All of South Carolina's coaching vacancies have finally been filled.
Monday, coach Steve Spurrier named Everette Sands the Gamecocks' running back coach. He became the third hire by South Carolina in the last week, joining new special teams coordinator Joe Robinson and linebackers coach Kirk Botkin.
“We are pleased to announce Everette Sands as our running backs coach,” Spurrier said. He’s from Conway, was a running back at The Citadel and has been in coaching for several years. He will do an outstanding job with our running backs. He will also assist coach Robinson with our special teams, as will several of the other coaches.”
Sands spent 2011 coaching NC State's running backs. In his lone season at NC State, Wolfpack running backs logged four individual 100-plus-yard performances for the first time since 2007. NC State averaged 104.85 yards per game on the ground in 2011.
The Conway, S.C., native is also very familiar with coaching in the state of South Carolina, working at The Citadel twice. He was there from 1999-2000 and again from 2005-10. During his second stint, he coached three running backs who were named to the Southern Conference All-freshman team and had one break the school’s single-season and single-game records for touchdowns.
Sands graduated from The Citadel in 1993, after earning four letters as a running back for the Bulldogs, collecting All-Southern Conference honors in all four years. He ranks second all-time in school history with 3,926 rushing yards and with 204 points and 34 touchdowns.
Now, Sands has the job of working with Marcus Lattimore. Happy probably doesn't begin to describe Sands' feelings about that.