It's not often someone turns down the Alabama Crimson Tide but that's exactly what happened today when South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott withdrew his name from consideration for a coaching position at Alabama.
Coach Elliott released this statement today:
“It was a great honor to be considered for a coaching position at the University of Alabama, but I feel it’s in the best interest of me and my family to remain at South Carolina. We’ve had a lot of success here over the past three years and I’m committed to being part of that continued success for many years. I’m proud to be a Gamecock.”
Elliott has been a name that has seen it's fair share of interest in recent years as he's been linked to openings at Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Florida, Pittsburgh Steelers and now Alabama.
The Gamecocks' offensive line coach also serves as Run Game Coordinator and Co-Offensive Coordinator with wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Junior. Elliott received a sizeable increase lately from South Carolina seeing his salary jump from around $180,000 to his current salary of $300,000 that he has today.
Elliott is in line for a pay raise according to South Carolina's head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier did say they wouldn't be huge increases but would see a raise along with a renewed two-year contract deal.
Coach Spurrier is not one to like for an assistant coach to interview for lateral positions, which is what Elliott was doing with the Alabama opening. The Crimson Tide were looking for another offensive line coach after Jeff Stoutland took a position with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Spurrier told The State's Josh Kendall that he didn't like Elliott interviewing for the lateral position and that it was something that wasn't going to linger on. This is why you saw a pretty quick announcement with Elliott staying at South Carolina early Friday afternoon.
The Gamecocks are fortunate to keep their young offensive line coach who is drawing rave reviews in the recruiting circles the last few years. The Camden, SC native has increased his prominence in the recruiting game and recently brought in five highly touted offensive line in the class of 2013.
South Carolina's offensive line has been a work in progress the last few years under Elliott but with his increased talent level and his engaging coaching style, this will likely be an area of strength real soon for the Gamecocks.
A great day for the Gamecocks that almost went the other way.