Ex-S. Miss assistant completes South Carolina coaching staff


Southern Miss hired its new head coach, Ellis Johnson, from South Carolina; it seems only appropriate in a Head Ball Coach kind of way that the Gamecocks complete a USCe-USM swap by taking an assistant from the Golden Eagles.

South Carolina announced today that USM cornerbacks coach Grady Brown would be joining the Gamecocks’ staff as secondary coach and assistant special teams coordinator.

Okay, it’s not quite an eye for an eye. Still, we think Urban Meyer would approve.

“We’re pleased to announce the hiring of Grady Brown, a sharp, young defensive secondary coach who has had much success the last three years at Southern Miss,” Steve Spurrier said in a statement. “He will also assist Joe Robinson with the special teams. He and Joe were together at LSU and know each other well. He will fit in extremely well here and be an excellent addition to our staff.”

Brown spent the past two seasons on USM”s staff under current North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and was retained when Johnson was hired. Southern Miss finished last season No. 7 nationally in pass efficiency defense and set a NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with eight. In total, the Golden Eagle defense finished the 2011 season as a Top-30 defense on their way to a Conference USA title and Hawaii Bowl win.

Brown was previously in strength and conditioning at LSU before taking over the CB’s at USM. He replaces safeties Jeep Hunter, who was not retained.

(Photo courtesy of USM Athletics)