South Carolina fires assistant and play caller Roper
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has fired the assistant coach who called its offensive plays.
Coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Wednesday he decided after much deliberation to dismiss co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and go a different direction.
The Gamecocks other co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, will call plays at the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Michigan. Muschamp says he will decide how to replace Roper permanently after that.
South Carolina was last in the Southeastern Conference with 347 yards of total offense a game in Muschamp and Roper's first season in 2016.
They improved to 12th this season even though they gained 7 fewer yards a game.
Roper and Muschamp worked together in 2014 at Florida and were fired before that season ended.
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Updated December 6, 2017