USC completes staff with RBs coach hire

jkendall@thestate.comJanuary 16, 2012 

Everette Sands

Steve Spurrier completed his coaching staff Monday with the hiring of Everette Sands, a name that will bring back bad memories for some South Carolina fans.

Sands, a Conway native who was hired to be the Gamecocks’ new running backs coach, rushed 20 times for 105 yards when The Citadel beat the Gamecocks 38-35 in 1990. He went on to become one of the Bulldogs’ best running backs, being named a four-time All-Southern Conference selection. He was named a second-team All-American in 1992 after rushing for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns and helping The Citadel finish No. 1 in Division I-AA.

Sands, a 1993 graduate of The Citadel and 16-year coaching veteran, coached running backs at North Carolina State in 2011. He was on the staff of The Citadel twice, including from 2005-2010. Sands also coached at Ohio University. In his lone season at North Carolina State, his backs logged four individual 100-plus yard games for the first time since 2007.

"He will do an outstanding job with our running backs," Spurrier said a statement released by the school.

Sands becomes Spurrier’s third hire in a week. Last week, he announced the hiring of special teams coordinator Joe Robinson and linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. Sands also will have duties on special teams.

Sands recruited South Carolina for the Wolfpack last season.

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