USC safeties coach Jeep Hunter confirmed Friday morning he has been fired by Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier.
Hunter spent three seasons with the Gamecocks. He coached the tight ends and worked with the special teams his first two seasons before moving to defense last season.
Hunter becomes the fifth assistant to leave the staff since the end of the season. The others were running backs coach Jay Graham, special teams coordinator and spur safety coach John Butler, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson and strength coordinator Craig Fitzgerald.
Here’s the official release from USC which came out Friday afternoon:
University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has informed assistant coach Jeep Hunter that he will not be retained for the 2012 season, it was announced today.
Coach Spurrier indicated that he felt the team needed a more experienced secondary coach and has decided to go in that direction.
“We wish Coach Hunter and his family the very best,” said Coach Spurrier.
Coach Hunter logged three seasons on the Gamecocks’ staff. He spent his first two seasons in Columbia coaching the tight ends and serving as an assistant special teams coordinator after being hired on Feb. 3, 2009. He moved over to the defensive side of the ball in 2011, overseeing the Gamecock safeties.