Published Thursday, February 16, 2012 AT 6:36 PM / Updated at 6:36 PM
Sanders hire official at USC
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin will look to former Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders to shore up a Trojan pass defense that ranked No. 102 nationally last season.

USC officially announced the hiring of Sanders on Thursday, pulling him away from Florida Atlantic after he was hired by Carl Pelini two months ago to be the Trojans’ defensive coordinator.

“Marvin had great success coaching the defensive backs at Nebraska and we believe that will translate well to our secondary, which is the most critical area we need to improve upon in 2012,” Kiffin said.

USC allowed 263.3 passing yards a game last season. Opponents completed 63.9 percent of their passes with 17 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

Sanders spent three seasons with Bo and Carl Pelini at NU from 2008 through 2010, then stepped away last February for “personal and family reasons.” He was away from college football last season but spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Sanders is a former Husker player who also was an assistant in 2003 when Bo Pelini was NU defensive coordinator.

USC already is being considered one of the teams that should be among the top two or three when the 2012 preseason polls come out.

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  1. TrevForAD says:

    God luck Marv and don’t forget the lessons learned.

  2. Gomavs says:

    Tom please look into how UNO is allocating tickets to season ticket holders. There is some concern among the ranks due to UNO not including in season package.

  3. NUCORNDEVIL says:


  4. CharlesNChina says:

    I understand it is a wise career move for Sanders but it lacks a lot in loyalty for coach Carl. Given the nature of his departure from NU ball and Carl’s willingness to hire him.

  5. gary says:

    too bad the big red is no longer in the same football elite as USC

    1. CharlesNChina says:

      since when?

      1. Greg says:

        I am a huge husker fan, but we haven’t been relevant in 11 years (err, I mean, uh, tradition?). Boise State is more relevant than we are. Live in the present, not in the past. Sad, but true. Hopefully, someday we will be back among the elite

  6. Greg says:

    Look out USC co-eds! Hey Oh!

  7. Sooka says:

    My insider said all along………..Sanders had to get away from Coach Boo Boo and his sideline antics….. sort of get out before you are torpedoed cause the ship IS going to sink….went with little bro bo bo to FL A….and then the first opportunity….jump ship…..A very smart coach……….. USC is projected No. 1 or close to it….where is Nebraska ???? Somewhere in the middleof the pack with a QB who can’t throw…what a joke…………….. way to stay the course Dr. Tom………..

    1. JI says:

      You have no clue what you’re talking about. Marvin didn’t leave NU voluntarily. Best to keep your mouth shut when you have no facts.

      1. MadMax says:

        Relax man, it’s Friday…enjoy life.