Joe Barry will kick it up a notch

Joe Barry & LB Chris Galippo

The 2011 Trojans possessed a unit of linebackers that stood out among the rest. Two of three starters received freshman All-American honors, which is a credit to Joe Barry and his ability to accelerate progress and transform inexperienced youth to veteran performers. Looking forward, we were projecting continuity and the same results for incoming Scott Starr and Jabari Ruffin.  But as it always does, it takes just a single announcement to douse us with reality, and remind us of how quickly things can change.

In a meeting with linebackers on Friday, Barry informed his players that he is leaving USC to fill the same position with the San Diego Chargers. And with the announcement, the Trojan staff loses and asset and will now focus on replacement.

Barry spent 10 years working in the NFL before accepting the position at USC in 2010. Seven of those years were spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he coached linebackers and was a Super Bowl champion in 2002.  He also worked two years as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.

Filling the vacant position at USC came easy for Barry, because it was more than a job, it was also a homecoming. He played linebacker for the Trojans in 1991-1993, which led to his first coaching job on the USC staff.  There was also familiarity, having worked several years with Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay.  After spending the past two seasons coaching at the amateur level, he now accepts the offer presented by the Chargers and returns to the NFL.

As of today, there are no named targets in a search to fill the opening. One guy on my wish list, though he is a longshot, is the Seahawks’ Ken Norton Jr., who coached All-American linebackers Lofa Tatupu, Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, and Clay Matthews during his time at USC.




~ by Anthony on February 3, 2012.

2 Responses to “Joe Barry will kick it up a notch”

  1. […] Home › NCAA Football › Joe Barry leaves USC for same gig with Chargers […]

  2. Ken Norton Jr. is an interesting prospect to coach the linebackers. It would ad to that NFL experience vibe the Trojans have.

    Glad to see you are still doing this.

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