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Report: USC hires veteran DL coach

Ed Orgeron AP

USC Tuesday has reportedly made a coaching hire, albeit not for the position previously occupied by the deposed Lane Kiffin.

According to Pete Roussel of, the Trojans have hired Pete Jenkins as their defensive line coach.  Roussel explains that Jenkins and interim head coach Ed Orgeron have been close for years, which apparently led to the move.

For what it’s worth, USC has yet to announce the addition of Jenkins to the coaching staff.

Orgeron had been serving as the Trojans’ line coach, but with the added responsibilities of head coach obviously decided to bring in some experience help.  And, with Jenkins, that’s exactly what he’ll get.

Jenkins’ coaching career stretches back 45 years, and includes collegiate coaching stops at Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Southern Miss.  He also spent time as an assistant with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

The 72-year-old Jenkins has been retired since 2009, so this is obviously nothing more than a stopgap move to right the ship for the remainder of the season.

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4 Responses to “Report: USC hires veteran DL coach”
  1. arrogantnation says: Oct 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Welcome Pete!

  2. mrlaloosh says: Oct 8, 2013 6:21 PM

    Jenkins can’t remember how to coach. Orgeron is a Red Bull moron. USC is incredibly desperate.

  3. pdcooper08 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    Come on Laloosh, how can you say that. Are you this guys caregiver or something. The guys a little older, but I’m sure coach O only needs the guy to handle to daily basics. It’s not like he’s going to try to re-invent the wheel. Coach O has made a good decision. This will allow him to focus on the bigger picture. Don’t be a hater.

  4. cubano76 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    Now they need to get rid if that snake oil salesman John Baxter.

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