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South Carolina adds running backs coach Thomas Brown to staff

The Gamecocks make their first move of the offseason.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks added a new face to their coaching staff on Wednesday, bringing in Thomas Brown to oversee the running backs.

Brown was most recently Miami’s offensive coordinator and running backs coach under Mark Richt, where he directed the Hurricanes to 2,489 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this past season. Previously, he was with Richt at Georgia, where he coached the likes of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Prior to that stint, he coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon while at Wisconsin, which all together makes for a pretty impressive resume.

Speaking of Georgia, Brown is yet another former Bulldog to join the fold at South Carolina, as he played with offensive coordinator and fellow alum Bryan McClendon.

With the hire, former running backs coach Bobby Bentley will transition to coaching the Gamecocks’ tight ends.

From a logistical and recruiting perspective, this looks like a great fit for South Carolina, which has been in desperate need of both consistency and talent in the backfield. Given Bentley’s acumen with passing attacks, he’s probably better served with more involvement in that area of the offense, too. I’d say this is a win all around.