Coach had hinted about changes

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said
Tuesday he fired four assistant coaches last week.

Holtz said defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chris
Cosh, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, quarterbacks coach
Todd Fitch and defensive coach John Gutekunst would not return next

"The manner in which this season ended was unacceptable,"
Holtz said in a news release.

Three of the coaches were part of the original staff Holtz put
together after joining South Carolina in 1999.

The shakeup doesn't come as a surprise. On Sunday, Holtz said he
expected it.

"There will be changes after this year, I'm sure," Holtz said.
"I couldn't say what they are at the present time or anything else
along that line because I haven't made any decisions along that line.
But there's always coaching changes after a year like this."

Holtz said changes on the staff were necessary following a 5-7
season. The Gamecocks went from the Top 25 to giving up the most
points ever to Clemson in a 63-17 drubbing on Nov 22.

Holtz gave no timetable for hiring new assistants.

When contacted, several players said they were not aware of the
firings and that Holtz did not mention it at a team meeting Monday

Cosh, 44, just completed his first year as defensive coordinator
after taking for Charlie Strong, who left last year to take the same
position with the Florida Gators. Prior to taking over the duties as
defensive coordinator, Cosh was the coached the South Carolina
linebackers for four years.

What was an improvement defensively from Strong's system to Cosh's
quickly went downhill.

In USC's final six games, it allowed an average of 36 points and
463 yards per game as the Gamecocks finished 5-7 for the second
consecutive year.

Prior to joining USC, Cosh served one-year stints as defensive
coordinator at Michigan State under current LSU coach Nick Saban in
1998 and at Illinois under coach Lou Tepper in 1996.

DeGuglielmo, 35, and Fitch, 39, each served as assistant coaches
under Gamecocks offensive coordinator Skip Holtz during his tenure as
the head coach at Connecticut.

Fitch served as offensive coordinator and DeGuglielmo worked with
the offensive line for the Huskies.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.