For its offensive line coach position, Steve Sarkisian and USC were clearly eyeing the NFL.
The Trojans first explored the option of adding Baltimore Ravens coach Todd Washington to the staff, before ultimately hiring Tim Drevno of the San Francisco 49ers.
Offensive line play has been a point of contention over the course of the last two seasons.
So much so, that Lane Kiffin felt it deserved the attention of two coaches — James Cregg and Mike Summers — in 2013.
With the two offensive line coaches, the Trojans saw spurts of adequate play. They managed to rush for an average of 172 yards per game , but allowed 34 sacks on the season, which ranked them No. 104 in the nation.
In steps Drevno who coached the 49ers offensive line from 2011 to 2013.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Drevno worked as an assistant at Stanford from 2007 to 2010; he coached the offensive line in his final two seasons at Stanford.
During the two seasons Drevno coached the Cardinal offensive line, they only allowed a combined 14 sacks.
Drevno was also on 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the University of San Diego.
Of Drevno’s hire at USC, Harbaugh remarked, “I am confident the entire Drevno family will attack this endeavor with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”
Drevno will also serve as the running game coordinator.