SC fires co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper

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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.

"After much deliberation, I have chose to go in a different direction with the offensive coordinator position", SC coach Will Muschamp said.

Coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Wednesday he decided after much deliberation to dismiss co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and go a different direction.

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Roper, who's spent the last two seasons calling plays for South Carolina's offense, has also made coaching stops at Tennessee, Ole Miss, Duke and Florida. HC Will Muschamp won't name Roper's permanent replacement until after the Outback Bowl on January 1 against MI.

On Sunday, Muschamp would "not get into speculation" about Roper's future at SC.

The Gamecocks (8-4) rank 108th nationally in total offense, averaging just 340.2 yards per game. In his first year, Carolina fielded three starting quarterbacks before the job was earned by Jake Bentley. Muschamp says he will decide how to replace Roper permanently after that.