Clay Helton has hired Tim Drevno to be USC’s running backs coach, according to TrojanSports.com. Drevno was USC’s offensive line coach in 2014. So that explains how he got hired: Helton already knew him and that’s how Helton likes to hire people.
This is a fairly safe hire but it doesn’t come close to last year’s hiring of Deland McCullough as running backs coach. For one thing, Drevno has not coached running backs since 1998 at UNLV. He was USC’s run-game coordinator but that’s a lot different than knowing how to coach Stephen Carr or the rest of the tailbacks. McCullough was a running back and knew how to talk to a player like a player.
Also, Jim Harbaugh appears to have forced Drevno out at Michigan. Frankly, if USC hired Drevno back to coach the offensive line you could make the case this is an upgrade from the current staff. Instead, it is a downgrade. That might be harsh on Drevno, but McCullough set a high bar. And Helton lowered by going with another safe choice.