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Bobby Bentley
Bobby  Bentley

Hometown:
Duncan, S.C.

Position:
Running Backs

Alma Mater:
Presbyterian College

Year:
1990

12/29/2016

South Carolina vs. USF (Birmingham Bowl 12/29/16)

Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Birmingham Bowl featuring South Carolina against USF.

11/05/2016

South Carolina 31, Missouri 21

The Gamecocks defeat Missouri, on November, 5, 2016.

Bobby Bentley wrapped up his second season at the University of South Carolina in 2017. Bentley joined Will Muschamp’s coaching staff on December 8, 2015 when he was named running backs coach.

In his first season in Columbia, Bentley developed a pair of freshmen running backs in Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner into the squad’s top two rushers. In fact, 78 percent of the rushing yards were by freshmen, with Dowdle and Turner combining for over 1,200 yards.

Bentley’s second season proved to be a case of running back by committee. The sophomore quartet of Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner, Ty’Son Williams and Mon Denson, all had strong moments.

A South Carolina native, Bentley returned to the Palmetto State after two seasons as an offensive analyst at Auburn under Gus Malzahn. In 2014, the Tigers posted an 8-5 record, including a loss to Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. During his time at Auburn, Bentley worked with a trio of running backs, Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant and Peyton Barber, all of whom went on to play in the NFL.

Prior to his stint at Auburn, Bentley was the head coach at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. where he was one of the most successful high school coaches in the country. He served as an assistant for the Rebels from 1990-94 before being named head coach in 1995. He compiled a 119-54 record at Byrnes in two stints (1995-2006 and 2013) and won four-consecutive state championships from 2002-05. The Rebels posted a 57-2 record during the title streak run. Following the team's fourth state title, Bentley was honored as the 2005 Nike National Coach of the Year. He also was named as the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006.

He was the Rebels' head coach for one additional season (2013) when he logged a 12-2 record and garnered a Region II-4A title. During his time at Byrnes, Bentley had the opportunity to coach Marcus Lattimore, who went on to an outstanding collegiate career at South Carolina before injuries derailed his career.

Bentley was named head coach at his alma mater, Presbyterian College in 2007, becoming the first NCAA Football Championship Subdivision head football coach in PC's history. In his first year at PC, the Blue Hose ranked third nationally in both passing yards and total offense and finished in the top 15 in both scoring and passing efficiency while logging a 6-5 record. In two seasons at Presbyterian he posted a 10-13 mark. During his time at PC, the Blue Hose set school records in points scored in a season (404), yards in a season (5,290), passing yards in a game (648) and passing efficiency. Bentley also signed and coached NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Justin Bethel.

On January 5, 2009, Bentley resigned as head football coach of the Blue Hose. He accepted a new position with Spartanburg School District 5 as the district wide athletic director and public information officer.

A 1986 Byrnes alumnus, Bentley played football at Presbyterian before graduating in 1990. He and his wife, the former Paulette West, are the parents of five children: Chas, Shuler, Jake, Brooks and Emily. Shuler currently plays quarterback at Murray State, while Jake is a sophomore quarterback on the Gamecocks' squad. Chas works in the South Carolina weight room as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant.

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