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February 12, 2012
Trojans hire two assistants
Head coach Lane Kiffin told prospects attending the USC Junior Day that North Dakota State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton and former Nebraska secondary coach Marvin Sanders have been hired to coach linebackers and defensive backs respectively.
We can confirm the hiring of Hazelton through a source close to the North Dakota State coaching staff. We can also confirm that Sanders told friends in Lincoln at a going-away party that he has accepted the a job at USC.
Footballscoop.com has also confirmed the two hires.
Hazelton spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the 2011 FCS national champion Bison. NDSU won the national championship out of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The Bison gave up just 27 points in their four-game playoff run this season, finishing up with a 17-6 championship game win over homestate Sam Houston State in Frisco, Tex., in January.
Marvin Sanders, a Chicago native, was a defensive back at Nebraska from 1985 through 1989 and an assistant coach at Nebraska in 2003 under Frank Solich and from 2008 through 2011 under Bo Pelini. He left the Huskers in February of last year citing personal reasons.
Sanders recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Florida Atlantic as the defensive coordinator for head coach Carl Pelini, older brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.
Both Sanders and Hazelton have experience working in the Tampa-2 defense made famous by Monte Kiffin in the NFL.
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more updates on the new Trojan assistant coaches.