Source: South Carolina closing in on head-coaching hire

A decision by South Carolina’s football program this past week indicates the hiring of a new head coach should be finalized soon.

A source told FOXSports.com that Gamecocks assistant coaches were told to stop pursuing commitments from high school players. Such a move was done to keep scholarships open for recruits that the new head coach would want to pursue.

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South Carolina is seeking a replacement for Steve Spurrier, who quit last month midway through his 11th season at the school. As first reported by FOXSports.com, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was promoted to replace Spurrier on an interim basis.

The Gamecocks (3-6) hosted the University of Florida (8-1) in a Saturday afternoon game.