COLUMBIA -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier filled the fourth and final vacancy on his nine-man staff Friday when he announced the hiring of Grady Brown as secondary coach and assistant special teams coordinator. He replaces safeties coach Jeep Hunter, who was fired.
Newly promoted defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will still oversee the secondary, as he did last season. Brown will assist him.
"There will be times where coach Ward will maybe hang around the linebackers and D-line a little bit during practice and leave the (new) secondary coach with the defensive backs," Spurrier said Wednesday. "As the coordinator, he needs to move around a little bit."
Brown, 34, spent the past two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Southern Mississippi. Last season, Southern Miss set the NCAA record with eight interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Coincidentally, USC lost defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson to Southern Miss after the season, when he became the Golden Eagles' head coach. Johnson announced last month that he would retain Brown from Larry Fedora's staff, so Brown wasn't out of work.
Before Brown worked at Southern Miss, he spent a year and a half working in the strength and conditioning program at LSU. He knows USC's new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, Joe Robinson, from LSU. Robinson coordinated the Tigers' special teams from 2008-10.
Brown previously was the safeties coach and community outreach liaison at Texas Southern, the secondary coach at Alabama State and an assistant at Alabama A&M, his alma mater.
"I'm excited to work with Lorenzo Ward, someone I've known since I was 17," Brown said in USC's announcement. "It should be a smooth transition and a blessed opportunity for me to work with someone I've known for such a long time."
In addition to Brown and Robinson, USC's other new coaches are former Citadel star Everette Sands (running backs) and Kirk Botkin (linebackers). Spurrier had two new two assistants in 2008, five in 2009, one in 2010, and one in 2011.