Pac-12: Carl Smith

USC hires Bates to call plays

January, 19, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that USC has hired Jeremy Bates, the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan, to run the Trojans' offense next fall.

Here's more on the hire.

That would strongly suggest Carl Smith, who USC coach Pete Carroll recently hired as his quarterbacks coach with play-calling responsibilities, is headed to Cleveland.

Carroll previously promoted assistant John Morton to offensive coordinator, though his duties were understood from the beginning not to include play calling.

USC's offensive coordinator in 2008, Steve Sarkisian, is the new head coach for Washington.

USC hires Carl Smith to call plays

January, 7, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Matt Leinart's tutor is returning to USC.

USC has hired Carl Smith, 60, to be USC's quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach overseeing the offense. Smith, the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, will call plays, though John Morton was promoted to offensive coordinator to replace Steve Sarkisian, now Washington's head coach.

The school also announced that Mark Jackson, 36, is returning to serve as senior associate athletic director for football. He previously was USC's director of football administration during Pete Carroll's first four seasons (2001-04), taking on the additional title of assistant athletic director in 2003.

Carroll also promoted secondary coach Rocky Seto to assistant head coach for defense, though the coordinator position vacated by Nick Holt, who joined Sarkisian at Washington, has yet to be filled.