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Kiffin officially adds three, shuffles coaching duties

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Following an offseason of heavy turnover, USC has officially added three more assistant coaches. As expected, Mike Summers and Mike Ekeler have joined the Trojans’ coaching staff.

In a release issued Saturday night — which you can read in its entirety HERE if you so choose (no, there’s no injury news on it, so stop asking) — Lane Kiffn announced the additions Summers as offensive line coach and running game coordinator, Ekeler as linebackers coach, and Tommie Robinson as running backs coach and passing game coordinator.

Summers comes from Western Kentucky, Ekeler from Indiana and Robinson from the Arizona Cardinals.

Additionally, some coaches have been assigned different responsibilities. Quarterbacks coach Clay Helton has been promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Kennedy Polamalu. Special teams coach John Baxter will also coach tight ends, and James Cregg will still now share offensive line duties.

“I am excited to have completed the reconstruction of our staff,” Kiffin said in a statement. “It was a very exhaustive and thorough process.  Mike Summers, Tommie Robinson and Mike Ekeler bring extensive coaching backgrounds to the Trojan program.  They all are looking forward to start working with our players immediately.”

Clancy Pendergast, formerly of Cal, was named USC’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach last month.

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11 Responses to “Kiffin officially adds three, shuffles coaching duties”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:00 AM

    On paper, it appears as if LK is making big moves, looks like a card shuffle to me and a last chance grasp to save his ass.

    Will it be enough to save his job? I still don’t see where he is giving up his play calling responsibilites?

  2. Deb says: Feb 24, 2013 9:49 AM

    A passing game coordinator from last season’s Arizona Cardinals. Yep, I’m sure that will be a big help.

  3. addict2sport says: Feb 24, 2013 11:12 AM

    A running back coach doubling as a pass game coordinator? Yup, LK definitely not relinquishing his play calling. Can’t really blame him. He knows this is his last year to prove he’s the guy. Might as well control as much as he can on the way out.

  4. cubano76 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:19 AM

    John Baxter is a snake oil salesman.

  5. cubano76 says: Feb 24, 2013 12:05 PM

    ……and he hates children, old folks and puppies! Lol

  6. normtide says: Feb 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    This sounds a lot like Dooley’s last off season. A do or die year, and new OC and DC.

  7. thekatman says: Feb 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    Wow! The negativity from you kids is telling of your approach to life. You must’ve been the bullies in your school while growing up, loving to kick a guy when he’s down. Try growing up for a change. Life is so much more fun and interesting when you don’t focus on other folks’ misgivings.

    Try working on your won first.

    Fight On, brothers and sisters.
    Beat everybody……
    USC will always be considered “The Program” and one in where high performance kids want to play and the NFL look to fill the ranks with quality, high performance players.

    Remember, that right now 20 5* and 4* players cannot play at USC, and next year that number will be 30, so they are forced to go to other schools, whereas, if there wasn’t a schollie sanction in place, they’d be Trojans for life.

    Any haters who wish to comment, go right ahead. We love it when you guys try to put us down. It just shows us how much you care.

  8. arrogantnation says: Feb 24, 2013 4:56 PM

    Pat Haden’s going to ride it out with Kiffin till the sanctions end then start fresh.

  9. billmead1976 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:02 PM

    1. Why do you need a running game coordinator, a passing game coordinator and an offensive coordinator?

    2. Why do you have 2 offensive line coaches, then have the special teams guy coach the tight ends?

    3. A DC fired from the Cardinals and fired from the Chiefs and fired from Cal.

    USC is a mess. They win 4 – 5 games next year and then it’s clean house.

  10. mogogo1 says: Feb 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    Coaches on seats as hot as Kiffin’s aren’t in a great position to attract top assistants. Thus, you see guys jumping up from lower level programs and guys who got dumped from their NFL jobs. Does anybody really believe Lane is going to hit a home run with any of these hires?

  11. thekatman says: Feb 25, 2013 1:48 PM

    Unless you are privy to the inner sanctum of the USC Athletic Department and the AD, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    On the outside, it seems that yes, Kiffin is in the hotseat, but unless you know what his contract states, and those of the coaches, we are all just guessing. Save your guesswork for Vegas.

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