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South Carolina adds Jacksonville State to 2023 football lineup

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FEB 02 Reese's Senior Bowl Practice

MOBILE, AL - FEBRUARY 02: A South Carolina Gamecocks helmet sits on the ground during the Reese’s Senior Bowl practice session on February 2, 2002 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina is adding Jacksonville State and to its 2023 football schedule.

The South Carolina Gamecocks announced the move Wednesday. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will take the place of previously scheduled Liberty on Nov. 4, 2023.

South Carolina said in a release Jacksonville Stare is joining Conference USA and needed non-conference opponents in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Liberty, an FBS independent, is also joining Conference USA and had to free up space for league games.

Rich Rodriguez was hired as Jacksonville State coach in November. He previously coached a pair of Power Five programs in West Virginia and Arizona.

The game will be the first between the two schools, who share the Gamecocks nickname.