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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Coaches roles might change

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three of Lou Holtz's assistant coaches will remain at South Carolina under new coach Steve Spurrier, though their assignments may change.

Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill, defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and assistant David Reaves will be part of Spurrier's new staff. Their specific responsibilities will be determined later.

Spurrier, hired Tuesday to replace the retired Lou Holtz, has said he hopes to have a full staff together by the first of next year. He said Tuesday he would be looking to the NFL and coaches in bowl games to fill out the rest of his staff.

Stockstill, who has been coaching for 22 years, was hired last December when Holtz fired most of his assistants after back-to-back 5-7 seasons. He was at Clemson for 14 years.

Cooper has nine years of head coaching experience, and just completed his first season with the Gamecocks. He coached under Holtz at Notre Dame in 1991 and 1992.

Reaves was promoted following the 2003 season after serving two years as graduate assistant. He helped Cooper with the defensive backs this season.