South Carolina to hire new defensive line coach with ties to new Gamecock defensive coordinator
South Carolina is down to just one opening on Shane Beamer’s full-time Gamecock coaching staff as the program has landed its next defensive line coach.
While initially making the decision to retain Tracy Rocker from Will Muschamp’s staff, Rocker made the abrupt decision to leave South Carolina for Auburn (his alma mater) this week. That left the defensive line spot on the South Carolina coaching staff open.
It didn’t take very long for Beamer to find a coach with ties to the area and a history with new defensive coordinator Clayton White (formerly of Western Kentucky), as South Carolina is adding former Illinois defensive line coach, Jimmy Lindsey.
This news was first reported by Chris Clark of GamecockCentral.
Lindsey, a native of Cheraw, S.C., served just one season at Illinois before head coach Lovie Smith was dismissed by the program and replaced by Bret Bielema. Prior to landing at Illinois, Lindsey worked with White at Western Kentucky.
During his time at Western Kentucky, Lindsey coached 2019 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year DeAngelo Malone. Malone racked up 99 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown during his 2019 season.
Lindsey also has experience serving as Western Kentucky’s recruiting coordinator. South Carolina’s new defensive line coach also has experience coaching at Georgia Southern, Furman, UT-Martin, Miami (Ohio), Gardner-Webb and Chattanooga.
He is a graduate of Chattanooga, where he was a captain during his senior season.