Morton to 49ers

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USC passing game and wide receivers coach John Morton has accepted a position on Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers staff as an assistant coach.

J-Mort.jpgMorton, who recently finished his fourth season at Troy, was the lone holdover from Pete Carroll's coaching staff when Lane Kiffin took over last year.

"This is a great opportunity for John to further his career," Kiffin said today.  "We appreciate the great work he did at USC and wish him the best of luck."

In the small world of football coaches, Morton and Harbaugh have worked together twice.  They were both Oakland Raiders' assistants in 2002 and 2003.  In 2005, Morton worked under Harbaugh when he was the head coach at the University of San Diego.

During his tenure tutoring Trojan wideouts, Morton helped Damian Williams and Patrick Turner blossom into NFL draft picks and pushed Ronald Johnson and Robert Woods to succeed at USC.

Lane Kiffin has not yet determined who will fill the role of wide receivers coach this upcoming season.

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