Report: Bryan McClendon expected to leave South Carolina
It appears Bryan McClendon may be leaving the South Carolina program following the Outback Bowl.
McClendon has served as the WRs coach on Will Muschamp’s staff since 2016, but he was given the opportunity to lead the offense and call plays during the Gamecocks bowl appearance following this season. Muschamp referred to the arrangement as a sort of extended job interview, but reports are pointing towards McClendon leaving South Carolina.
The Gamecocks offense stumbled out of the gate during the bowl game and managed just three points headed into halftime, but the team came alive and turned things around after the half. South Carolina would erase a 19-3 deficit and go on to take down Michigan in the Outback Bowl by a final score of 26-19.
Gridiron Now contributor and Tennessee sports radio host Jimmy Hyams shared the report that McClendon is likely not accepting the WRs coach position on Jeremy Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee but is expected to leave the Gamecocks:
It doesn't appear as though South Carolina assistant Bryan McClendon, who called SC plays during bowl game, will join UT as WR coach, according to a source. McClendon is expected to leave SC staff. I'm unsure where UT turns for WR coach, the only spot left on Jeremy Pruitt staff.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) January 3, 2018
It was not initially reported why or where McClendon is going. While nothing official has been announced at this time, it looks like he will be moving on.