Wolford Leaves For South Carolina

Two-year Illinois offensive line coach Eric Wolford has accepted an offer to become offensive line coach for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. That is the word out of Columbia today. Wolford was credited with creating a top offensive line during the 2007 Rose Bowl season for Illinois, but his line struggled with injuries this season.

Illinois line coach and run game coordinator Eric Wolford appears set on South Carolina. He is close friends with Steve Spurrier, Jr., and the two families vacation together. He has been unavailable for comment, but his move to South Carolina is said to be a done deal by multiple sources.

Wolford's 2007 line helped pave the way for Rashard Mendenhall to have an All-American season. Overall, the Illini broke their all-time season rushing totals in Wolford's first season. His line also broke a record by giving up just 16 sacks on the year. And he is credited with recruiting several outstanding players, especially in the state of Ohio.

Wolford coached at Arizona for three years prior to his move to Champaign. He also coached one year at North Texas, three at Houston, three at South Florida, and two at Emporia State.

The native of Youngstown, Ohio, was a 1994 graduate of Kansas State University. He was a four year offensive line starter for Bill Snyder and was integral to their resurgence. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.

"Wolfie" leaves behind a young offensive line that struggled this past season with injuries. The four offensive line commitments scheduled to sign with Illinois in February all chose the Illini in part because of Coach Wolford. It remains to be seen whether his parting will effect their choice of schools.

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