The South Carolina Gamecocks football team announced Wednesday morning they have relieved Co-Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper of his duties.
In a statement provided by USC Athletics, Head Coach Will Muschamp said, “After much deliberation, I have decided to go in a different direction with the offensive coordinator position on our football team. We appreciate Kurt’s contributions to our program and to thte University and wish him all the best.”
The Gamecocks say co-offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon will handle playcalling duties in the Outback Bowl, with a full-time replacement to come following the bowl.
Roper’s firing comes off a disappointing year for the Gamecocks offense, where South Carolina gained just 340 yards per game (108th out of 129 FBS teams), and averaged just 24 points per game (98th best).
Reporters asked Muschamp about Roper’s status during his bowl press conference, with him saying “He’s our offensive coordinator,” and “We need to be more productive offensively and that’s the first thing [Roper] would tell you as well.”
The Big Spur first reported Roper’s tenuous nature earlier this week, with USA Today’s Dan Wolken confirming the ouster Tuesday night. The report from The Big Spur cited information that suggested a new Offensive Coordinator would come from outside of the program.