NDSU lost its defensive coordinator to USC, but Bison head coach Craig Bohl didn’t waste any time in naming a successor.
Defensive backs coach Chris Klieman will take over for Scottie Hazelton, who will be the linebackers coach at USC, Bohl said. Bohl immediately promoted Klieman, who came to NDSU prior to this season from Northern Iowa, where he was a defensive coordinator.
There are connections that link NDSU coaches to USC head coach Lane Kiffin, most notably former Bison defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who worked with Monte Kiffin, Lane Kiffin’s father, when both were at Tampa Bay. Bradley is now with the Seattle Seahawks working under former USC head coach Pete Carroll. Also in Seattle is former NDSU defensive line coach Todd Wash, who also spent time at Tampa Bay.
The USC linebackers job came open when Joe Barry accepted the same position with the San Diego Chargers. Barry, like Bradley and Wash, also coached at Tampa with Monte Kiffin.
Moreover, former NDSU defensive coordinator Willie Mack Garza resigned last season as the defensive backs coach at USC.