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COLUMBIA – The lone staffing change Shane Beamer has had to face this offseason appears to have been filled and his coaching staff is once again complete.
According to reports, Sterling Lucas is set to be hired as South Carolina's next outside linebackers and edge rushers, taking over for Mike Peterson, who leave USC for his alma mater Florida earlier this month after six seasons in Columbia.
Gamecockcentral.com first reported the news.
The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees has a called meeting Friday at 2 p.m. to approve the contract of a football assistant coach. Following that meeting, Beamer is set to meet with media virtuall at 3 p.m., where he'll likely discuss the addition of Lucas, among other topics.
An Orangeburg, South Carolina native, Lucas spent the 2021 season on Urban Meyer's Jacksonville Jaguars staff as an assistant defensive line coach. Lucas has been coaching in the NFL since 2016, rising up through the staffing ranks from defensive and strength and conditioning assistant to assistant defensive line coach with Baltimore Ravens for the 2020 season.
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With the Jags this year, Lucas worked alongside Tosh Lupoi, who coached under the biggest name in college football in Nick Saban at Alabama for several seasons before making the jump to the league. Lucas has certainly picked up plenty from Lupoi and could bring some new tools to the Gamecocks coaching staff.
Joining Beamer's staff at USC, it'll be the first time Lucas has held an active recruiting role on a college staff. Following his playing days at North Carolina State, who returned to Raleigh as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant coach and was elevated to defensive GA before moving on to the NFL and the Ravens.
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Lucas has already worked with current South Carolina defensive coordinator Clayton White at North Carolina State from 2013-15, shortly after Lucas' football career ended.
Before Peterson's departure, he made $420,000 annually but at this time, it's unclear how much Lucas, a first-time collegiate assistant, will be paid. Friday's Board of Trustees meeting will likely clear that up.
Cory Diaz covers the South Carolina Gamecocks for The Greenville News as part of the USA Today Network. Follow his work for all things Gamecocks on Twitter: @CoryDiaz_TGN
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: South Carolina football hires Sterling Lucas as OLB/DE coach: Reports