USC Football: Steve Sarkisian's Staff Is Finally Taking Shape

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IApril 6, 2017

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With the news that USC Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian has secured the services of tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, per, there only remain a few spots open on his inaugural 2014 staff.

Among other assistant gigs that needed filling were offensive line and strength and conditioning coaches, but Sark has moved quickly to fill those vacancies.

USC has announced that Ivan Lewis, Sarkisian's strength and conditioning coach at Washington, will assume that position in Southern California.

With a depleted roster facing Sark in 2014, knowing that his athletes are in prime shape will be greatly appreciated.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Steve Sarkisian speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new USC  head football coach at the John McKay Center at the University of Southern California on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by S
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However, while strength and conditioning is an integral part of a solid football program, as units go, the offensive line is absolutely crucial to a team's overall success.

And it is at this unit that Sark appears to have pulled off an absolute coup when it comes to the coaching of the "big uglies."

USC reported that San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Tim Drevno will take over as O-line coach for the Trojans in 2014.

With this hire, Sark will have secured the services of one of the most respected offensive line coaches in the game today.

Drevno shared offensive line coaching duties with Mike Solari while at San Francisco but has over 20 years of collegiate experience including stints at Stanford, UNLV and San Jose State.

Sark has now taken care of an important assistant position, and this hire is even more crucial with the Trojans expected to sign up to six offensive line recruits in this year's class.

The new head coach can turn his attention now to the last available spots on his staff, and perhaps one of those will be defensive line, where Trojan fans are holding their breath that Ed Orgeron will have a change of heart and come back to USC.

But even if this doesn't work out, Sark is assembling a fine group of assistants, and USC fans should feel very good about how their football team will be coached in 2014 and beyond.

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