Breaking News: Steve Spurrier Hires Offensive Line Coach for Gamecocks

Lee W.Correspondent IJanuary 3, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 28:  South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier walks the sideline against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Steve Spurrier did not wait long after South Carolina's Papa John's Bowl loss to hire a replacement for Eric Wolford.

Appalachian State offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, a Camden native; is set to replace Eric Wolford, who is now the head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins. Elliott interviewed for the job earlier last week in Columbia before the Gamecocks traveled to Birhmingham.

Elliott, will receive a two year contract. He will also be given the title of run game coordinator.

"He didn’t ask for much. He didn’t even ask what he’s making. That’s the kind of guy I like,” Spurrier said. “He knew it’d be more than what he was making. I like those kind of guys. I was sort of that way myself at one time, and that’s the way you start out, I think.”

"He really wanted the job" Spurrier said. Spurrier says he received a text from Elliott after the bowl game that said "Coach, I can really help this team."

The South Carolina coach included that Elliott had a great track record. Elliott was the first player in Appy State's history to play in the I-AA (FCS) playoffs from 1991-1995. Three of his players won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from 2005-07, given to the SOCON's best lineman.