Will Muschamp is making some staff changes heading into Year 4 at South Carolina.
Tight ends coach Pat Washington has been let go from his position. Bobby Bentley, who has served as running backs coach the past three seasons, will now be coaching the tight ends. Taking Bentley’s spot as the running backs coach will be Thomas Brown, a hire made official Wednesday.
“Thomas is an accomplished running backs coach who has done a great job at multiple spots, including Wisconsin, Georgia and Miami,” coach Will Muschamp said in a release. “He’s an outstanding young football coach, having been a coordinator at Miami, and is an outstanding recruiter. We are excited to have him part of the Gamecock family.”
Under Mark Richt at Miami, Brown was offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He was not retained by Manny Diaz after Richt stepped down to retire from coaching. Brown and Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon were teammates at Georgia and both served on Richt’s UGA staff in 2015. Before Georgia, he had coached at Chattanooga (2012), Marshall (2013) and Wisconsin (2014).
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Brown said. “I have great respect for Coach Muschamp – I’ve known him for a long time. Obviously, I’ve been around Coach (Bryan) McClendon. We played together at Georgia and worked together for a year at Georgia, and always talked about having the opportunity to get back on the same side together. This is a great place and I’m looking forward to it.”
In 2018, Miami rushed for 2,489 yards, an average of 5.2 yards per carry and 191.5 per game. South Carolina rushed for 1,986 yards at a rate of 152.8 yards per game.