Pac-12: Keary Colbert

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Staff changes: USC

March, 9, 2011
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.

John Morton leaves USC

January, 18, 2011
With receivers coach John Morton's departure for the San Francisco 49ers, the last holdout from Pete Carroll's staff has left USC.

Morton previously worked with new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh while the two were with the Oakland Raiders from 2002 until 2003 and also in 2005 when they coached at the University of San Diego. Morton had been with USC for four years and was called the "passing game coordinator" while head coach Lane Kiffin called the plays.

The Orange County Register speculates that Kiffin might promote former Trojans receiver Keary Colbert from graduate assistant (tight ends) to replace Morton. Kiffin and the school have not spoken on the matter.

More here from the LA Times.