I’ve heard some good things about Joe DeForest, who recently joined the coaching staff and is apparently helping the defense. He is replacing linebackers coach Johnny Nansen during spring practice because Nansen underwent knee surgery.
But a writer from West Virginia told me that DeForest’s one season as defensive coordinator was a disaster. The Mountaineers defense allowed 472.5 yards of total offense and 37 points a game. DeForest was demoted to special teams coordinator/safeties coach.
It sounds like he is a better position coach and I’ve heard rumblings he will be a position coach next season. Besides, having a bad season as coordinator doesn’t affect anyone’s status, especially at USC.