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.