USC hires Bates to call plays

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that USC has hired Jeremy Bates, the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan, to run the Trojans' offense next fall.

Here's more on the hire.

That would strongly suggest Carl Smith, who USC coach Pete Carroll recently hired as his quarterbacks coach with play-calling responsibilities, is headed to Cleveland.

Carroll previously promoted assistant John Morton to offensive coordinator, though his duties were understood from the beginning not to include play calling.

USC's offensive coordinator in 2008, Steve Sarkisian, is the new head coach for Washington.