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Former South Carolina assistant Bobby Bentley joins USF football staff

Bentley coached tight ends, running backs during his five seasons on Will Muschamp’s staff.
New USF receivers coach/pass-game coordinator Bobby Bentley observes the Bulls' spring game at Raymond James Stadium in March.
New USF receivers coach/pass-game coordinator Bobby Bentley observes the Bulls' spring game at Raymond James Stadium in March. [ MARY HOLT | USF Athletics ]
Published Jul. 1

USF has announced former South Carolina offensive assistant Bobby Bentley, who also won four consecutive state titles as a South Carolina high school coach, has been added to Jeff Scott’s staff.

The father of former Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley, the elder Bentley, 52, will serve as receivers coach and pass-game coordinator. He’s among four new assistants on Scott’s 10-member coaching staff, joining Ernie Sims (linebackers), George Barlow (cornerbacks) and Cam Aiken (running backs).

Scott also hired A.J. Artis from Tennessee to replace Trumain Carroll (now at Kansas State) as strength and conditioning coach.

“I have known Bobby for a long time,” Scott said in a statement released by USF, “and he is a great fit for the culture we are building and the players we are developing at USF.”

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Bentley amassed a 119-54 record in 13 total seasons (1995-2006, 2013) as coach at James F. Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., leading the Rebels to AAAA Division II state titles from 2002-2005. Between stints, he posted a 10-13 record in two seasons at Division II Presbyterian College (his alma mater) and served as athletic director for a Spartanburg (S.C). school district.

He spent the last five seasons on Will Muschamp’s staff at South Carolina, coaching running backs before moving to tight ends, and was named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals for the 2019 class. His son was the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback for parts of three of those seasons, leading the 2017 USC team to a 9-4 record and Outback Bowl triumph against Michigan.

Prior to arriving in Columbia, Bentley spent two seasons (2014-2015) on Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn as an offensive analyst.

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