Five Potential Candidates for USC’s Offensive Line Coach Job

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USC finished the 2014 season with a 45-42 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska on Saturday, but they finish the 2014 calendar year with the reported loss of offensive line coach Tim Drevno to Michigan.

The Jim Harbaugh disciple is set to be the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator according to reports, meaning that Steve Sarkisian’s Trojans will have to find a new offensive line coach.

Sark succeeded with Drevno a year ago after an extended search. Will he make a strong hire again? We’ll have to wait and see.

For now, here’s five names that could be bantered about with USC.

OL. Tim Davis has experience at USC, having been the Trojans’ offensive line coach from 2002-2004, coaching alongside Steve Sarkisian for two years. At Troy, USC had one All-American offensive lineman in Jacob Rogers, along with All-Pac-10 Norm Katnik.

He left in 2005 to work under Nick Saban with the Miami Dolphins and has since found employment at Alabama, Minnesota, Utah and Florida.

In September, SMU hired him to fill out their staff after June Jones resigned, but new head coach Chad Morris has hired Dustin Fry as their full-time offensive line coach. A move to USC would be not only a promotion but an upgrade from SMU and a reunion with the Trojans and Sarkisian.

That said, Davis has shown a propensity to continuously get hired by respected coaches but not necessarily keep those jobs long-term. He would be a safe pick in terms of comfort, but perhaps not the best in terms of effectiveness.

. Assistant OL Coach. SMU. TIM DAVIS

OL. Before the Trojans signed Drevno last year, they were hot on the tail of UCLA’s recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm, who ultimately used USC’s interest as leverage for a new deal.

The former NFL offensive lineman has been an ace recruiter for the Bruins since being hired by Jim Mora before the 2012 season, establishing a strong pipeline to Texas. That’s a region where the Trojans have struggled to lock down on a consistent basis, as they have Florida.

But for all of the benefits that Klemm has in the recruiting world, he’s struggled mightily as a position coach. UCLA’s offensive line has been the Bruins’ Achilles heel since he got to Westwood. They’ve finished 11th in the Pac-12 in sacks allowed in all three seasons he’s been there.

For a youthful offensive line like the Trojans that need development more than anything, Klemm might not be the best suited for USC at the moment. A year or two ago, he would’ve made more sense.

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Before the Trojans signed Drevno last year, they were hot on the tail of UCLA’s recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm, who ultimately used USC’s interest as leverage for a new deal.

The former NFL offensive lineman has been an ace recruiter for the Bruins since being hired by Jim Mora before the 2012 season, establishing a strong pipeline to Texas. That’s a region where the Trojans have struggled to lock down on a consistent basis, as they have Florida.

But for all of the benefits that Klemm has in the recruiting world, he’s struggled mightily as a position coach. UCLA’s offensive line has been the Bruins’ Achilles heel since he got to Westwood. They’ve finished 11th in the Pac-12 in sacks allowed in all three seasons he’s been there.

For a youthful offensive line like the Trojans that need development more than anything, Klemm might not be the best suited for USC at the moment. A year or two ago, he would’ve made more sense.