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Reports: Kiffin makes two staff hires

Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 10:26 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Spring Practice only a few weeks away, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had three open coaching spots and little time to fill them. As of Sunday, he had filled two of the spots, hiring North Dakota State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton to coach linebackers and Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders to coach defensive backs, according to multiple reports including the LA Times.

The pair replace Joe Barry, who left to coach linebackers for the San Diego Chargers, and fill a void left after Willie Mack Garza resigned as the secondary coach right before the 2011 season.

Hazelton spent six years with the Bison, the last two coordinating the defense and won the FCS championship last season. Sanders spent only two months at Florida Atlantic, following Carl Pelini from Nebraska where he served as defensive backs coach for four seasons and sent several players to NFL. In addition to his stop in Lincoln, Sanders also served as defensive coordinator for two seasons at North Carolina.

The school has not officially confirmed the hires but numerous recruits were told during USC's Junior Day on Sunday.

The Trojans begin spring practice on March 6th. Kiffin still has to find a replacement for wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who left to take the same position with the Oakland Raiders.


Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:29 am

Reports: Kiffin makes two staff hires

Yeah, you're right. UNC and Nebraska are not major programs...

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Reports: Kiffin makes two staff hires

It might be that Lane has found the combination to running a successful football team. He has hired a couple of teams that came from winning programs. This normally would indicate they would be good hires since they came from another successful program.

One ahs more experience that necessary for the position as he was once an defensive coordinator.

I like these two hires, now if they pan out with the success they had in their past, we might be ok.

Spring practice start soon, I wish I was there to see this team. They were exciting last season.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Reports: Kiffin makes two staff hires

I like that both these coaches have experience as coordinators, but dont like that neihter of them come from major programs. It might help recruiting with Sanders having recruited in Florida.
Time will tell.

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