Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Staff changes: USC
By ESPN.com staff
Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.
Next up is USC , which only made a change at receivers coach.
Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.
John Morton, receivers (San Francisco 49ers)
Ted Gilmore, receivers
Reaction: Coach Lane Kiffin snatched up Gilmore when he was dispatched during a staff purge by Bo Pelini at Nebraska, where Gilmore had coached six years. He's also coached at Colorado and Purdue. Morton, who joined the USC staff in 2007, was also the Trojans "passing game coordinator" in 2010, and that title was not attached to Gilmore when his hiring was announced. The likelihood is that Kiffin and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will split that duty. Gilmore is considered a good recruiter, which surely played a role in his hiring. The Trojans also lost graduate assistant Keary Colbert, who apparently is looking to get back into the NFL. Colbert was considered a candidate for receivers coach. He officially was a "tight ends assistant" last season, so the Trojans still have a void there.