Justin Stepp comments on his departure from USC football coaching staff

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Justin Stepp is off to Illinois.

But he’ll always have fond memories of Columbia, South Carolina.

That was the gist of a farewell message Stepp posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday afternoon as he departs coach Shane Beamer’s staff for a new job in the Big Ten after three seasons coaching with the Gamecocks.

Illinois announced Thursday night it had hired Stepp as its new wide receivers coach, a few weeks after Beamer shifted Stepp from USC’s receivers coach to tight ends coach for 2024. That move was prompted by Beamer’s hiring of James Coley, a veteran SEC assistant, as his new receivers coach.

In a post titled “Thank you South Carolina,” Stepp wrote: “Forever grateful to Coach Beamer and Gamecock Football for the opportunity to serve this program the last 3 years. My family and I are excited about the future but will always be grateful for our time spent and the relationships formed in Columbia. I know there are great things ahead for these players, coaches and all Gamecock fans.”

Stepp, an original member of Beamer’s staff dating back to the 2021 season, is the fourth assistant coach to depart this offseason.