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SOURCE: USC will hire Greg Burns as new DBs coach

December 13, 2018
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TrojanInsider.com was informed on Thursday that former Oregon St. and USC DBs Coach Greg Burns will be hired as the Trojans’ new defensive backs coach. 

This hire hasn’t been announced by USC, but Burns is no longer listed as a coach on the Official Oregon St. Football site.

Burns was Pete Carroll’s DBs coach through the 2005 season, when he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Below is the Bio for Burns from the Oregon St. Athletics site. 

Coaching career:

Burns spent a year as a graduate assistant at Washington State in 1996 and earned his master's degree from WSU in 1997. He spent the 1997 season as an assistant at Idaho. He then coached defensive backs at Louisville from 1998 to 2001. During his tenure with the Cardinals he coached six All-Conference cornerbacks. Burns them moved on to coach the secondary at USC from 2002 to 2005 under head coach Pete Carroll. At USC Burns was a coach on the Trojans back-to-back National Championships in 2003 and 2004. He would also coach two All-American Safeties during his USC tenure. In 2006 Burns moved on to the professional ranks, coaching defensive backs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then spent one season in 2007 with Kansas State as a defensive back coach. He then held the same position with Arizona State from 2008 to 2011 and Purdue in 2012. In 2013 Burns was named to the staff at UMass to serve as the teams' defensive backs coach.

In his career, Burns has coached in 10 bowl games, including four Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games and two national championship games.

Appointment: Secondary
Education: Washington State, 1995, '97 – bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology
Family: Wife, Crystal; Sons, Cristopher, Carter and Cooper
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Burns' Notables: 
2 -- National Championships – USC 2003 and 2004
13 – Bowl games as a student-athlete and coach
11 – Number of years as Pac-12 coach
136 – Number of victories as a college coach
6 – Number of conference titles (Pac-10 & Conference USA)

OREGON STATE (2018-Present)

Appointed Jan. 10, 2018 as secondary coach 

CALIFORNIA (2014-16)

Coached defensive backs (2014) and safeties (2015-16)

Bears posted their first 8-win season (2015) since 2009, capping with an Armed Forces Bowl victory

Armed Forces Bowl appearance was first postseason game for Cal since 2011

Safety Stefan McClure earned 2015 Pac-12 Honorable Mention 

UMASS/SENIOR BOWL (2013)

On the staff of the second-year FBS team

Co-defensive coordinator of Texas vs. the Nation Senior Bowl 

PURDUE (2012)

Defensive backs coach

Team played in the Heart of Dallas Bowl

Defensive backs Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson, and safety Landon Feichter earned Big Ten Conference postseason honors 

KANSAS STATE/ARIZONA STATE (2007-11)

Cornerbacks coach for former OSU head coach Dennis Erickson at ASU

Team played in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl

2009 Sun Devils led the Pac-10 in total defense, passing defense and rushing defense

2010 Sun Devils led the league for rushing defense and ranked second for tackles for loss

Defensive backs coach at Kansas State in 2007 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2006)

Defensive backs coach

Ronde Barber earned All-Pro honors 

USC (2002-05)

Secondary coach under current Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll

Also was responsible for kickoff return specialists

USC was 48-4 during his tenure

2003 and ’04 National Champions

Team played twice in the Orange and Rose Bowls

Coached All-Americans Troy Polamalu and Darnell Bing

Multiple NFL Draftees played for Coach Burns 

LOUISVILLE (1998-2001)

Cornerbacks coach

Team played in four bowl games during his four-year career

Coached six Conference USA postseason honorees, including first team selections Anthony Floyd and Antonio Roundtree.

2000 team led the nation for interceptions (27) 

IDAHO (1997)

Began his coaching career with the Vandals as cornerbacks coach and academic liaison

Also coached special teams players 

WASHINGTON STATE (1993-96)

Academic counselor assisting at-risk students develop organizational skills, study habits and other personal-improvement practices 

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