Sources tell me the hiring of a new defensive coordinator will be directly handled by USC athletic director Mike Bohn.
That could greatly expand the list of possible candidates because it might not matter as much if Clay Helton is comfortable with the new coach.
It will also provide more insight into Bohn. If he hires someone Helton already knows, it will show Bohn is as weak with his football coach as he was with Carol Folt, when he carried out her orders keeping Helton.
It is also likely a good defensive coordinator will want to bring in his own team and might replace linebackers coach Johnny Nansen, defensive backs coach Greg Burns and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a.
Imagine being Burns or Kauha’aha’a, who were hired last year and now must be approved by a new defensive coordinator to remain at USC.