Report: Deland McCullough to be Hired by USC as Running Backs Coach

Hank Shaw
Feb 22, 2017, 2:07 AM PST
Deland McCullough. (Courtesy Indiana Athletics)
Deland McCullough. (Courtesy Indiana Athletics)

Weeks after USC football lost Tommie Robinson to Ed Orgeron and LSU, the Trojans are reportedly set to hire Indiana’s Deland McCullough as running backs coach.

Deland McCullough was reportedly in contact with USC football on Tuesday about the vacant running backs coach position, but now it looks it’s actually going down.

The Trojans are apparently hiring the soon-to-be former Indiana assistant. The report comes from Football Scoop:

"Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough will be USC’s new running backs coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Steve Wilfong 247’s director of recruiting first reported the interest. McCullough is a former FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year finalist."

At Indiana, McCullough oversaw the development of the Hoosiers’ Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 2,036 yards in 2014 and has since become a contributor with the Atlanta Falcons.

Schematically, McCullough should be a solid fit for USC. Indiana runs a similar offense, so much so that Penn State used their film against the Hoosiers as a way to prepare for the Trojans in the Rose Bowl.

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McCullough, 44, starred at Miami (OH), rushing for 4,368 yards over four seasons. As a professional, he bounced around the NFL, CFL and XFL, including a two-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals.

He’s now the third USC running backs coach in three years. Robinson, who has departed for LSU, returned to the Trojans in 2016 after spending two seasons at Texas. Johnny Nansen moved from running backs to linebackers last season, after being hired by Steve Sarkisian in 2014.