The coaching changes continue for the Trojans with the addition of a new defensive back coach in Greg Burns and the departures of Wayne Moses and Kirby Wilson.
Burns comes to USC after spending four years at the University of Louisville and he also brings Pac 10 conference experience after playing at Washington State. Burns coached for the Cardinals with current Trojan linebacker coach Nick Holt and it can be assumed that Holt gave a vote of confidence to Pete Carroll when deciding to bring Burns to the staff.
Moses had been moved from recently from running backs coach to defensive back coach to replace DeWayne Walker but Wayne will now head north to Stanford where he will join the staff of new head coach Buddy Teevens. Wilson will be joining Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay as an assistant coach with the Buccaneers.
University of Louisville bio for Greg Burns
Experience:5th season overall / 4th at U of L
A former standout defensive back at the Washington State University, Greg
Burns enters his fourth season as cornerbacks coach at the University of
Led by a pair of senior cornerbacks, the 2000 U of L defense intercepted 27
passes to finish tops in the nation. Burns helped senior Rashad Holman
finish his career in style with Holman intercpeting six passes and breaking
up 20 to set a U of L single-season mark. Holman, who earned second-team
all-Conference USA honors, intercpted eventual Heisman Trophy winner Chris
Weinke twice during the Cardinals' trip to Florida State. As a unit, the
Cardinal defense finished 15th overall nationally and 20th in pass
efficiency defense. Making the 20th-place finish more impressive is the fact
that U of L finished 106th nationally in the category in 1998.
The 1999 campaign saw Burns' CBs help the Cardinal defense improve to 63rd
in the nation in pass efficiency defense while surrendering just two passing
touchdowns in the final seven weeks of the regular season.
Under his watchful eye, then-true freshman Anthony Floyd earned all-freshman
In his first season mentoring the cornerbacks, Burns helped transform
running back Antonio Roundtree into a first-team all-conference cornerback.
Roundtree broke up the second-most passes in a season in U of L history with
15 while Holman totaled 12 in 1998.
Burns joined the Louisville staff after spending one season at Idaho as
secondary coach. The former all-Pac 10 choice worked under the direction of
Vandal defensive coordinator and former Cardinal defensive line coach Nick
Holt in 1997.
In his one season at Idaho, Burns helped the Vandals register the 23rd-best
turnover ratio in Division I, recovering 10 fumbles and intercepting 13
A four-year letterwinner for the Cougars, Burns earned honorable mention
all-league honors as a sophomore in 1992.
He was honored in 1996 as the winner of the YMCA Athletic Director Award,
the Excellence in Academics Award and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar
Burns graduated from Washington State with a bachelor's degree in psychology
and earned his master's from Washington State two years later in counseling