Kentucky adds former 49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello as OC

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky hired former San Francisco 49ers assistant Rich Scangarello as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach to replace Liam Coen, who returned to the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams as OC.

The 25-year coaching veteran at the collegiate and NFL levels spent 2021 as the 49ers’ QBs coach during their run to the NFC Championship game with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. Scangarello, 49, served the team in the same capacity in 2017-18. He joins fellow former San Francisco assistant Zach Yenser, who was hired last week as the Wildcats’ offensive line coach.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops called Scangarello one of the country’s best QB coaches and appreciated his interest in the position. Stoops added, “We have hired two coaches from one of the best organizations in all of sports. I couldn’t be more excited about where our program is headed.”

Scangarello said he was excited to coach at Kentucky and in the Southeastern Conference and said Stoops’ belief in a pro-style system “felt like the right opportunity for me and at the right time.”

Scangarello also was the Denver Broncos’ OC in 2019 and has also worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and then-Oakland Raiders. His 15 years of college experience include stops at Wagner College, Northern Arizona, Idaho and UC-Davis.

Coen left after one season with the Wildcats, who went 10-3 with a Citrus Bowl win last fall behind an improved and balanced offense (425.15 yards per game) that ranked eighth in the SEC.

Clemson gives raises, contract extensions to staff

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s board of trustees approved raises for special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive tackles coach Nick Eason.

Reed and Eason also received one-year extensions keeping them tied to the Tigers through Jan. 31, 2026.

Reed, who’s been with the Tigers since 2013, had his yearly salary increased $50,000 to $800,000. Eason, the former Clemson standout defensive lineman, joined the staff this past season. He also had his compensation upped by $50,000 to $800,000.

Seven other assistants were given one-year extensions by the trustees’ compensation committee, but without a raise in salary.

Co-defensive coordinators Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn had their contracts extended through Jan. 31, 2026.

Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall, tight ends coach Kyle Richardson, offensive line coach Thomas Austin, running backs coach C.J. Spiller and wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham all got one-year extensions through Jan. 31, 2025.

New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley last month received a three-year contract at $1.75 million per season.

Clemson will pay its 10 on-field assistants $7.475 million this season, an increase of $925,000 from the total for 2022.

The Tigers went 11-3 last season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

South Carolina’s Beamer suspends three freshmen from program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said freshmen Monteque Rhames II, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw were suspended from the football program.

There was no reason given for the suspensions in the school’s statement Friday. Online records showed Rhames, 18, was booked last night and was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.

“Our student-athletes know what is expected of them,” Beamer said. “They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”

None of the three have played for the Gamecocks.

Rose is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Miami who enrolled in January 2022 and redshirted this season. Rhames and Upshaw were part of South Carolina’s latest recruiting class and enrolled last month.

Rhames is a 6-5, 235-pound defensive lineman from Sumter and Upshaw is a 6-2, 193-pound safety from Perry, Florida.