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COLUMBIA – Thomas Brown has been hired as the running backs coach at the University of South Carolina, head football coach Will Muschamp announced Wednesday.

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“Thomas is an accomplished running backs coach who has done a great job at multiple spots, including Wisconsin, Georgia and Miami,” Muschamp said. “He’s an outstanding young football coach, having been a coordinator at Miami, and is an outstanding recruiter. We are excited to have him part of the Gamecock family.”

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Brown has spent the past three seasons as the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach under head coach Mark Richt. This past season, the Canes rushed for 2,489 yards, an average of 5.2 yards per carry and 191.5 per game, while scoring 25 rushing touchdowns.

Brown spent the 2015 campaign on Richt’s staff at Georgia, where he coached the Bulldog running backs. During Brown’s stint in Athens, Georgia rushed for 2,513 yards (194.3 yards per game), including 1,076 yards by Sony Michel.

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“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Brown said. “I have great respect for Coach Muschamp -- I’ve known him for a long time. Obviously, I’ve been around Coach (Bryan) McClendon. We played together at Georgia and worked together for a year at Georgia, and always talked about having the opportunity to get back on the same side together. This is a great place and I’m looking forward to it.”

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