USC coach Lane Kiffin will look outside his current coaching staff to fill the role of defensive coordinator, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The new defensive coordinator will also handle play-calling for the defense, a role that had been held since 2010 by assistant head coach Monte Kiffin, Lane’s father, who will resign after the upcoming Sun Bowl.
There had been speculation that USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron -- who held the title of defensive coordinator since 2010 -- would be a leading candidate for the play-caller role. Instead, Orgeron will be given the title of assistant head coach in addition to his current D-line and recruiting roles.
"Ed and myself are on the exact same page here," Kiffin told The Times. "Our No. 1 goal is to bring USC back to a championship level on defense. In order to do that we need to bring in someone from the outside."
One of the biggest credentials for the Trojans new defensive play-caller will be experience -- and success -- against the spread option offenses that have populated college football in recent years, particularly in the Pac-12 Conference.
Kiffin didn’t name any specific candidates or give a deadline to conclude his search.