The recruiting beat goes on for USC head coach Lane Kiffin, although he will now shift his attention from high school seniors to a slightly older crowd. Already facing one coaching vacancy, Kiffin will now need to make two hires, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that the San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement with USC linebackers coach Joe Barry to fill that position with the Chargers.
Barry had become a significant part of the USC coaching staff, developing a very young group of linebackers into one of the top returning units in the conference, and transitioning into an impact recruiter for the Trojans.
His departure would leave the Trojans down two coaches, as former defensive backs coach Willie Mack Garza was never replaced after leaving the program days before the start of the 2011 season. It will be interesting to see the direction Kiffin goes in the search for a linebackers coach, as the players -- led by Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard and Lamar Dawson -- make it a very intriguing position, and the lengthy history of former USC linebackers is as impressive as any in the country.