COLUMBIA — Will Muschamp isn’t the only coach moving to South Carolina from Auburn.
Travaris Robinson, most recently Auburn’s defensive backs coach, announced Tuesday morning in a Twitter post that he had joined the staff of Muschamp, South Carolina’s new head coach. Robinson also changed his Twitter bio to reflect that he is now defensive coordinator at USC.
And Bobby Bentley, who worked as an offensive analyst on Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn, announced via Twitter that he is now South Carolina’s running backs coach. Bentley also posted a photo of he and Robinson standing next to USC’s airplane.
Muschamp served most recently as Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Malzahn confirmed the departures to reporters in Auburn, telling the Alabama Media Group that Robinson and Bentley are “no longer with us, put it that way.”
Robinson played at Auburn under Tommy Tuberville, but has worked with Muschamp since the latter was head coach at Florida. Although he’s coached the secondary at four different schools, Robinson will working as a coordinator for the first time.
Bentley returns to South Carolina, where he won four state titles in a very successful stretch as the head coach at Byrnes High School, and also briefly worked as head coach at Presbyterian. His son Jake is also a highly rated high school quarterback.
According to USC’s outgoing coaches, Shawn Elliott will be the lone Steve Spurrier assistant to be retained. It remains unknown what role Elliott — who acted as offensive line coach before assuming the interim head coaching position after Spurrier’s resignation — might play on the new staff. Muschamp is also expected to add former USC assistant and Citadel head coach Ellis Johnson in some role.
When he was introduced as head coach Monday, Muschamp declined to go into detail about his prospective staff. In addition to Robinson and Bentley, he is believed to be pursuing as offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, an offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns who was Muschamp’s offensive coordinator in his final season at Florida.
Former Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw, who is now with the Browns, called Roper “one of the best I’ve been around” in a post on Twitter. He added that “those guys (at USC) will love him. Has been huge for me here in (Cleveland). Great offensive mind!”