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USC officially hires DC, OL coach

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USC officially named Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as its defensive coordinator on Monday, as yet another former Husky assistant joined new Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian in Los Angeles.

Wilcox was Boise State’s DC from 2006-2009 and then spent two seasons at Tennessee before going to Washington in 2012.

Along with Wilcox, USC has also hired former Washington assistants Marques TuiasosopoJohnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon, all of whom coached with Sarkisian in Seattle.

One coach who is not from Washington was also announced Monday: Current San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who will fill the same role for USC once the 49ers finish their playoff run. Drevno coached under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2010 before moving to the NFL.

 

 

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8 Responses to “USC officially hires DC, OL coach”
  1. thekatman says: Dec 30, 2013 10:54 PM

    Drevno is the best hire of all of them. God help the opposition. SC will finally get to play SC football.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Dec 30, 2013 11:06 PM

    The Drevno move is hard to understand unless he simply dislikes Harbaugh. You don’t see a whole lot of coaches leave the NFL for a lateral position move. Throw in the fact that even if USC is matching his NFL salary, they can’t match that playoff money that is available in the pros. Wonder if he was already on his way out the door and this is a graceful out for all, ala Scotty Montgomery with the Steelers last year.

  3. thekatman says: Dec 30, 2013 11:12 PM

    Interesting hire, and a good one.

  4. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 30, 2013 11:37 PM

    Drevno was 1 of 2 OL coaches with the Niners, the other being Mike Solari, also a very good OL coach. Drevno, like most coaches, probably just wanted to step into a situation where he was The Man.

  5. polegojim says: Dec 30, 2013 11:50 PM

    The article makes it sound like Sarkisian had little to do with the hiring decisions…

    More than ‘joining’ him… I believe he hired them and they’ll be working for him…

  6. thekatman says: Dec 31, 2013 12:15 AM

    Ya gotta hire the best available at the time.

  7. asimonetti88 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:10 AM

    noaxetogrind says:
    Dec 30, 2013 11:06 PM
    The Drevno move is hard to understand unless he simply dislikes Harbaugh. You don’t see a whole lot of coaches leave the NFL for a lateral position move. Throw in the fact that even if USC is matching his NFL salary, they can’t match that playoff money that is available in the pros. Wonder if he was already on his way out the door and this is a graceful out for all, ala Scotty Montgomery with the Steelers last year.
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    He is a good coach who was not on his way out. He was one of 2 offensive line coaches for the 49ers, both of whom are very good. He likely wanted a chance to be “the man” if you will. Or he may have been offered more. Or he might just prefer college. No need to speculate, and no need to immediately jump to negative speculation if you do…

  8. noaxetogrind says: Dec 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    @ asimonetti,
    Thanks for the update, I didn’t realize that the Niners had 2 OL coaches. Certainly not the norm in the league. As for your admonition “no need to speculate”, you mean like you did with your speculation about “maybe he just wanted to be the man” or “may have been offered more”? Cuz, thats what forums like this are for, speculation. There are few facts presented on here, mostly opinion. What is a fact is that it is rare for an NFL position coach to leave the league for a lateral college job for all the reasons I already mentioned. You shed some light on some possible reasons, but just like me, yours is speculation as well.

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