I caught this on a couple of the boards...
The National Football Post has just been informed that former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at the University of Southern California.
Bates, a six year NFL veteran, has spent the last three years in Denver as the quarterbacks/wide receivers coach. Prior to joining the Broncos in 2006, Bates worked for the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Well, I guess this means that Carl Smith will be heading to the Browns. This looks to be a better hire as his youth and success with Jay Cutler will go a long way to developing whoever is named the new starting QB after spring ball.
Here is Bates' Bio.
More as it becomes available...
Here is the story from ESPN (emphasis added - you'll see why)
USC has hired Jeremy Bates as its new offensive coordinator to fill the vacancy left by Steve Sarkisian, who was recently named head coach at the University of Washington, two sources said Monday.Bates was the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan and was being pursued by other NFL teams for a similar position. Carroll reached out to Bates and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the job and a source said the Trojans were willing to pay at least $1 million for the position.
Hmmm...I thought Morton Was already named the OC. I'm sure this is a typo but this is a little confusing if you ask me.
The OCR is confirming the hiring of Bates as the QB Coach.
Updating a previous item, a school spokesman confirmed that USC has hired former Denver Broncos assistant Jeremy Bates as quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach/offense — the same position Carl Smith was to have filled.
Wolf is also reporting that Bates will call the plays.