Friday, February 17, 2012
Kiffin makes coaching hires official
By Kevin Gemmell
More of a formality at this point, but USC head coach Lane Kiffin officially announced Marvin Sanders and Scottie Hazelton as coaches. Kiffin initially told recruits at USC's Junior Day over the weekend that Sanders and Hazelton had been hired.
Sanders will serve as secondary coach and Hazelton will coach linebackers.
“Marvin had great success coaching the defensive backs at Nebraska and we believe that will translate well to our secondary, which is the most critical area we need to improve upon in 2012," Kiffin said in a statement. "Scottie is coming to us after helping North Dakota State win the NCAA FCS championship and coordinating a defense that led the nation in scoring defense in 2011, after it was 90th in that category before he took it over just two years ago.”
In December, Sanders, 44, was hired as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Florida Atlantic. Prior to that he spent three years as Nebraska's defensive backs coach.
Hazelton, 38, spent the past five seasons (2007-11) at North Dakota State, the first three handling the defensive line and the past two as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Here's the full release, with a note that Kiffin expects to announce another assistant coach hiring soon, which is presumed to be Tee Martin as the wide receivers coach.