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Indiana’s Co-DC heading to USC

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USC has had plenty of coaching turnover over the past couple of months. On Friday though, the Trojans filled one of their vacant spots.

First reported by, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson confirmed on his Twitter account that Hoosiers co-defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler had left for a job with USC. It’s believed that Ekeler will coach linebackers. Assuming that is indeed the case, Ekeler would replace Scottie Hazelton.

Ekeler joined Wilson’s staff at IU after a three-year stint as Nebraska’s linebackers coach and was considered one of the better recruiters for the Hoosiers.

Lane Kiffin reportedly hired Mike Summers from Western Kentucky earlier this week to coach offensive line. The Trojans are still looking for an offensive coordinator to replace Kennedy Polamalu. 

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9 Responses to “Indiana’s Co-DC heading to USC”
  1. 1trojanlove says: Feb 23, 2013 8:18 AM

    Let the USC and coach Kiffin bashing begin again! I think it’s America’s new favorite pastime…

    It’s good to see the staff is now complete! Fight On!

  2. xli2006 says: Feb 23, 2013 9:25 AM

    Coach Ekeler is one of the most energetic
    people I’ve ever seen. He helped land a pretty solid group of defensive recruits for IU next season and he’ll be missed.

    He is going to be a future college Head Coach somewhere so I’m not shocked he is making the jump… too bad to lose him though.

  3. going4iton4th says: Feb 23, 2013 9:28 AM

    Kiffin=Biggest Sham of a Football Coach in America. You can replace all the coaches you want but USC fans your football program is a joke! Preseason number 1 and a 7-6 finish? A better PAC 12 and you think your on par with Alabama? Good luck Kiffy and Trojans you are going to need it!

  4. cvilleirish says: Feb 23, 2013 9:28 AM

    So, you have no OC, but your staff is complete? Lane, is that you making the comments?

  5. tttrojan4life says: Feb 23, 2013 10:53 AM


  6. 1trojanlove says: Feb 23, 2013 10:29 PM

    Ben you might want to updated the article as QB coach Clay Helton was named OC!

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Feb 23, 2013 10:32 PM

    Or maybe we’ll have a whole new post for the three coaches Kiffin’s introducing officially, 1trojanlove!

  8. 1trojanlove says: Feb 23, 2013 10:34 PM


    The staff is complete as I said earlier QB coach and current staff member was named OC! It’s cool, I would not expect an Irish fan to understand or know what’s going on with the USC program. And I will tell Coach Kiffin you said hello…

  9. pdcooper08 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:22 AM

    going4iton4th: Last season was a joke for all the haters, and a nightmare to any SC fan.

    As far as anyone claiming the program is on par with Bama, I don’t recall ever hearing anyone claiming that. Where are you getting that from? Or you just taking your next shot at the program because it makes you feel better as a person?

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