- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Lane Kiffin has filled his defensive coaching vacancies, hiring Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders as defensive backs coach and North Dakota State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton as linebackers coach. The hires were announced by Kiffin at USC's Junior Day on Sunday according to a source.
Sanders coached at Nebraska from 2008-11 before resigning in Feb. 2011, citing personal reasons. He was out of coaching for the remainder of the year before landing on the FAU staff under Carl Pelini this past December. Sanders served on that staff for just two months before making the move to USC.
Hazelton spent the past six seasons at North Dakota State, moving from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. Hazelton played his college football at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
Both coaches will inherit units at USC loaded with talent, as the defensive back seven returns every starter from 2011 and will add even more talent through transfers and the 2012 recruiting class.
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