Steve Sarkisian has finally completed the hiring of his staff at USC, having reportedly hired University of Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson, according to Pete Roussel:
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 16, 2014
D-line coach has been a tough position for Sarkisian to fill since taking over at USC, having failed to bring in former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi (due to potential NCAA violations), and bringing back Ed Orgeron was never going to happen. It seemed the team had their man when Bo Davis arrived, but he lasted a week before leaving for Alabama.
According to Roussel, Wilson had initially turned down the Trojans, but has clearly reconsidered:
In looking for a defensive line coach, Steve Sarkisian initially pursued Chris Wilson at Georgia, who declined. With Bo Davis off to Alabama, it will be interesting to see if Sark shifts running backs coach / special teams coordinator Johnny Nansen to defensive line.
Before he joined Georgia, Wilson held the defensive coordinator role at Mississippi State for three years. His Bulldogs averaged 2.5 sacks per game during his tenure, and 81 tackles per loss during the season. With recruitment set to return as a priority, having a coach in place is vital for attracting top talent.
Unless Wilson also jumps ship at some point next week, the USC staff looks set for 2014.