SC fires its offensive coordinator ahead of Outback Bowl

Kurt Roper watches his skill players warm up before the Georgia game in Athens

Kurt Roper watches his skill players warm up before the Georgia game in Athens

SC offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is not expected to be retained and offensive staff changes could be announced as soon as Wednesday, USA Today's Dan Wolken reported Tuesday, citing a source.

Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will coordinate the Gamecocks' offense and call the plays for the 2018 Outback Bowl game against MI, head football coach Will Muschamp said.

Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will coordinate the Gamecocks' offense and call the plays for the 2018 Outback Bowl game versus MI.

SC averaged 24.1 points per game (12th SEC) and 340.2 yards per game (12th SEC) this season.

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Considering the Gamecocks have arguably the best quarterback in the SEC in Jake Bentley, his lack of overall development may have played a part in the decision to relieve Roper of his duties on the team.

This season, SC has averaged 24.1 points per game, which is tied for 98th in the country with Maryland.

Roper, hired by Muschamp in 2016, previously served as an offensive analyst for the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

SC will have a new signal caller for its January 1 game against MI.

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