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Elliott leaving for head coaching position

Shawn Elliott is headed to Atlanta become the new head coach at Georgia State University.
Chris Gillespie, Gamecock Central

USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will be departing Columbia to take the head coaching position at Georgia State, GamecockCentral.com has learned.

He is expected to be introduced by the school on Thursday or Friday.

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Elliott, who spent seven seasons on the field in Columbia, was hired to the position by GSU athletics director Charlie Cobb, who was the AD at Appalachian State when Elliott was on staff in Boone.

The Camden native spent 11 seasons as an on-field assistant at Appalachian State under former head coach Jerry Moore, first as a tight ends coach and then as the offensive line coach for his final nine seasons. He was hired by Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier to take over South Carolina's offensive line in advance of the 2010 season.

Elliott had several titles in Columbia; he served as the run game coordinator in 2010 and 2011, was titled the co-offensive coordinator beginning in 2012, and was USC's interim head coach last season for six games after Spurrier stepped down.

It's expected that some familiar names with recent ties to the South Carolina football program could join Elliott at Georgia State.

Elliott was the only on-field assistant retained by South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp after he was hired as the Gamecocks' head coach in December 2015.