Sources: Utah St. coach joins team

Packer Report has learned John Rushing, a minority coaching intern here last summer, will join the staff in a to-be-announced role.

John Rushing, a defensive backs coach at Utah State for the last six seasons, will join the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff in a to-be-announced role, sources told Packer Report.

The news was confirmed in a press release by the school on Wednesday night.

Rushing has been at Utah State for six seasons. While there, he coached Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush, who ranked sixth in the nation in pass breakups and was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior. He also coached the Aggies' punt return units.

It's not clear what role he'll have in Green Bay. The Packers are not announcing any more coaching moves until new coordinator Dom Capers has completed his staff.

"Coach Rushing sees this as a good opportunity. Every coach has great interest to coach at the NFL level so this was a chance that John just couldn't pass up," new Utah State coach Gary Andersen said of Rushing, who was the lone assistant he retained. "I'd never hold someone back from moving up in the professional ranks. We're sad to lose him and we wish him the best at the next level."

Rushing was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Washington State and set a school record by starting 46 games. His brother, Kevin Robinson, was an All-American receiver at Utah State and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

Rushing was in Green Bay last summer as part of the NFL's Minority Internship Program.

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