Earlier this month, Kyle Krantz went from being one of the 10 on field coaches to returning to his role as a defensive analyst. That move was necessary with the arrival of Joe Cox as tight ends coach and Bobby Bentley's shift to assistant quarterbacks coach. NCAA rules allow for just 10 full-time assistants who are involved in on the field coaching.

But when Coleman Huntzler accepted a job at Texas, that created an opening which will filled Friday as Krantz has been named the Gamecocks' special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach.

"After interviewing multiple people for the position, I determined Kyle is the best fit for our staff," Will Muschamp said in a statement. 

"Kyle has assisted with our special teams for the past four years, including on the field in each of the past two seasons. He has done much of the legwork and game planning for those units, and can also bring some new ideas to that facet of the game. Having Kyle take over the coordinator duties will also make for a seamless transition for our players.

"On the defensive side of the ball, Kyle will assist Travaris Robinson with the defensive backs," continued Coach Muschamp. "I will coach the inside linebackers while Mike Peterson will continue to coach the outside linebackers and John Scott will be in charge of the defensive line."

The 32-year-old Krantz has been part of the Gamecock football program for the past four years and has worked with Coach Muschamp for the last seven years. He served as a defensive analyst for the Gamecocks from 2016-17, before moving to an on-field role in 2018 as the special teams assistant while coaching the Nickels and SAM linebackers.

Krantz has 11 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons in the SEC with four different programs.