Mar 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans secondary coach Marvin Sanders at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Mavin Sanders Departure Not the End of the Line for the Trojans


Defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders is no longer a part of the Trojan coaching staff, USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced on Thursday.

News of this first surfaced earlier in the week, though at the time, no reason had been given for letting him go. On Thursday, Coach Kiffin gave an official statement on the matter:

“We wish Marvin Sanders and his family the best of luck,” said Kiffin. “Marvin did a great job for us coaching our secondary and in recruiting. But with the hiring of Clancy Pendergast as our defensive coordinator, we decided to go in a different direction based on Clancy’s desire to oversee the defensive backs unit.”

Many of the current players were extremely partial to Sanders, as were recruits such as the highly-coveted cornerback Jalen Ramsey. It is entirely possible that Ramsey could flip to Florida or Florida State with his position coach having been let go two weeks before National Signing Day.

Fortunately for USC, DBs Su’a Cravens, Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay III are already enrolled.

Despite his popularity, it is not hard to see why Sanders was let go: under his leadership the secondary has been a liability, and they not only didn’t get better in 2012, they actually regressed. If USC is to compete against the potent spread offenses in the Pac-12, a reliable secondary is of the utmost import.

With Pendergast taking the reigns, the USC DBs can start fresh, with new talent and a new coaching philosophy that could mean all the difference between another season of groaning at the secondary play and actually having confidence in them, come August.

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  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    If anything this should be thought of as a positive by jalen Ramsey…Clancy specializes in coaching the secondary. Hopefully that point was made when the in home visit took place. I’m ecstatic that Clancy is here and coaching the secondary. Now we can use the opening for a offensive coordinator. Fight on Trojans…to u recruits who are wavering in ur decisions to come here…let me make it easier. We don’t want ppl who don’t want us. It is a privilege to be a Trojan. Consider yourself lucky to be invited. We had one bad season. Doesn’t change the fact that we are the nfl factory and the fact that we have the 2nd most heismans winners ever. If you want to play in the nfl, the decision should be easy. If you want a degree worth something, come to usc. If you want a beautiful girlfriend, come to usc. If you want to live in Los Angeles, fight on at usc. If you don’t, make it easier on us all and move on.