Former USC assistant coach Johnny Nansen is close to being hired as UCLA defensive line coach, according to BruinReportOnline.
This is a strange hire. Nansen is a jack-of-all trades but hasn’t coached defensive line since 2011 at Washington.
Is he being hired for his recruiting abilities? That’s the only possible explanation I can imagine because no one in coaching circles ever mentioned Nansen’s coaching as one of his strengths.
This is where you get into the debate over how bad USC recruiting has been the past two years and whether Nansen is culpable or was completely hamstrung trying to recruit for Clay Helton.
Nansen certainly knows Southern California. And has recruited well at times for USC.
Maybe Chip Kelly thinks that is more important than having a good defensive line coach.
Nansen is lucky. He gets fired and a week later gets hired by UCLA. He doesn’t even have to move.