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South Carolina shoots assistant and plays caller Roper

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) South Carolina fired the assistant coach who called his offensive plays.

Coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Wednesday that he decided after much deliberation to dismiss offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and go to another address.

The other coordinator of the Gamecocks offense, wide receiver Bryan McClendon, will call plays in the Outback Bowl on January 1 against Michigan. Muschamp says he will decide how to replace Roper permanently after that.

South Carolina was the last in the Southeast Conference with 347 yards of total offense per game at Muschamp and Roper's first season in 2016.

They improved to 12th this season although they won 7 yards less per game.

Roper and Muschamp worked together in 2014 in Florida and were fired before the end of that season.

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