The college football world was shaken to its core this week with the announcement of Jim Harbaugh being hired at Michigan. That shakedown looks like it may hit USC next, in the form of his former Stanford assistant and current Trojans’ offensive line coach Tim Drevno.
UPDATE at 3:34pm: Add in another confirmation of Tim Drevno headed to Michigan, as Gary Klein of the LA Times cites a source with the same information.
UPDATE at 1:08 pm: Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com is now reporting that Drevno will take the offensive coordinator job at Michigan and USC offensive tackle Zach Banner has mentioned it as well. We’re unsure if Banner is reacting to the original report from the Sacramento Bee or if Drevno has informed the team of his departure. Nonetheless, all signs point to USC being without an offensive line coach.
Original post: According to the Sacramento Bee, Harbaugh is looking to get the band back together from the Stanford days, which includes Drevno.
"Several of his long-time allies, including 49ers receivers coach John Morton and Tim Drevno, a former 49ers offensive line coach who last season was at USC, are believed to be joining him in Ann Arbor."
Drevno came to USC just last year from the San Francisco 49ers, as Steve Sarkisian hired him as part of his inaugural staff to replace Mike Summers.
While the Trojans’ sacks-per-game mark remained pretty much the same from last year –2.43 in 2013 to 2.46 in 2014– the offensive line had a strong year given the amount of true freshmen that USC had to rely on.
Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao carried the offensive line at times, especially late in the year after the loss of left tackle Chad Wheeler.
Should the rumored Drevno move to Michigan come to fruition, Sarkisian would be back to square one on the offensive line. He opted for Drevno instead of bring Dan Cozzetto from Washington with him, so the job would likely be wide open to any candidates.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see if Sark and USC let Drevno go, or if they offer him a financial incentive to stay on board.