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Gamecocks move quickly to replace coach swiped by Gators

Deke Adams

Earlier today, we noted that Florida had officially announced the hiring of long-time South Carolina assistant Brad Lawing.

A short time later, the Gamecocks released an announcement of their own, confirming that Deke Adams has been hired to replace Lawing.  Adams will take over as Steve Spurrier‘s defensive line coach.

“We are thrilled to have Deke Adams come in as our defensive line coach,” the OBC said in a statement. “Several of our coaches are very familiar with Deke, having coached with him previously. He has an excellent track record both as a player and as an assistant coach. He has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line, and in recruiting the state of North Carolina and other parts of the South. He and his family will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff.”

Adams was Larry Fedora‘s line coach for three seasons at Southern Miss, and followed Fedora to North Carolina in 2012.  Other than a one-year stint at Louisiana-Monroe, those four seasons are Adams’ only coaching experience at the FBS level.

“I’m excited about getting to Columbia and the opportunity to coach with Coach Spurrier and (defensive coordinator Lorenzo) Ward,” said Adams. “I’ve known about South Carolina for a long time and it’s a great opportunity for me and my family.”

(Photo credit: South Carolina athletics)

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5 Responses to “Gamecocks move quickly to replace coach swiped by Gators”
  1. ncsportsfan says: Jan 22, 2013 8:59 PM

    Caption should read:

    UNC loses d-line coach and needs to move quickly to solidify its coaching vacancy.

  2. thegamecocker says: Jan 23, 2013 8:09 AM


    Is UNC still offering those courses that all the student/ATHLETES take? You know, the ones where they sign their name get an “A” and stay eligible. That is the only way Lawrence Taylor ever made it through that school. Ethics and integrity are certainly not “core requirements” at UNC. Is UNC finally off probation? Keep it classy Heels.

  3. ncsportsfan says: Jan 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    Gamecocker……while your name automatically entitles you to be overlooked with any sort of intelligent answer I will try and make this simple. “A” professor, “A” class was handled improperly. I can only imagine what a full scale investigation would turn up at Lil Carolina involving academics….mostly likely very little, as there are very little academics across the board there.

  4. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 26, 2013 12:23 AM

    ehhhhh – I’m kinda thinking more along the lines of “UNC loses dignity and status; Carolina throws a lifeline to assistant coach.”

    I remember when “Carolina” was UNC during basketball season and USC during football and baseball seasons.

    No more. Nowadays “Carolina” means the University of South Carolina…unless you’re a social recluse holed up in the Smokey Mountains akin to a 1940’s era Japanese soldier on a deserted island.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jan 26, 2013 12:43 AM


    I think it was far more rampant including many former athletes, some very well known, who “matriculated” and cheated “earning” their degrees at UNC. If I’m correct much of had to do with your renown African-American Studies Dept. North Carolina, being such an “elite”
    state school, it’s totally embarrassing to have this happen. North Carolina Tarheels have been tarnished academically. The NCAA is still sniffing around Chapel Hill. Meanwhile The University of South Carolina has grown significantly, both academically and athletically. I might remind you Carolina has the #1 International School of Business. Now, go back under your rock.

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