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Matt Rhule Poaches SEC Offensive Coordinator In Significant Nebraska Hire

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The new head coach at Nebraska is wasting little time filling out his staff.

Two days after the former Carolina Panthers head coach was officially hired by the Cornhuskers, a report has emerged that Rhule has found an offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Pete Thamel reported Monday that Rhule is "close to hiring" Marcus Satterfield away from South Carolina to join him as offensive coordinator at Nebraska. 

"Sources: Nebraska is close to hiring South Carolina OC Marcus Satterfield as the school’s new offensive coordinator," Thamel tweeted. "Satterfield worked with Matt Rhule at Temple, Baylor and the Carolina Panthers. South Carolina’s offense scored 94 points in wins over Tennessee and Clemson."

Thamel also reported that South Carolina tried to get Satterfield to remain on staff, but his ties with Rhule are too strong. Satterfield worked under Rhule at Temple, Baylor and for one season with the Panthers before serving as the Gamecocks' offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

Satterfield is a hot name right now as his offense has impressed in back-to-back marquee victories. South Carolina erupted for 63 points in a win over then-No. 5 Tennessee on Nov. 19, then upset Clemson 31-30 on Saturday.

That strong finish put an exclamation point on an impressive turnaround for the South Carolina offense. 

A year ago, the Gamecocks finished the season ranked No. 104 nationally in scoring offense and No. 110 in total offense. This year, they're 45th in scoring offense and 77th in total offense, averaging 9.1 more points per game.

Satterfield found that success in large part because South Carolina brought in Oklahoma transfer Spencer Rattler at quarterback. He and Rhule will likely have to hit the transfer portal hard again this year as they look to revamp a program that hasn't experienced a winning season since 2016.