Florida approached Elliott about job

February 13, 2012 

Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott during the South Carolina football practice Thursday morning.

TIM DOMINICK — The State

South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was approached by the University of Florida last week about a job that wasn’t even open at that point, a source told The State.

Elliott, who received a raise from $185,000 to $300,000 last week, told The State he did not have an offer to join the Gators. Florida discussed an offer of significantly more money, a source said.

Elliott, who has coached at South Carolina for two seasons after spending 13 years at Appalachian State, is from Camden.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier has credited Elliott with improving South Carolina’s running game by installing the zone read option. Elliott is also the Gamecocks’ run-game coordinator.

The Gators have not announced a coaching change on their staff but two websites reported today that current offensive line coach Frank Verducci will be replaced by Utah offensive line coach Tim Davis.

Florida spokesman Steve McClain said Gators head coach Will Muschamp never spoke to Elliott.

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