Will Muschamp isn’t the only assistant that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has to replace.
South Carolina officially announced Travaris Robinson and Bobby Bentley as members of Muschamp’s coaching staff Tuesday.
Robinson will be the Gamecocks’ defensive coordinator while Bently will coach the team’s running backs. The assistants’ shared their excitement on social media about their new positions.
“Day 1 with Trob & #mUSChamp on a mission for the great state of #SC #GoCocks,” Bentley tweeted out with a picture of him and Robinson boarding a plane.
Robinson tweeted a picture of South Carolina’s logo along with a simple statement.
“Excited to be a Gamecock! Let’s go! #Gamecocks”
South Carolina’s new defensive coordinator spent the past five seasons as Muchamp’s defensive backs coach. He started his career as a staff and graduate assistant during Muschamp’s first tenure (2006-07) at Auburn. The coach is highly regarded as a recruiter.
“I look forward to Travaris leading our defense,” Muschamp said in a statement. “I’ve worked with him since 2006. He understands our schemes and systems and what we want to accomplish on defense.”
Bently returns home to South Carolina where he won four state titles as a coach at James F. Byrnes High School. He was an offensive analyst at Auburn for coach Malzahn the past two seasons.
His son Jack is a junior 4-star quarterback prospect at Opelika High School and holds an offer from Auburn.
“We look forward to having Bobby back in the state of South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “He is a legendary high school coach in South Carolina who won multiple state titles. He will represent our University in a first-class manner.”
The State newspaper’s South Carolina beat writer reported that former Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is also set to join Muschamp’s coaching staff in an unspecified role.
Johnson spent two seasons (2013-14) at Auburn as the program’s defensive coordinator for Malzahn. Malzahn fired Johnson the day after a 55-44 loss in the regular season finale to Alabama.
The 2014 Iron Bowl was the culmination of particularly tough stretch for Auburn’s defense. The Tigers lost four of their last five games giving up an average of 41 points in the losses.