COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is doing something he didn't want to do at the end of this season -- hiring a new assistant.
Gamecocks offensive line coach Eric Wolford left after just one year to become head coach at Youngstown State in his Ohio hometown.
Spurrier said Tuesday he told Wolford he didn't think it was the right decision. But he says the team has to move on.
Spurrier says he already has a stack of candidates, but is in no hurry to hire a new coach.
The Gamecocks had their first practice Tuesday for their Jan. 2 game against Connecticut in the Papajohns.com bowl in Birmingham, Ala.
Spurrier says he plans to spend some time getting more practice in for his younger players that are quickly making the core of the team.