Lane Kiffin brought on the latest addition to the USC coaching staff on Tuesday when Mike Summers became the new offensive line coach for the Trojans, and it looks as if another new hire is on the horizon. In a report from Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com,USC is in the process of acquiring former Arizona Cardinals Running Backs Coach Tommie Robinson to replace Kennedy Polamalu.
Polamalu, the former Trojan and beloved member of the coaching staff, elected to leave USC earlier this month after it became clear that the program wanted to “go in a different direction”, meaning that Polamalu wanted to have Offensive Coordinator responsibilities and Kiffin felt otherwise about this notion. As a result, his departure has left technically two vacancies on the Trojan coaching staff.
On USCFootball.com, Abraham had Robinson listed as one of the names to watch in USC’s offensive coordinator search, but it appears now Kiffin’s interest in him is solely as the leader of the running backs corps, after Robinson flirted with taking the same job at Utah State.
If Robinson joins the staff as the running backs coach, that still leaves the offensive coordinator position open. Abraham suggests that it will go to Clay Helton, the current quarterbacks coach on the Trojan staff.
Robinson has worked at the collegiate level for parts of 16 seasons, including stops at Miami, Memphis, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. While at Memphis, Robinson worked alongside Clay Helton, who was also an offensive assistant.