Sean Duggan might have some competition for “Most Bro’ Coach Injury Ever.”
Last season, the then-Hawaii linebackers coach sustained a dislocated elbow and broken wrist when he chest-bumped a 6-7, 300-plus-pound Rainbow Warriors offensive lineman following a blocked field goal. In Week 2, Shawn Elliott may have trumped him.
Early in the first quarter of what turned out to be a 41-7 loss to NC State, running back Destin Coats scored on an eight-yard touchdown run to give Georgia State a short-lived 7-0 lead. So excited over the early score on the Power Five school, Elliott busted out what h described as an “aggressive fist bump” — one that ended up tearing his right biceps tendon.
As a result, the head coach will be forced to undergo surgery at some point next week to repair the damage.
It’s unclear what if any impact the surgery will have on Elliott’s availability for the Week 4 non-conference matchup with Western Michigan.
Elliott, who served as South Carolina’s interim head coach following Steve Spurrier‘s abrupt midseason retirement in 2015, is in his second season at GSU. The 7-5 record in his first season marked the football program’s best mark since it moved to the FBS level for the 2013 season.
The Panthers have started off Elliott’s second season in Atlanta at 1-1.