Source: Ted Gilmore leaves USC

Updated: February 7, 2012, 10:57 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | WeAreSC.com

LOS ANGELES -- After just one season serving as the wide receivers coach for the USC Trojans, Ted Gilmore has been hired by the Oakland Raiders for the same position, according to a source close to the program.

Gilmore had a terrific year with the Trojans, as receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee both eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and Woods set a Pac-12 conference record for catches in a season.

Gilmore leaves a good situation in L.A. Many have projected USC's receiving corps of Woods, Lee and talented second-year players George Farmer and Victor Blackwell as the potential best in the country in 2012.

It is an interesting twist in Gilmore's career, as coach Lane Kiffin attempted to hire him as the Raiders' receivers coach when serving as Oakland's head coach in 2007-08. Now, as Kiffin settles in for his third season at USC, Gilmore is leaving his staff for the silver and black.

The move leaves the Trojans with vacancies to fill at three coaching positions, as there are similar voids at defensive back and linebacker. Gilmore is the second coach to leave USC for the NFL in the span of a week, joining Joe Barry, who was hired by the San Diego Chargers as a linebackers coach after operating in the same capacity for the Trojans.

A source told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Pedro Moura that vetting and interviewing for the positions would begin in earnest this week after USC head coach Lane Kiffin put hiring on the backburner in the lead-up to National Signing Day last week.

USC's spring practice is scheduled to begin March 6.

Erik McKinney is a reporter for WeAreSC.com. Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Pedro Moura was used in this report.

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