UPDATED: Elliott To Georgia State (2016-12-08 17:07:59)

COLUMBIA, SC - CBS Sports is reporting that former Appalachian State University assistant coach Shawn Elliott has emerged as a serious candidate for the Georgia State head-coaching job.

Elliott is in his seventh season in Columbia as the Gamecocks’ offensive line coach. He was the only member of Steve Spurrier’s coaching staff retained by Will Muschamp for the 2016 season.  Elliott was a leading candidate and had been mentioned in early November 2015 as a potential replacement for Trent Miles until the Panthers four game win streak propelled him to a bowl. GSU AD Charlie Cobb and Elliott are friends and have worked together at Appalachian State where Shawn was a player and an assistant coach.

An official announcement by Georgia State is expected on Friday and according to our contacts at GSU a contract has yet to be finalized. Athletic Director Charlie Cobb had been very open about his hiring rate and assistant salary pool. We have also been told that members of the current staff could be considered to stay on in some capacity (according to the Panther Talk website).

The Camden, S.C. native originally joined the football staff on January 3, 2010. In addition to his duties with the offensive line, he served as the running game coordinator in 2010 and ‘11 and was given the title of co-offensive coordinator in 2012. When Coach Spurrier stepped down midway through the 2015 campaign, Elliott was named the interim head coach and posted a 1-5 ledger.

The Gamecock offense has thrived in most years since Elliott joined the staff. The 2014 unit scored nearly 33 points per game while racking up over 440 yards of offense per contest. Senior offensive guard A.J. Cann garnered both All-SEC and All-America accolades in the process.

Prior to his arrival in Columbia, Elliott coached his entire career at Appalachian State, where he helped the Mountaineers to three-straight national championships (2005-07). After earning his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State in 1996, Elliott worked for two seasons as a defensive assistant, then two seasons as the tight ends coach before taking over the offensive line in 2001. Over his final nine seasons as the offensive line coach at Appalachian State, Elliott’s players earned All-America distinction on 12 occasions. From 2005-07, he coached three-consecutive SoCon Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipients.

Elliott was the first player in Appalachian State history to appear in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs four separate seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Black and Gold, helping the squad to two Southern Conference titles. He was a co-captain on the Mountaineers’ 1995 squad that finished 12-1 while earning all-league distinction as a defensive end. In his four seasons as a player, the Mountaineers posted a combined record of 36-14.

Elliott was one of three App State coaches to earn the NCAA’s Award of Valor for their efforts in rescuing two individuals from a car accident in 2000.

If he is hired, Elliott would replace Trent Miles, who was fired on November 13. Miles was 9-38 with the Panthers.

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