USA Today college football writer Dan Wolken reported Tuesday night USC co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper will not be back with the program after two seasons in which the Gamecocks finished 115th and 108th respectively in total offense. Wolken reported the change could be announced as early as Wednesday. Roper was Will Muschamp’s offensive coordinator for both seasons at USC as well as Muschamp’s final season at Florida in 2014.
Wolken did not report if Roper had been fired, had resigned or been reassigned.
Roper reportedly was under consideration for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Rice, but that job went to the offensive coordinator from Stanford.
The news from Wolken contradicts comments Muschamp made at his Sunday bowl press conference when pressed on Roper’s future with the Gamecocks.
Asked if he expected Roper to be his offensive coordinator for the bowl game, Muschamp replied, “Sure.” But he also gave a non-glowing assessment of Roper’s job performance. “Well, we need to be more productive offensively. There’s no doubt about that and that’s the first thing he’d tell you as well.”
Muschamp and his other co-offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon made an in home visit Tuesday night with quarterback commitment Dakereon Joyner of Fort Dorchester. Roper also met with Joyner separately last week.