Georgia State hires Muschamp assistant to head football program

The Georgia State Panthers have hired South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliot to be its new head football coach, USAToday is reporting.

Elliot, who just completed his seventh season at USC, was the last remaining member of the staff who had held his position under former coach Steve Spurrier, and had been the team’s interim head after his departure to end the 2015 season.

As South Carolina’s interim head coach, Elliot posted a 1-5 record before Will Muschamp took over the job to start the 2016 season.

A native of Camden, South Carolina, Elliot played defensive end at Appalachian State in the late 90’s and stayed on as a coach there until taking a job in Columbia in 2010 as the Gamecocks’ running game coordinator.

Elliot becomes just the third football head coach in Georgia State’s history, replacing Trent Mileswho was fired during the season after starting 2-8. He had posted an overall record of 9-38 in just under four seasons in Atlanta.

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