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Monte Kiffin lands defensive assistant job with the Jacksonville Jaguars

Monte Kiffin in 2013, working with the Dallas defense.

Monte Kiffin in 2013, working with the Dallas defense.

(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Former USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has been hired as a defensive assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 76-year-old Kiffin worked with the team last year as an unofficial consultant and assisted with its search for a new defensive coordinator earlier this off-season.

“His wealth of experience and knowledge about the game will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff,” Coach Gus Bradley said of Kiffin.

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Kiffin started down the coaching path as a graduate assistant at Nebraska in 1966 and served as the Cornhuskers’ defensive coordinator from 1973-76. He became best known for developing the Tampa 2 defense as defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2008.

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He held the same position on his son Lane Kiffin’s staffs at Tennessee (2009) and with the Trojans (2010-12). His last coaching job was as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach for the defense for the Dallas Cowboys from 2013-14.

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