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Former Denver assistant headed to USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It didn't take long for Jeremy Bates to bounce back after being let go by the Denver Broncos last week.

ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that Bates will take a position on the offensive staff at USC.
Bates was being pursued by both Detroit and Oakland in the NFL. He is considered one of football's brightest offensive minds.

He called the plays in Denver last season and he was credited for the emergence of quarterback Jay Cutler. However, Bates' Denver tenure was put in jeopardy when the team hired New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to replace the fired Mike Shanahan.

McDaniels will call the plays in Denver so Bates, Denver's passing game coordinator, was expendable. Had Denver hired a defensive-minded coach, Bates likely would have stayed.
Denver gave Bates a three-year contract extension in late 2008 after new University of Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin pursued him as offensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, with Bates out of the picture in Detroit, expect former Denver receivers coach Jedd Fisch to be a candidate for the offensive coordinator's job. Fisch was let go along with Bates last week. He was lauded for working with Denver receiver Brandon Marshall.