South Carolina football: Gamecocks adding Des Kitchings to staff
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BOT meeting set, Des Kitchings joining South Carolina football staff

Long-time N.C. State assistant Des Kitchings is set to join the South Carolina football staff as running backs coach, Gamecock Central has learned.

The university's Board of Trustees is scheduled to approve an athletics employment agreement for Kitchings on Friday morning.

A native of Wagener, S.C. and Furman graduate, Kitchings spent the last eight seasons at N.C. State in a number of roles.

Kitchings joins the Gamecocks staff after wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon left earlier this month to join the staff at Oregon.

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South Carolina football will add Des Kitchings to its staff on Friday.
South Carolina football will add Des Kitchings to its staff on Friday. (AP Images)

Kitchings joined the N.C. State staff as running backs and tight ends coach under then-head coach Tom O'Brien in 2012 and was retained by Dave Doeren to coach running backs the next season.

In 2014, Kitchings added the recruiting coordinator title and by 2016 he added the assistant head coach title before being named co-offensive coordinator in 2019. He was not retained this offseason when N.C. State moved on from almost its entire offensive staff.

A productive recruiter with strong North Carolina ties, Kitchings produced three-straight1,000-yard rushers from 2016-18 (Matthew Dayes, Nyheim Hines and Reggie Gallaspy, Jr.).

Prior to his time at N.C. State, Kitchings spent a season at Air Force and three years at Vanderbilt where he helped develop running backs Warren Norman and Zac Stacy.

Kitchings is the youngest inductee into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Furman where he ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in receptions and returns.