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USC football: Steve Sarkisian hires linebackers coach Peter Sirmon

USC football: Steve Sarkisian hires linebackers coach Peter Sirmon
Newly hired USC Coach Steve Sarkisian continues to build his coaching staff. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian has hired Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and confirmed the hiring of Husky assistants Johnny Nansen and Keith Heyward.

Sarkisian previously confirmed that receivers coach Tee Martin would be retained.

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"I'm fired up to have Johnny, Keith and Peter join the staff, as well as keeping Tee on board," Sarkisian said in a statement. "We're on the right path in putting together one of the best coaching staffs in America."

Sarkisian will not designate titles and responsibilities until he has completed his staff.

Sirmon, 36, played at Oregon and for the NFL's Tennessee Titans. He coached Washington's linebackers for two seasons after coaching stops at Central Washington, Oregon and Tennessee.

Clay Helton, USC's offensive coordinator under Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron, will coach the Trojans in their bowl game. USC will find out its bowl destination Sunday.

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