USC officially announced Deke Adams as its new defensive line coach Tuesday afternoon. Adams is making the move from the North Carolina program to join Steve Spurrier’s staff. He’s excited about the new venture and Spurrier is excited to have him.
“We are thrilled to have Deke Adams come in as our defensive line coach,” Spurrier said via a press release. “Several of our coaches are very familiar with Deke, having coached with him previously. He has an excellent track record both as a player and as an assistant coach. He has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line, and in recruiting the state of North Carolina and other parts of the South. He and his family will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff.”
Adams spent one season in Chapel Hill working under Larry Fedora. He was also on Fedora’s staff at Southern Miss for three seasons. In fact he was on the Golden Eagles staff when they played the Gamecocks in Columbia two years ago in the season opener. Adams other coaching stops include stints at Jacksonville State, Pearl River Community College, Louisiana-Monroe and North Carolina A&T. He played his college ball at Southern Miss.
Adams is replacing Brad Lawing on the Gamecock staff. Lawing left abrubtly over the weekend to take a similar job at Florida.
“Brad Lawing did an excellent job here for the last seven years,” Spurrier said. “He’s a good coach and we appreciate everything he did for the Gamecocks. We wish him all the best.”
Adams joined us on SportsTalk First Edition Tuesday afternoon to talk about his upcoming transition from North Carolina to South Carolina and what he plans to bring to the table in terms of recruiting and coaching style. You can listen to that interview below.