Since being hired at USC on Monday, head coach Steve Sarkisian has secured four members of his staff: Tee Martin and Johnny Nansen on offense, and Keith Heyward and Peter Sermin on defense. Tonight, word comes out that Sark might have his eye on a special teams coordinator.
According to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com, that man could be Jeff Banks of Texas A&M.
Don’t be surprised if Texas A&M tight ends / special teams coordinator Jeff Banks ends up on Sark’s staff at USC. Banks coached at UTEP from 2004-2012 before joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff in College Station.
It goes without saying that the potential arrival of Banks, and even just the notion that the Trojans are looking elsewhere, might be bad news for the USC future of John Baxter.
Baxter came to USC from Fresno State in 2010 as Lane Kiffin’s acclaimed special teams guru, and added the assignment of tight ends in 2013.
As for Banks, his Aggies rank in the middle of the SEC in most special teams categories. They’re 10th in kick returns at 20.8 yards per return and third in defending kickoffs, at 18.3 yards allowed per return. The Aggies currently lead the SEC in blocks this year, with three.
We’ll have more on the USC coaching search when and if news breaks.