Kiffin Brings Exciting Staff

When Pete Carroll was at his height at USC, it was due in large part because of the quality assistants that he had on his coaching staff. Now without Carroll, many of those same assistants are returning to Los Angeles to see if they can recapture the magic that made the Trojans so great, and the players think that is the perfect formula for success.

When Pete Carroll was at his height at USC, it was due in large part because of the quality assistants that he had on his coaching staff.

Now without Carroll, many of those same assistants are returning to Los Angeles to see if they can recapture the magic that made the Trojans so great, and the players think that is the perfect formula for success.

"I think it's a blessing to have big names like that coming in after somebody as great as Pete Carroll left," Byron Moore said. "To be able to pull in a staff like this, I think we will have a bright future ahead of us.

"It's nice to get someone that is familiar with the program and has been here before."

After days of wild rumors and speculation that had USC reportedly looking at Mike Riley and Jack Del Rio among others, a bombshell was dropped Tuesday night when the school announced that Lane Kiffin was leaving the SEC to come back to USC.

"I got a text message from my cousin and he was like ‘Lane Kiffin, wow!' and I knew what he was talking about," USC wide receiver Brice Butler said. "I knew that he was talking about Lane Kiffin possibly being the coach. But I hadn't heard anything, and I didn't even know they were targeting Kiffin. So I turned the television on, and as soon as I turned it on, it was breaking news."

When Butler first heard about the hire, he immediately thought back to former USC wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, and all the good things Hazelton said about Kiffin in the past.

"I remembered when Vidal (Hazelton) was here all he did was talk about Kiffin and what a great coach he was," Butler said. "I called Vidal just to make sure that all of that was true and he was like, ‘Yeah man, Lane Kiffin is a great coach.'"

The enthusiasm around the team and the fans right now isn't just about the new head coach, but about the assistant coaches (Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron) that he is bring with him from Tennessee.

Not to mention the fact that Norm Chow is reportedly in contract discussion to return to USC as well.

"I heard that Norm Chow was coming back and I was like ‘Shoot, this might be for the better,'" Butler said. "Pretty much the whole coaching staff is back from when they were running on all cylinders."

Following a 9-4 season in which the Trojans appeared to have lost some of their trademark swagger, Tuesday's coaching news has infused the program with some needed energy.

"I can tell you for a fact that all of my teammates were happy," Butler said. "I room with T.J. Bryant, Allen Bradford and Marc Tyler and as soon as I told them they all had the same reaction.

"Everybody was pretty happy about the coaching staff coming in. Right now it's pretty exciting."


Ed Orgeron will lead the recruiting charge for USC.

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