbulent offseason of roster attrition. According to GoGamecocks.com, 11 players (with eligibility remaining) will not return to Columbia in the fall. One of them, RB Mike Davis, is headed to the NFL. Another, receiver K.J. Brent, who will be a graduate transfer, has decided to join Wake Forest, a decision he announced yesterday on Twitter.
Other players leaving USC for (perhaps) greener pastures:
Kaiwan Lewis (LB) — Rutgers
Blake McClain (DL) — Pearl River CC
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Na'Ty Rodgers (OL) — Iowa Western CC
Shaw Roland (WR) — Prarie View A&M
Gerald Turner (FB/LB) — Charleston Southern
In other offseason news, 247sports.com reports coach Steve Spurrier will meet with athletic director Ray Tanner to discuss, among other things, contracts for his assistant coaches.
The South Carolina assistants were put on two-year contracts following the 2011 season and those have become standard since that decision was made. Former athletics director Eric Hyman said at the time that he was “rewarding outstanding productivity” in putting coaches on two-year deals.
In past years, contract extensions have been approved by the Board of Trustees in either January or February but this year, if extensions do come, they’ll come at a later date.
Defensive coordinators Jon Hoke and Lorenzo Ward earn the most among USC assistants, collecting $750,000 each per year through the 2016 season.