USC linebackers coach Mike Ekeler will coach his final game for the Trojans in Vegas, according to Mike Piellucci of 247 Sports.
LB coach Mike Ekeler will not return next year. Ekeler has already met with incoming staff to transition them regarding state of LB group.
— Mike Piellucci (@mikelikessports) December 11, 2013
Ekeler’s departure always seemed likely when new head coach Steve Sarkisian hired Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon last week, but this is the first confirmation we have of a USC assistant who will not stay on in 2014. The only assistant we know will remain on staff at this point is wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
Sarkisian said yesterday that his staff would be finalized soon and that several assistants were already aware of their status for the coming season.
Trojan linebackers have thrived under Ekeler’s tutelage this season. Devon Kennard was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Award, given to the most outstanding college defender in the country both on and off the field. Kennard led USC with nine sacks rushing off the edge and added 59 tackles.
Hayes Pullard, the general in the middle, progressed greatly this season and easily topped the Trojan tackle charts this season with 89.
Before this season Ekeler was the defensive coordinator at Indiana.