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USC officially announces Bobo as new offensive coordinator

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COLUMBIA -- Mike Bobo was announced as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of South Carolina on Tuesday in hopes of lighting a fire in the program's offense.

Bobo has agreed to a 2-year contract, which was approved by the University's Board of Trustees.

"I'm excited to bring Mike on board," said Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp in a statement released by the school. "He is a proven and respected play caller and quarterbacks coach, who I have faced many times over the years. Over the last 13 years, his offenses have averaged over 31 points and 424 yards per game while converting over 43 percent on third down. He also has a long relationship with both (running backs coach) Thomas Brown and (wide receivers coach) Bryan McClendon, so it will be a smooth transition for our offensive staff."

Bobo is taking over the OC role from McClendon, who was demoted from the spot following USC's 4-8 season. McClendon played for and coached with Bobo at Georgia, while Brown coached with Bobo.

Muschamp and Bobo were teammates at UGA in the 1993-94 seasons.

Bobo will be charged with perking up a South Carolina offense that finished 96th nationally and 11th in the Southeastern Conference with 371 yards of total offense a game.

Bobo resigned his post as the head coach at Colorado State last week after five years at the school. He went 28-35.

Before going to Colorado State, Bobo spent 16 seasons coaching, including the last eight (2007-14) as offensive coordinator.

Bentley heading to Utah

COLUMBIA - Ex-South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley says he's headed to Utah for his final college season as a graduate transfer

The 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound Bentley said on social media on Monday he has committed to the Utes. He will graduate from South Carolina this week, meaning he will be able to play in the 2020 season.

Bentley was a 3-year starter for the Gamecocks and was expected to finish his career with the team this past season. However, he sustained a foot injury in the team's season-opening 24-20 loss to North Carolina that led to season-ending surgery.

Bentley started 33 games for South Carolina, throwing for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.

He said in his post he was excited for his next step and that he "can't wait to be part of the Utah family!"

Utah is losing senior starting quarterback Tyler Huntley from this year's 11-2 team, which is ranked No. 12 and played for the Pac 12 Conference title last week.

Kinlaw first team All-SEC

COLUMBIA -- USC senior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was named first- team All-Southeastern Conference by the league's 14 coaches on Tuesday.

Kinlaw, a 6-foot-6-inch, 310-pounder had 35 tackles and six quarterback sacks to go with four hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.

Wide receiver Bryan Edwards was named to the second team. Edwards led the SEC with 7.1 receptions per game and ranked fourth with 81.6 receiving yards per game. He owns the school records for consecutive games with a catch (48), career receptions (234) and career receiving yards (3,045).

On Monday, Kinlaw was named to The Associated Press All-SEC second team along with senior defensive end D.J. Wonnum and sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu.