According to GamecockCentral.com, wide receiver coach Bryan McClendon is staying at the University of South Carolina and is no longer in the running for the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coaching position. .
#Gamecocks wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon is staying on staff despite flirtations from the NFL plus we have the latest on South Carolina's staff structure and next expected hire https://t.co/oIUnB6FrKS— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) February 14, 2020
It was reported last weekend that McClendon was the choice of the Steelers. It is unclear if the Steelers offered McClendon the position and he declined or if the Steelers had not reached a decision. Regardless, it appears as if McClendon is staying in the college ranks.
On Friday, Jerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the decision was down to McClendon and former Steelers’ wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery for the position. If Dulac’s report is accurate, the Steelers should be announcing their new wide receivers coach this week.
Steelers expected to sign a WR coach "any day now," per source. Appears to be down to two -- former Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and former South Carolina off coordinator Bryan McClendon.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 13, 2020
Cotchery began his career with the New York Jets for seven seasons before joining the Steelers in 2011. After a career-high 10 touchdown receptions in 2013, Cotchery went on to finish his NFL career with two seasons in Carolina playing for the Panthers.
Whoever is hired as the wide receivers coach for the Steelers in 2020, they will be taking over a very young group which has no one on the roster who is beyond their rookie contract. The Steelers have a vacancy at the wide receiver coaching position due to the unfortunate passing of Coach Darryl Drake in 2019. After losing coach Drake during training camp, coach Ray Sherman took over the position on an interim basis.