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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Might Seto stay at USC?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Recruits say the darnedest things, and linebacker Soma Vainuku (Eureka, Calif./Eureka) may have revealed that Rocky Seto won't be leaving USC after all.

Consider what Vainuku told ESPN.com's Greg Biggins:

"I was scheduled to visit Oregon State but I'm going to visit USC now," Vainuku said. "I had a home visit last week with Rocky Seto and he told me how bad they want me to play for them.

"They basically offered me, Rocky said he wants coach (Lane) Kiffin to be the one to do it so I'm just waiting for his phone call. I have a good relationship with Rocky and I'm pretty sure he'll be staying on the new staff so that's great for him and the program."

Seto was USC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach last year. When Kiffin hired Willie Mack Garza to oversee the Trojans secondary -- Kiffin's dad, Monte, was already aboard as the coordinator -- it seemed likely that Seto would by cast aside.

Not so fast.

Seto could end up replacing Ken Norton as linebackers coach. Norton followed Pete Carroll to the Seattle Seahawks.

Seto, who played linebacker for USC -- he was 1997 walk on who earned a scholarship the next season -- and he coached the position from 2004-2005.

Seto, who has coached at USC his entire career, which started in 1999, might be a valuable presence for Kiffin to keep around. He brings both continuity and a different personality to the new staff.

Looks like Kiffin might believe just that.