It took just over a month, and about a week longer than expected, but it’s finally done. With the hiring of Bo Davis as defensive line coach on Tuesday afternoon, Steve Sarkisian’s assembling of his first coaching staff at USC is complete.
The staff features five assistants poached from Washington, including defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, defensive backs coach Keith Heyward, special teams coordinator and running backs coach Johnny Nansen, linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and tight ends coach Marques Tuisasosopo.
Two existing Lane Kiffin hires serve as carry-overs in offensive coordinator Clay Helton and wide receivers coach Tee Martin, while two outside hires in the 49ers’ Tim Drevno and Texas’s Bo Davis solidify the offensive and defensive lines, respectively.
Wilcox, Drevno and Davis are the highlights of the staff’s new faces, with Wilcox being a hot commodity as a head coach prospect. As for Drevno and Davis, they come to USC with plenty of valuable experience, having been longtime disciples of Jim Harbaugh and Nick Saban.
All in all, Sarkisian found a way to balance the continuity of his staff from Washington, continuity of USC’s existing staff, and outside hires with highly respected backgrounds.
The hiring of a head coach shouldn’t be made or broken on the hiring of a staff, but Sarkisian’s at least began to lay bricks to pave the way towards flipping the somewhat negative perception of his hire.
Sarkisian and company get to work when the recruiting dead period lifts on January 16th, and will get on the practice field in two months when spring ball starts.
|Name||New Role||Last Job|
|Steve Sarkisian||Head coach||Washington|
|Clay Helton||Offensive coordinator||USC|
|Justin Wilcox||Defensive coordinator||Washington|
|Tim Drevno||Offensive line||San Francisco 49ers|
|Tee Martin||Wide receivers||USC|
|Johnny Nansen||Running backs, special teams||Washington|
|Marques Tuiasosopo||Tight ends||Washington|
|Bo Davis||Defensive line||Texas|
|Keith Heyward||Defensive backs||Washington|