After surprising news came out on Monday afternoon that newly-hired defensive line coach Bo Davis is leaving USC for Alabama after six days on the job, head coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t take long looking for a replacement. With the recruiting dead period ending this weekend, the time frame to hire a coach is quickly closing.
According to Pete Roussel of Coaching Search, Sarkisian turned to Chris Wilson, the defensive line coach at Georgia, who had ironically been mentioned as an interviewee at Alabama for the same role.
Sarkisian’s inquiry didn’t turn up successful, per Roussel:
In looking for a defensive line coach, Steve Sarkisian initially pursued Chris Wilson at Georgia, who declined. With Bo Davis off to Alabama, it will be interesting to see if Sark shifts running backs coach / special teams coordinator Johnny Nansen to defensive line.
Wilson is currently a candidate for Georgia’s vacant defensive coordinator position, following Todd Grantham’s move to Louisville to join Bobby Petrino’s staff.
As Roussel notes, Nansen is a viable option to coach the defensive line, which would subsequently allow for the potential hire of a . He originally joined Sarkisian’s staff at Washington along with defensive coordinator Nick Holt in 2009, coaching both the defensive line and special teams. Nansen was ultimately replaced as the defensive line coach when Tosh Lupoi got to town in January of 2012.
Other Nansen, Washington State’s Joe Salave’a could be an option. He was rumored to be a candidate for the job prior to the hiring of Bo Davis.
Both Ed Orgeron and John Baxter will be fan favorites to return to USC following Davis’s exit, but either would be a stretch at this point. A very, very big stretch.