South Carolina announced the hiring of a pair of current SEC assistants to its staff, adding Bryan McClendon and Pat Washington to Will Muschamp's roster Wednesday afternoon.
McClendon, who will serve as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. comes from Georgia, where he served under Mark Richt's staff as running backs coach from 2009-2014 until transitioning to coaching wide receivers in 2015. He was named interim head coach after Georgia decided to part ways with Richt (who was hired to replace Al Golden at Miami) and will still coach UGA through bowl practices and in the Tax Slayer Bowl versus Penn State on January 2nd. McClendon's father, Willie, was a running back with the Chicago Bears from 1979-1982. The younger McClendon also served as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator during his tenure in Athens, helping put together back-to-back top 10 classes in 2014 and 2015.
Pat Washington, who will coach tight ends, leaves Missouri, where he has coached receivers for the Tigers since 2013 under Gary Pinkel. Prior to his stint at Missouri, Washington has coached at Kentucky (2012), Southern Miss (2009-2010), and Mississippi State (2007-2008). His most successful stint came at Tennessee(1995-2005) where he was the wide receivers coach on the 1998 National Championship team and guided Fiesta Bowl co-MVP Peerless Price to a season in which he hauled in ten touchdowns.