The coaching staff for the Trojans was completed this week with the announcements that Steve Sarkisian will return as QB coach, Lane Kiffin will move to WR coach and Tim Davis will be brought in to assist Keith Uperesa on the OL and also handle the TE's.
Sarkisian was a popular choice for Carson Palmer and the quarterbacks after he served in a graduate assistant role last season. Coach "Sark" had recently been hired by San Diego State as QB coach but Pete Carroll and Norm Chow felt it was important to have a full time QB coach on the Trojan staff and the decision was made to bring him back. The immediate impact will be continuity for Palmer as he will head into his senior season with the same two coaches he worked with last year and that should pay dividends with the progression of this system.
Kiffin is a rising star on the staff and it was obvious that his role needed to be expanded both on and off the field. Lane has been given extended responsibilities for national recruiting and his duties will now move to the wide receivers, an important unit that will need to see increased results this year.
Davis has a reputation as a tremendous line coach for his work at Wisconsin with both the OL and the TE position. The Trojans wanted to bring in a coach who could assist Uperesa on the OL and the hire of Davis allows them to also bring in a quality coach who can handle the vital TE position as well. Davis is a Wisconsin grad who served as the TE coach for the Badgers from 1997 through this year. He also coached the OL at Utah for six years where he faced Chow and BYU and prior to that he was the OL coach at Wisconsin in the 80's. Davis was also the primary in state recruiter for the Badgers and should have plenty of Midwest recruiting contacts to help the Trojans in that area.