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January 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian completed his coaching staff Tuesday by announcing the hiring of Bo Davis as defensive line coach. Davis, 42, coached the last three seasons at Texas, under former coach Mack Brown. “It is great to welcome Bo to USC,” Sarkisian said in a statement. “He is one of the outstanding defensive line coaches in the country and makes for a great addition to our coaching staff.” Before coaching at Texas, Davis worked as an assistant under Nick Saban at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa had some time on his hands last fall. So defensive line coach Angus McClure put him to work. Odighizuwa sat out the 2013 season after having two hip surgeries. McClure gave the 6-foot 3, 270-pounder other responsibilities to keep him engaged while he rehabilitated. “I made it a point to have him work with our younger players,” McClure said. “It was easy for him to do. He is an intrinsically motivated person.” Kyle Fitts, a freshman defensive end last fall, said that Odighizuwa was an effective teacher.
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December 20, 2012 | By Chris Foster
There was some disbelief last winter when first-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora installed Angus McClure as defensive line coach. McClure had spent most of his college career working with offensive linemen and tight ends. He had never coached defensive linemen on that level, and had spent three of his previous five years off the field, serving three years as the on-campus recruiting coordinator. At first glance, he didn't seem like a logical fit, and one of his first moves didn't do much to change that impression among players.
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April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
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October 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC is in the process of adding veteran defensive line coach Pete Jenkins to its staff, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday. Jenkins, 72, coached at Louisiana State and numerous other college programs in the South before joining the Philadelphia Eagles' staff in 2006. Jenkins retired after the 2009 season. USC has only three defensive coaches. Orgeron oversees the defensive line, Mike Ekeler linebackers and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also coaches defensive backs.
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August 21, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Heading into last season, UCLA's defensive line was considered one of its strengths. Heading out of it, that unit was a clear weakness. Offenses ran roughshod over UCLA's front line and ultimately torched the Bruins for 190.6 rushing yards a game. UCLA surrendered more than 200 rushing yards in seven games, including in the Pac-12 championship, when Oregon ran for 352 yards and rolled the Bruins, 49-31. In the end, UCLA's rushing defense ranked 96th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and next to last in the Pac-12 Conference.
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August 22, 2012 | By Gary Klein
George Uko started two games last season for USC. That qualifies the sophomore as a veteran defensive lineman for a Trojans team opening this season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the coaches' poll. "That makes me play better," Uko says of his role as an elder, "because I feel like I need to step up. " The situation demands it. USC is counting on Uko and senior end Wes Horton to lead a line that is regarded as the Trojans' biggest question mark. A few weeks before training camp began this month, tailback depth was the Trojans' most pressing issue.
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October 14, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
An upper respiratory infection is sweeping through the Bruins, especially the defensive line, causing several players to sit out practice and raising questions about the lineup for Saturday. Six players sat out Wednesday's workout--including Ed Anderson because of pneumonia and a 104-degree temperature--and 15 others participated with symptoms ranging from sinus problems to fever to sore throats.
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October 15, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN and THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Bruins face Oregon State next week. The Beavers feature Ken Simonton, the leading rusher in the Pacific 10 Conference, and the Bruins might be forced to try to stop him without three of their top defensive linemen. Kenyon Coleman remains sidelined after knee surgery. Sean Phillips, Coleman's replacement, severely sprained his left ankle on the second play of Saturday's game and watched the rest of the game on crutches. Rusty Williams injured his right foot and also needed crutches.
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August 21, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD
When Darrell Russell left USC a year early and became the second pick in the NFL draft, he left the Trojans with a big hole on the defensive line. It measures about 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds. End George Perry is the only returning starter, and both tackles are gone--Russell and Matt Keneley. Senior Cedric Jefferson (6-2, 280) is taking Russell's position and junior Marc Matock is the other tackle. Junior Lawrence Larry, who Coach John Robinson said is having a great camp, is the other end.
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February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA is certainly Jim Mora's team. His third - and arguably least successful - recruiting day came and went. The players he recruited now outnumber the ones he inherited - although quarterback Brett Hundley is a handy guy to still have around. So where the Bruins are now headed has Mora's coaching DNA. "We talked last year about consistency," Mora said. "Now I'm looking to go win some games that people don't think we can win on a more consistent basis. I don't want to make excuses about going to Stanford and losing or going to Oregon and losing.
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January 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Chris Wilson, Georgia's defensive line coach last season, has been hired as defensive line coach at USC, Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Friday. "We are thrilled to add Chris Wilson to our coaching staff,” Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He is one of the premier defensive line coaches in the country and he is also a great recruiter.” Wilson was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State before joining Georgia's staff. The former Oklahoma linebacker also coached at Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois State, Army and Indiana State, USC said in its release announcing his hiring.
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January 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Less than a week after announcing that Bo Davis was the new defensive line coach on his USC staff, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday that Davis had changed his mind and would take a similar position at Alabama. "We wish Bo and his family the best of luck.  He is a good coach," Sarkisian said in a statement on the athletic department's website. "We will move forward and find a great coach for our defensive line. " Sarkisian said Davis, who played at Louisiana State and coached the last three seasons at Texas, reconsidered because of family reasons.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC center Marcus Martin announced Friday that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. "Thank you Trojan Family for all that you've done for me!" Martin wrote on his Twitter feed. "This will be a season I will never forget as long as I live and I wanna thank the coaches my teammates and the fans for all that we've endured as a family! I am and always be a Trojan for life" Martin, who played at Crenshaw High, started two seasons at guard before moving to center this season.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
John Baxter, USC's special teams coach the last four seasons, said he was told by new Coach Steve Sarkisian that he would not be part of his Trojans staff. Baxter said he met with Sarkisian earlier this week and was told there was not a scenario that he would remain with the staff. “I'm proud of the work we've done collectively and proud of the work I've done at USC,” Baxter said Thursday night. “I enjoyed every day working there. I'm proud of what was accomplished on the field and academically.” Baxter, who coached for 13 seasons at Fresno State before coming to USC, was responsible for implementing an “Academic Gameplan” designed to help players stay on track toward graduation.
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December 22, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC safety Dion Bailey is expected to announce Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. On Sunday, Bailey posted on his Twitter feed that he would announce his decision Monday at noon. After the Trojans' 45-20 Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State on Saturday, Bailey said that if he leaves he would be proud to have been part of two 10-win seasons, to have started at two positions and to have graduated. He said returning would offer an opportunity to improve, play for a conference title and perhaps earn postseason honors.
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September 29, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC's concern shifted from its secondary to the defensive line on Wednesday as the top-ranked Trojans scrambled to fill possible holes created by injuries. Defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey, who suffered a sprained ankle last week against Oregon, did not practice and his status for Saturday's game at No. 14 Arizona State is uncertain. Ramsey's backup, Travis Tofi, sat out because of back spasms. "We've been on the verge of thin for a while," USC Coach Pete Carroll said.
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September 7, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's an indication of the depth of the Bruin defensive line: Coaches are reluctant to play Ken Kocher on Saturday against Kansas, even though he has made a swift recovery from a separated shoulder suffered against Alabama. The senior tackle has not practiced this week. That's enough reason for his backups, Anthony Fletcher and Sean Phillips, to steal his playing time.
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December 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Philadelphia plays at Dallas in a winner-take-all game next Sunday with the NFC East title hanging in the balance. That means another mental matchup between Eagles Coach Chip Kelly and Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Kelly and Kiffin are familiar foes, as Kelly was head coach at Oregon when Kiffin was defensive coordinator at USC. A year ago, Kelly's Ducks generated the most yards ever against the Trojans. USC's biggest meltdown in 2012 was a 62-51 loss to Oregon, in which the Ducks gained 730 yards, including 321 on the ground by Kenjon Barner.
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