With Tommie Robinson on his way out of LA to join Ed Orgeron at LSU, here’s five potential replacements for the running backs coach at USC.
USC hasn’t kept an unchanged coaching staff since 2008. Thanks to the departure of running backs coach Tommie Robinson, that streak will continue.
Robinson was officially announced as the new LSU running backs coach, assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator on Tuesday night.
Here’s a look at some potential options for USC to replace him, ranging from the most likely, to some based on connections:
There’s a ready-made replacement for Robinson on staff at USC already — outside linebackers coach Johnny Nansen.
In fact, Robinson replaced Nansen as the Trojan running backs coach when he returned to Los Angeles last year.
Nansen had served as USC’s RBs coach for two seasons with distinction. Under his tutelage, Buck Allen rushed for 1,489 yards in 2014, the best season for a Trojan running back since Reggie Bush.
After Allen’s departure, USC’s success at running back under Nansen didn’t slip as Ronald Jones II and Justin Davis each came within touching distance of a 1,000-yard season.
If Nansen were to shift back over to the offensive side of the ball, USC would still have to seek a replacement on the defensive side of the ball, but that would be an entirely different search with a whole new set of twists and turns.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast could also add outside linebackers to his job description, paving the way for support staffer Keary Colbert to be an option for the Trojans’ vacant wide receivers job.