Oct 29, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Lane Kiffin watches on the sidelines with assistant coaches Sammy Knight, Ed Orgeron, John Baxter, and Kennedy Polamalu during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Stanford defeated USC 56-48 in three overtimes. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

LB and DB coaching vacancies filled


On Sunday, USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that two assistant coaches have been hired to the coaching staff. Sunday was also USC’s Junior Day, which is when current juniors in high school have the opportunity to visit a university, meet the coaching staff, and get an early start on recruiting.

According to multiple media sources, former Nebraska DB coach Marvin Sanders will take over with the same title for the Trojans. Last February he left the Cornhuskers for “personal and family reasons.” As the new DB coach, Sanders will fill the void caused by Willie Mack Garza’s sudden departure from the program last September. Graduate assistant Sammy Knight took over for the remainder of the season, but apparently was not considered a viable full-time option by the coaching staff.

Scottie Hazleton will be the new LB coach, replacing Joe Barry who recently took a job with the San Diego Chargers. He spent the past two seasons as the Defensive Coordinator for North Dakota State. Though he has neither played nor coached at the FBS-level before, Hazleton has experience with the Tampa-2 defense, a staple at USC thanks to Monte Kiffin.

With these two jobs filled, the Trojans now only have to find a new wide receiver coach. Ted Gilmore left the Trojans last week to take a job with the Oakland Raiders. According to ESPNLA.com, potential candidates include:

former USC receiver and grad assistant Keary Colbert, former UCLA interim head coach Mike Johnson, Arizona State receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott, among others.

Spring Ball officially starts March 6.

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