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Director of Player Personnel Austin Thomas is headed back to LSU after 3 months at USC

USC is back in the market for a Director of Player Personnel after the departure of Austin Thomas.

After spending less than three months at USC as an Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Player Personnel & NFL Research, Austin Thomas is returning to the Bayou.

Thomas is heading back to the LSU Tigers, head coach Les Miles announced on Monday. 

He returns to the Tigers after spending the previous three years as their Director of Player Personnel before USC hired him away in February not long after National Signing Day. Upon his return, Thomas received a promotion to Assistant Athletic Director as well as retaining his Director of Player Personnel title.

“We are excited to have Austin back on the staff,” Miles said in the statement. “We hated to see him leave so we were thrilled when we were able to get him back. Austin is extremely talented and detail-oriented and he’s played a big role in our recruiting success over the last three years.”

Thomas, who previously spent four years at USC from 2010-2013, was hired at USC in part to help organize the Trojans' recruiting efforts following the departure of linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon. Since Thomas' hire on Feb. 18, USC had reportedly extended more than 85 offers with only 16 of those being directed at California prospects.

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