Roper out as offensive coordinator for Gamecocks

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News of Roper's firing was announced on Wednesday by head coach Will Muschamp.

SC will have a new signal caller for its January 1 game against MI.

Meanwhile, while Joyner finishes up his high school demands, Muschamp will be using his vast list of contacts to zero in on potential coordinators, Regardless of who comes in, it should be considered the most important hire of the Muschamp era as he looks for someone who can provide a spark to the offense.

Michigan's Outback Bowl opponent, South Carolina, made a change to its coaching staff Tuesday night, firing offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. "We appreciate Kurt's contributions to our program and to the University and wish him all the best". The Gamecocks also averaged only 340 total offensive yards, which was also 12th in the league. That's 14.7 yards fewer than MI, which checked in at No. 101.

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SC ranked 108th nationally in total offense, 98th in scoring offense and 107th in rushing offense.

South Carolina's rushing attack ranks No. 108 (127.25 ypg) and its passing game ranks No. 79 (212.9 ypg). In his first year, Carolina fielded three starting quarterbacks before the job was earned by Jake Bentley.

Roper was also the offensive coordinator under Muschamp at Florida before taking a job with the Cleveland Browns as the senior offensive assistant coach.

He was also Arian Foster's running back coach at Tennessee and Thad Lewis' coach at Duke.