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Ex-Carolina Aide Encourages USM Aide To Join Spurrier’s Staff

During the 2011 football season, Steve Spurrier raised eyebrows with occasional digs at his defense.  The rumor mill began to spin.  Spurrier and Ellis Johnson — Carolina’s de facto defensive coordinator — were no longer seeing eye to eye.

When Johnson left his home state of South Carolina to take over as head coach at Southern Miss, some took it as a sign that there really had been a growing gulf between the Cock’s top two coaches.

But the words of Carolina’s new secondary coach — former USM and Johnson assistant Grady Brown — suggest otherwise:

“(Johnson) was really good about me coming here.  He had nothing but good things to say about his time spent here in Columbia.  He actually encouraged me to take advantage of this opportunity.  He told me about how Coach Spurrier was a great coach to work for and this town is a great town.

He hated to see me go, obviously, but he had nothing but good things to say about South Carolina and really encouraged me to take advantage of this opportunity.  I’m definitely happy and pleased with how he handled it.  We have a great relationship.  He thinks a lot of South Carolina.”

Johnson had decided to hang onto Brown, convincing him to return to Hattiesburg rather than depart for North Carolina with Larry Fedora.  Impressive then that he would encourage Brown to follow up on the opportunity presented by Spurrier and the Gamecock program.

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