Two names could top Wulff's RB coaching list

AFTER THREE SEASONS coaching the running backs at Washington State, the last two under Paul Wulff, assistant Steve Broussard is leaving, WSU spokesman Bill Stevens confirmed. CF.C has further learned from two other sources that Broussard will join Dennis Erickson at Arizona State. The attention on the Palouse now turns to who Wulff might tab as his new RB coach.

Broussard is no stranger to Erickson. He was a rushing and receiving dynamo for WSU's 1988 Aloha Bowl team that Erickson coached.

Wulff's search for a successor will need to factor not only the coaching chores, but also Broussard's recruiting territory. He had a considerable network of connections in the L.A. Basin. Broussard also served as WSU's special teams coach the last two seasons.

As for succesors, one intriguing name could be Todd McNair, the USC running backs coach the past six years. McNair said after Pete Carroll accepted the Seattle Seahawks job he might not be returning to USC, and that he wouldn't be joining Carroll in Seattle.

Southern California newspapers have indicated McNair is indeed leaving the Trojans. Some beat writers have also opined USC might be showing the NCAA a fall guy by cutting ties with the running backs coach who mentored Reggie Bush.

"One story going around Heritage Hall is that Lane Kiffin told all the Pete Carroll-era assistants to start looking for jobs," wrote Scott Wolf on Jan. 15, 2010 in the Daily News.

A potential move by McNair to WSU would seem a good fit for the Cougars given Broussard's recruiting area. McNair, having spent the past six seasons at 'SC, is generally regarded as one of college football's bes recruiters -- he was named one of the nation's top 5 assistant coach recruiters by CBS in 2007.

McNair also coordinated the Trojan special teams from 2005 through 2008.

McNair joined the Trojan staff in February of 2004. In 2005, Bush won the Heisman Trophy and joined fellow RB LenDale White as the first pair of USC runners to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in the same season.

Before USC, he spent the previous 3 seasons (2001-03) as the Cleveland Browns running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns.

McNair came under scrutiny in 2007 when it was reported he had been involved back in the '90s for mistreatment of animals. The most serious charges from more than a decade ago were dismissed but he was convicted on animal mistreatment charges according to The LA Times.

Other potential candidates could include Kasey Dunn, who was at Washington State from 1998-2002.

Dunn's first season with the Cougs, he was the running backs coach. In 1999 he added special teams coordinator to his duties and in 2001, he also became the assistant head coach.

Dunn spent last season in the NFL as Seattle's running backs coach after spending the previous 15 years in the collegiate ranks. His stops have included Maryland, Baylor, TCU and Arizona.

There has been some buzz that he may already we headed to Southern Mississippi as receivers coach.

As a player, Dunn was a three-time All-American who still holds Idaho school records for career receptions (268) and receiving yards (3,847), while ranking No. 2 in touchdown receptions (25). He ended his collegiate career then ranked No. 2 all-time in Division I-AA behind Jerry Rice in both receptions and receiving yards.

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