Reports stated that Marcus Satterfield would be leaving the Gamecocks to join Matt Rhule at Nebraska

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer is poised to play a key role on his team.

Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield is set to join Nebraska coach Matt Rowley’s staff in Lincoln, ESPN’s Pete Temel and Chris Low reported separately Monday.

“Nebraska is close to hiring South Carolina OC Marcus Satterfield as the school’s new offensive coordinator,” Temel wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “South Carolina made a strong push to keep Satterfield, but his connections to Rhule and the opportunity to go to Nebraska won out.”

Law reported direct confirmation from Satterfield that he “accepted a job to go with Matt Rule as @employeeOC’s.” A school spokesperson said that actual confirmation of the departure—or hiring by Nebraska—would not come from the USC end.

However, Satterfield was not at the South Carolina football facility for team meetings Monday, a state athletics source said.

Satterfield’s move comes after No. 20-ranked South Carolina (8-4) finished the year with back-to-back Top 10 wins for the first time in program history with victories over No. 5 Tennessee and No. 8 Clemson. The Gamecocks scored 94 points in those wins, largely on the efforts of quarterback Spencer Rattler and offense.

Rhule and Satterfield’s relationship dates back to their time at Western Carolina in 2005. Satterfield has also worked with Rhule’s staff at Temple, Baylor, and the Carolina Panthers. The two remained close at that time. Rhule was scheduled to be officially introduced as Nebraska’s new head coach on Monday afternoon.

It was not immediately known who would lead the Gamecocks offense in the meantime and call plays in which South Carolina bow game would be decided.

A drug user after Saturday’s Clemson game called Satterfield a “fighter” and praised his efforts in winning the rivalry game.

“He’ll be the first to tell you we didn’t coach well enough in the Florida game, we didn’t coach well enough in the Missouri game,” Beamer said. “We knew what the issues were.”

Satterfield’s future at Columbia was uncertain at best before South Carolina’s offensive blowouts against Tennessee and Clemson, according to sources inside the program.

Satterfield was in the midst of a two-year contract that was set to expire on December 31. He was also one of only two on-field assistant coaches—along with offensive line coach Greg Adkins—who did not receive a raise from the university following last year’s 7-6 inaugural campaign.

Under the direction of Satterfield, South Carolina scored 21 points or less in six of its eight league games in 2021. It faced a first-half deficit of at least 17 points in games against Tennessee, Texas A&M, Georgia and Clemson. The Gamecocks were also shut out by the Tigers for the first time since 1989 in a 30-0 loss last year.

Trick play calls, such as a trick play pass by defensive lineman Jordan Burch on the Tennessee goal line that was intercepted last year, didn’t endear the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator either.

South Carolina was expected to make a move forward offensively in 2022. Up until the last two games, the team remained largely inconsistent despite talent pouring through the transfer gate.

Rattler, who came to Columbia as one of the most sought-after quarterback transfers in recent memory, has had his ups and downs this fall. His 11 interceptions are the most among SEC signal callers and average at least 15 tackles per game. He also threw for less than 250 yards in nine of the 12 pre-week games.

Rattler has had two of his best three Gamecock games in the past two weeks. He completed 54 of 75 passes (72%) for 792 yards, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions in wins over Tennessee and Clemson. He also racked up a career high 438 yards against the Vols.

Do-it-all tight end Jaheim Bell’s use also became a hot topic late in the season after he played just nine snaps and no touchdowns in a loss to Missouri—a game in which the Gamecocks turned in just 203 yards of total offense.

Beamer hired Satterfield after initially retaining Mike Bobo as South Carolina’s offensive coordinator. Beamer was forced into a rotation when Bobo accepted the offensive coordinator job under Auburn’s Brian Harsin. Bobo was fired after only one season on the plains.

Satterfield and Beamer also go back decades after working together as graduate assistants on Philip Fulmer’s staff at Tennessee in the early 2000s. Satterfield – a Tennessee native – played college ball at East Tennessee State and spent two years on the staff at UT-Chattanooga before landing on the Tennessee staff.

This story was originally published Nov 28, 2022 10:02 am.

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Ben Portnoy is the South Carolina State football hitting writer. He has been a five-time Associated Press Sports Editors’ Award honoree and has received recognition from the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy previously covered Mississippi State for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana football for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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