USC Trojans: Bo Davis

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USC loses a player, gains a coach

January, 8, 2014
Steve Sarkisian completed his USC coaching staff Wednesday with the hiring of defensive line coach Bo Davis, but he also lost a tight end as junior Xavier Grimble announced he'd enter the NFL draft.

Grimble is the fifth Trojans starter to opt to leave before his eligibility is over, joining receiver Marqise Lee, safety Dion Bailey, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. The Trojans still have two scholarship tight ends in senior-to-be Randall Telfer and junior-to-be Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.

The Davis hire obviously means that Ed Orgeron, the Trojans' former interim head coach after the firing of Lane Kiffin, won't be returning. He resigned when Sarkisian was hired, but Sarkisian said he would make another run at hiring Orgeron, a specialist with defensive linemen and one of the nation's top recruiters.

Davis spent the past three seasons coaching the defensive tackles at Texas under Mack Brown. Before going to Texas, he spent eight of the previous nine years on Nick Saban's staffs at Alabama, LSU and the Miami Dolphins.

Sarkisian retained two members of USC's 2013 staff -- receivers coach Tee Martin and offensive coordinator Clay Helton -- and brought in five members of his former staff at Washington. Davis and offensive line coach Tim Drevno, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, were the only outside hires.

Here's how Sarkisian's nine-man staff stacks up:

Clay Helton, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator
Johnny Nansen, running backs/special teams coordinator
Tee Martin, receivers
Tim Drevno, offensive line/running game coordinator
Marques Tuiasosopo, tight ends/associate head coach offense
Bo Davis, defensive line
Peter Sirmon, linebackers/recruiting coordinator
Keith Heyward, defensive backs

USC hires Davis as DL coach

January, 7, 2014
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian added the final piece of the puzzle to his new coaching staff on Tuesday with the announcement that Bo Davis has been hired as the Trojans’ defensive line coach.

"It is great to welcome Bo to USC," Sarkisian said. "He is one of the outstanding defensive line coaches in the country and makes for a great addition to our coaching staff."

A native of Magee, Miss., Davis lands at USC after spending the last three years at Texas, where he coached defensive tackles. In 2011 the Longhorns were 11th in the nation in total defense and sixth in rushing defense. Texas was fifth nationally in sacks (3.1 per game) this past season.

Prior to his stint in Austin, Davis, 42, spent eight of the previous nine years on Nick Saban-led staffs at Alabama, LSU and with the Miami Dolphins. It was during his four years (2007-10) as the defensive line coach for the Crimson Tide that his reputation grew, as he helped develop standout performers such as Marcell Dareus, Terrence Cody and Wallace Gilberry for a defense that was consistently ranked in the Top 10 in a number of categories. Alabama was 42-10 during his time there, and the Crimson Tide won the 2010 BCS Championship Game.

As a player, Davis was a three-year letterman (1990-92) at nose guard at LSU, where he would later serve as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2002-05.

The addition of Davis completes a USC staff that also includes Tim Drevno (offensive line/running game coordinator), Clay Helton (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Keith Heyward (defensive backs), Tee Martin (wide receivers), Johnny Nansen (running backs/special teams), Peter Sirmon (linebackers), Marques Tuiasosopo (tight ends), Justin Wilcox (defensive coordinator) and Ivan Lewis (strength and conditioning).