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South Carolina football: Marcus Satterfield to Nebraska?

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South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer is looking to play a large complement to his staff.

Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield will join Lincoln’s Nebraska head coach Matt Rule’s staff, according to a separate report Monday by ESPN’s Pete Sammel and Chris Law.

“Nebraska is about to hire OC Marcus Satterfield of South Carolina as the school’s new offensive coordinator,” Tamer wrote on Twitter Monday morning. but the connection with Luhle and the opportunity to go to Nebraska won out.”

Low reported direct confirmation from Satterfield stating: @HuskerFBNationOC. No actual confirmation of departure, or employment by Nebraska, will come from the USC side, a school spokesperson told the state.

However, Satterfield was not at the South Carolina football facility for Monday’s team meeting, track and field officials told the state.

Satterfield’s move comes after No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) beat No. 5 Tennessee and No. 8 Clemson to become the first team in program history to win back-to-back Top 10 titles after a year. The Gamecocks scored his 94 points in those wins, largely due to his Spencer Rattler and offensive efforts at quarterback.

Rhule and Satterfield’s relationship dates back to 2005, when they were at West Carolina University. Satterfield has also worked for the Temple, Baylor and Carolina Panthers on the staff of Rule. During that time, the two maintained a close relationship. Ruhl was scheduled to be formally introduced as Nebraska’s new coach on Monday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear who would lead the Gamecock offense in the interim and call play for South Carolina’s decided bowl game.

After Saturday’s game against Clemson, Beamer called Satterfield a “fighter” and praised his efforts to win the rivalry game.

“He’s going to be the first person to tell you that he didn’t coach enough in the Florida game, he didn’t coach enough in the Missouri game,” Beamer said. I knew what it was.”

According to sources within the program, Satterfield’s future at Columbia was uncertain at best before South Carolina’s offensive outbursts against Tennessee and Clemson.

Satterfield was in the middle of a two-year contract expiring on 31 December. He was also one of his two on-field assistants his coaches, alongside offensive line coach Greg Adkins. His 7-6 campaign for the first time last year.

Under the guidance of Satterfield, South Carolina has scored 21 points or less in six of its eight league games in 2021. In games against Tennessee, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Clemson, he faced at least a 17-point deficit at halftime. The Gamecocks were also shut out by the Tigers for the first time since 1989 in his 30–0 loss last year.

Like defensive lineman Jordan Burch’s trick-play pass on the Tennessee goal line that was intercepted last year, the head scratch play call didn’t exactly endear the offensive coordinator to Gamecocks followers.

South Carolina was expected to take a step forward aggressively in 2022. Until his last two games, the team remained largely inconsistent despite an influx of talent via transfer portals.

Coming to Columbia in one of the most popular quarterback transfers in recent memory, Rattler has had his ups and downs this fall. His 11 interceptions are the most of any SEC signal his caller averaging 15 or more passes per game. He also threw for less than 250 yards in 9 of 12 games heading into the week.

Rattler has two of his three best games as Gamecock in the last two weeks. Against Tennessee and Clemson, he passed 54 of 75 (72%) for 792 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. His 438 yards against the Vols also set a career-high.

The use of all-around tight end Jaheim Bell also became a hot topic towards the end of the season. Only after he played nine snaps and no touches against Missouri.

The Beamers hired Satterfield after initially retaining Mike Bobo as South Carolina’s offensive coordinator. The Beamers were forced to pivot when Bobo accepted the offensive coordinator job under Auburn’s Brian Hershin. Bobo was fired after just one season with the Plains.

Satterfield and Beamer go back decades, having worked together as graduate assistants on Philip Fulmer’s staff at the University of Tennessee in the early 2000s. A Tennessee native, Satterfield played college ball in East Tennessee and spent two years on the UT-Chattanooga staff before becoming a Tennessee staff member.

This story was originally published November 28, 2022 at 10:02 am.

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Ben Portnoy is a football beat writer for the state’s South Carolina Gamecocks. He has won his Associated Press Sports Editor Award five times and is recognized by the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy has previously covered Mississippi for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana for his Gazette in Fort’s Journal. Wayne, Indiana.

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