Oregon seeks a new defensive coordinator

The Oregon Ducks are searching for a new defensive coordinator and here are the first three names that seem to have popped up. According to sources Justin Wilcox, Peter Sirmon and Brady Hoke are the first three candidates that Oregon will interview for the vacant defensive coordinator position.

Wilcox and Sirmon are both Oregon graduates having been team mates in the late 1990.

Wilcox played cornerback for Oregon and graduated from the University with a degree in anthropology.  He was a graduate assistant at Boise State for two years then moved on to California where he spent for three seasons as a linebacker coach. He returned to Boise State in 2006 for two years as defensive coordinator before moving on to Tennessee in the same position. In 2012 he moved back to the Pacific Northwest to become defensive coordinator at Washington, leaving in 2013 to USC as the defensive coordinator until the end of the 2015 season.

Sirmon is currently a linebacker coach at USC. He graduated from Oregon in 1999 with a degree in political science and went on the spend seven years in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans. Following his NFL career, Sirmon coached at Central Washington in 2008, then in 2009 returned to Oregon as a graduate assistant. In 2010 he moved back to Knoxville, Tennessee for another term as a grad assistant for the University of Tennessee.  In 2012 he was hired by the University of Washington as a linebacker coach and stayed in Seattle for two years until he moved on the USC in 2014.

Hoke is the former head coach at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State. Hoke started his coaching career off at Yorktown (Ind.) High School after graduating from Ball State in 1980. He played linebacker in college, but his first coaching job he was the defensive coordinator as well as coaching the offensive line. His first collegiate job was at Grand Valley State University in 1983 where he coached the defensive line. From there he was at Western Michigan, again as the defensive line coach for the 1984-86 seasons. After that he switched to the University of Toledo, as a linebacker coach from 1987-89.

Hoke then gained some west coast experience by joining Dave Kragthorpe’s staff at Oregon State in 1989 and stayed when Jerry Pettibone took over and again coached the defensive line. He left Corvallis in 1994 to Michigan coaching defensive ends. He held various defensive coaching positions at Michigan until 2002 when he was hired by his Alma Mater, Ball State as the head coach a position he held until 2008. In 2008 Hoke was hired by San Diego State where he stayed until 2010. He became the Michigan headman in 2010, staying until 2014.

There has been no official announcement by the University of Oregon on when a hiring will take place

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