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Report: USC To Hire Oklahoma State’s Bob Connelly As Offensive Line Coach

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USC is set to hire Oklahoma State’s Bob Connelly to replace Tim Drevno as their new offensive line coach, according to a report from Dan Weber of USCFootball.com.

"Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly will assume the same position at USC after National Signing Day according to multiple sources within and outside the Trojans program. It’s understood that Connelly has gone through all the vetting steps required for the job but an official announcement awaits only next week’s NLI Day."

Connelly has a lengthy 18-year career on his resume but had been with the Cowboys for just under a year before jumping to Los Angeles. He is no stranger to the Pac-12 where he has extensive experience, including stints at Arizona State from 2012-2014, UCLA in 2007, and Washington State from 2001-2002. He also spent three years at Alabama from 2003-2006 and four years at UTEP from 2008-2011.

While he has jumped around a fair amount, Connelly can claim having coached the 2008 Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith before leaving Alabama.

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Despite his wealth of experience, Connelly’s line at Oklahoma State struggled in 2014. They gave up the most sacks and tackles for loss in the Big 12, while Cowboy running backs scored just 18 touchdowns and averaged just 3.51 yards per carry, which was the second to worst mark in the conference.

It is fair to say at least that the talent level Connelly will inherit at USC in 2015 likely outmatches what he had to work with at Oklahoma State.

USC returns starters at every position across the line, including three young players, Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn and Damien Mama, who were called to action as true freshman.

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