USC announces hiring of Barry

Updated: January 28, 2010, 8:57 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

USC officially hired Joe Barry to be its linebackers coach Thursday, three days after the news leaked out of Tampa Bay.

Barry spent the last 10 years coaching in the NFL, most recently with the Buccaneers. He played linebacker at USC and previously was a graduate assistant there. Barry, 39, was defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 2007-2008.

"When we were hired, we said we would put together the best coaching staff in the country," new USC coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement. "In Joe Barry, we've hit a home run. He was the only linebacker coach we went after and, although it took a while, we're excited to bring him back to the Trojan Family."

Mark Saxon is a reporter and columnist for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.