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South Carolina's Jeep Hunter fired

Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:48 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The staff turnover at South Carolina continues.

Safeties coach Jeep Hunter was fired on Friday morning. Hunter learned of the news while in an airport waiting to return from a recruiting trip. According to Hunter, he received a phone call from Steve Spurrier to inform him of the news.

"I just got a phone call from (Spurrier) saying he wanted to go in a different direction," Hunter told The State.

Hunter spent three seasons as an assistant at South Carolina. The 2011 season was his first year on the defensive side of the ball, as he spent the previous two seasons coaching tight ends and was an assistant special teams coordinator.

Hunter is the fifth assistant to leave the South Carolina program this year. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, running backs coach Jay Graham, special teams coach John Butler, and strength coach Craig Fitzgerald have all left the program in recent weeks. All but Fitzgerald have been replaced.

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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:47 pm

South Carolina's Jeep Hunter fired

The article makes it seem like Spurrier fired all of these coaches.  Ellis Johnson took a head coaching job at Southern Miss, and the others either got promotions at other schools or went to their alma maters.  As far as I know Jeep Hunter was the only one fired.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:23 pm

South Carolina's Jeep Hunter fired

Spurrier can change all of the assistants he wants, but he is not going to win the SEC with teams like Bammer, Auburn, and LSU in his way.  Even though the East Division is weaker than it has been, with Florida and Tennessee politely withdrawing from the list of elite teams, he still has UGA in his own division.  
The bottom line is that, even with a very nice campus, Spurrier can't recruit enough four and five star players to have a realistic chance of winning the SEC Championship on a regular basis.  Lou Holtz couldn't, either.  It's just part of coaching at South Carolina.  There is no way he is going to improve on 11-2 by changing assistants.  
Spurrier, the fans, and the media should take a deep breath, look at what he is doing, and realize what a great job he did to get to 11-2.   

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