USC coach Clay Helton has hired Joe DeForest, who was special teams coach at Kansas last season. DeForest was the defensive coordinator at West Virginia in 2012 and then coached special teams from 2013-15.
Since USC already has 10 assistant coaches, it will probably give DeForest some type of title like special teams quality control assistant. Maybe this hire will help last season’s dreadful special teams. It can’t hurt.
Since Helton seems to rarely hire assistants without a prior connection, here is this one: Helton’s first coaching job was as an assistant at Duke in 1995-96. DeForest was Duke’s linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
You didn’t think DeForest just applied for the job did you? Just be glad he didn’t come from Western Kentucky.