Joe Cox

USC football coach Will Muschamp sprang some fresh news on the media Thursday morning. His press conference was called so he could formally introduce his new strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson. But before that, Muschamp announced that he had hired Joe Cox from Colorado State to coach tight ends. That hiring led to a pair of other moves on his staff.

Muschamp said tight ends coach Bobby Bentley will now work with new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo in coaching the quarterbacks, which has been Bentley’s forte throughout his coaching career. And he said Kyle Krantz will move off the field and back to an analysts role to make room for Cox as one of the 10 full-time assistants.

Krantz moved into that 10th spot when it was created two seasons ago and worked with the Sam linebackers and Nickelbacks, along with special teams. Muschamp said he will assume Krantz’s on-field coaching duties.

Cox is a native of Charlotte and played quarterback at Georgia when Bobo was the offensive coordinator there. He played for Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts at Independence High School and Knotts gave him a high recommendation. Cox coached tight ends for four seasons with the Rams before moving to the wide receivers this season.

Some other notes from Muschamp

  • Dylan Wonnum had hip surgery and will miss spring, JJ Enagbare also might miss spring recovering from his hip injury suffered in the Clemson game. Spencer Eason-Riddle, Nick Muse and Tyreek Johnson also are out for spring.
  • All 10 assistants will recruiting SC, Cox will have the Rock Hill area, Muschamp said they will continue to have multiple coaches recruiting in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Will Muschamp/Paul Jackson press conference

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