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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Steve Spurrier's never been one to sit still when things don't go to his liking on the field, and what's happened the last several weeks on his staff is a prime example.
The assistants have come and gone for the Gamecocks.
The newest one coming is former Tennessee running back Jay Graham, who reached an agreement Monday to coach the Gamecocks' running backs next season. Graham, who was on the Miami (Ohio) staff last season, will replace Robert Gillespie, who left to take a job on the Oklahoma State staff.
There could be another one going.
Special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski, after just one season in Columbia, has emerged as a leading candidate for the special teams job with the Indianapolis Colts. Rychleski and new Colts coach Jim Caldwell coached together at Wake Forest from 1993-2000. It's not a done deal yet with Rychleski, as the Colts plan to interview at least one other candidate.
If Rychleski does leave for the Colts job, though, that would mark the sixth different staff member at South Carolina to leave or be fired since the end of the 2008 season.
Recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Reaves and strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith both went to Tennessee. Safeties coach Ron Cooper went to LSU. Gillespie bolted for Oklahoma State, and offensive line coach John Hunt was fired.
Outside of Steve Spurrier, Jr., the longest-tenured position coach now with the elder Spurrier is defensive line coach Brad Lawing, and he didn't join Spurrier at South Carolina until 2006. Lawing had an earlier stint with the Gamecocks from 1989-98, working under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.
Spurrier hired Lorenzo Ward away from Arkansas to coordinate the Gamecocks' defense along with assistant head coach Ellis Johnson. Shane Beamer was promoted to recruiting coordinator to take over for Reaves.