Shawn Elliott has accepted the vacant head coaching job at Georgia State. The news was first reported by John Whittle at The Big Spur. Elliott was a member of the South Carolina staff since 2010, when he came on board as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach. From 2012-2015, he stepped into the co-offensive coordinator role while maintaining his role as o-line coach; when Steve Spurrier resigned midway through the season, he became interim coach for the final six games, going 1-5. He was retained by Will Muschamp and focused solely on the offensive line this season.
Elliott’s coaching career started at his alma mater, Appalachian State, when he joined the legendary Jerry Moore’s staff as a defensive assistant in 1997. He rose through the ranks to tight ends coach before being named offensive line coach in 2001. Elliott helped helm a team that won three straight Division 1-AA (now FCS) national championships from 2005-07.
The Gamecocks now begin their search for a new offensive line coach, which should come into focus soon. It’s not clear who will coach the offensive line during the Birmingham Bowl in a few weeks.