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Barry announced as new linebackers coach

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joebarry.jpgJoe Barry, a former USC linebacker and assistant coach who spent the previous 10 years coaching in the NFL, has been officially hired as the new linebackers coach, new head coach Lane Kiffin announced today.

"When we were hired, we said we would put together the best coaching staff in the country," Kiffin said. "In Joe Barry, we've hit a home run. He was the only linebacker coach we went after and, although it took a while, we're excited to bring him back to the Trojan Family. He is an outstanding coach who has been part of Rose Bowl and Super Bowl championship teams, and he has produced some great linebackers during his terrific NFL career. One day, he'll be a great head coach as well."

The 39-year-old Barry, who played for the Trojans in 1992-93, was the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. Previously, he was defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 2007-08. He has worked in the NFL since 2000, including a six-year stint (2001-06) as the Buccaneers linebackers coach, when he worked under current USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Barry was a staffer on the 2002 Super Bowl champions that led the league in total defense and scoring defense. He had seven Pro Bowl linebackers in six seasons with Tampa Bay.

Barry began his coaching career at USC in 1994, when he was the team's video coordinator. In 1995, he became a graduate assistant with the defensive line, helping lead the Trojans to a Rose Bowl championship.
 
Barry, who also worked at Northern Arizona and UNLV before breaking into the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000, received his bachelor's degree in communication from USC in 1994. His father-in-law, Rod Marinelli, is a long-time college (Utah State, California, Arizona State) and pro (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears) assistant who had stints as a USC assistant (1995) and as the Lions' head coach (2006-08).

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Get over the sanction talk, folks. Until anything is announced, it's all speculation. Let's give the new crew a chance. I have to admit I was waaaaay to harsh on the Pete Carroll hire ten years ago. Kiff's putting together a good staff so let's see how they develop the team.

Ben, keep up the great work and keep the information flowing.

A few thoughts for the article and other comments:

1)Congrats, Joe, welcome back!
2)I'm perfectly fine w/ Chow staying where he is. We had success w/o him and will again.
3)I'm over the criticism for hiring Kiffin. He's the hire, give him a shot. I recall all kinds of criticism and heckling for SC hiring Pete.
3)If Al Davis called me a liar, I'd consider that a compliment. Consider the source.
4)Finally, enough w/ the sanction talk. Even if that comes down, I reject it totally. It should not take them several years to come up with a decision. Soooo long, that the players and others alleged to be involved are long gone. There should be some kind of statute for the NCAA, this is lame.

Patrick says get over the Sanctions talk, but easier said than done. I think Kiffin's hire just brings us under more scrutiny. He brings a whole bunch of questionable practices with hiim from tennessee.

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