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Burns expected to be named new secondary coach

It is expected that USC Trojans’ head coach Clay Helton will soon officially announce that former USC secondary coach Greg Burns is returning to the cardinal and gold to assume the same position responsibility he held back in 2003-05. Before coming back to the Trojans’ program, Burns has most recently been the secondary coach at Oregon State (2018).

After his first tour of duty as the Trojans secondary coach, the much-traveled Burns departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006) and from there on to Kansas State (2007), ASU 2008-11), Purdue (2012), UMass (2013), Cal (2014-16), and then Oregon State. Prior to first coaching assignment at Troy, Burns also coached at Washington State, Idaho State, and Louisville.

No longer listed on the Oregon State football staff website, Burns, a former DB for the Washington State Cougars, was part of Pete Carroll’s national title teams (2003-04). According to his bio, Burns coached Trojans Troy Polamalu and Darnell Bing, two former All-Americans. During his first tenure at Troy, USC was 48-4. He has 12 combined seasons as a coach in the Pac-12.

Burns will charged with molding a new secondary without Iman Marshall, Marvell Tell lll, Ajene Harris, and Jonathan Lockett, all of whom have moved on. The expected new secondary coach will have some notable talent in which to work with in returners Olaijah Griffen, Talanoa Hufanga (photo above – No. 15), Isaiah Pola-Mao, Greg Johnson, C.J. Pollard, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, and Chase Williams, who specifically had an eye-opening game against Notre Dame.



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Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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