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John Baxter hired away from Michigan, returns to USC as special teams coordinator

Michigan special teams coordinator John Baxter returns to USC for the same position.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the second time this season, the Michigan football program will have to replace a coordinator.

The USC football program announced on Thursday that it has hired John Baxter, U-M's current special teams coordinator, for the same position. Baxter will be returning to USC after spending the 2010-2013 seasons as the Trojans' special teams coordinator.

"We are very excited to welcome back John Baxter to our Trojan Family," said USC head coach Clay Helton in a statement.  "He is one of the most respected coaches in our profession at any position.  His units have been near the top of the collegiate special team efficiency rankings almost every year.  Having worked alongside him in the past, I know Coach Baxter as one of the best teachers and skill developers in football today.  We look forward to our special teams rising to greater heights under him."

Baxter is credited for improving the Wolverines' special teams play and brings 34 years of coaching experience to the USC program.

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