Report: USC to hire Michigan assistant as new DL coach
Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua is reportedly on the move.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo reported on Wednesday morning that Nua is expected to join Lincoln Riley’s staff at USC. He will be in the same role with the Trojans, serving as the defensive line coach.
Nua just completed his third season in Ann Arbor as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines. This year, he helped develop defensive ends Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo into projected first-round picks for the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.
Sources: USC is hiring Michigan’s Shaun Nua to be the defensive line coach. Nua coached Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo, who project as Top 15 picks in the NFL draft.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 5, 2022
Michigan’s defensive line play is a big reason why the team was so successful in 2021, finishing with a 12-2 record, defeating Ohio State, winning a B1G championship and earning a bid to the College Football Playoff.
The trip to USC will be just the fifth stop of Nua’s coaching career. He started at his alma mater, BYU, in 2009 and stayed with the Cougars until 2011. He also had stops at Navy (2012-17) and Arizona State (2018) before arriving at Michigan.
With Nua’s departure, Jim Harbaugh will be on the search for a new defensive line coach. Nua was part of Harbaugh’s “youth movement” on the staff in Ann Arbor over the past three seasons.