More staff additions, changes at USC

January, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC promoted Rocky Seto to defensive coordinator and named linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., who also was considered for the coordinator job, assistant head coach for defense.

The Trojans also announced that Jethro Franklin is returning to coach the defensive line.

That means USC now has two coordinators -- Seto on defense and John Morton on offense -- who won't call plays. The team also now has two assistant head coaches -- Norton on defense and new quarterbacks coach Carl Smith on offense. Smith will call plays.

Coach Pete Carroll, who calls the defense, lost both his coordinators to Washington, with Steve Sarkisian (offense) becoming the Huskies' head coach and Nick Holt (defense) getting a three-year, $2.1 million contract to rebuild the woeful Huskies defense.

Franklin, 43, was the USC defensive line coach in 2005 when the Trojans went 12-1 and played in the BCS National Championship Game. He then went on to coach the defensive lines with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006 and the Houston Texans the past two seasons (2007-08).

He has 18 years of coaching experience, all handling the defensive line. He began by coaching eight years (1991-98) at his alma mater, Fresno State, then spent the 1999 season at UCLA before coaching five years (2000-04) with the Green Bay Packers.

Seto, 32, has spent his entire coaching career at USC, beginning in 1999, after playing for the Trojans. He began as a volunteer assistant in 1999 and an administrative graduate assistant in 2000, then was made a graduate assistant in 2001 and 2002 upon Carroll's arrival at USC. He then was elevated to full-time status, working with the Trojans' safeties in 2003, the linebackers in 2004 and 2005 and the secondary the past three seasons (2006-08).

Norton, 42, has been working with the Trojans' linebackers the past five seasons (2004-08). The former UCLA All-American played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

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