Report: Kiffin cuts Seto loose

Rocky Seto, who's been a USC assistant since 1999, will not be retained by new coach Lane Kiffin, according to the Los Angeles Times, which confirmed the decision with Seto.

This appears to clear the way for Joe Barry, 39, a former USC player and graduate assistant who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, to be announced as the Trojans' new linebackers coach. The football office wouldn't confirm the hiring on Tuesday, though Barry has told reporters he is headed to USC.

Earlier this week, linebacker recruit Soma Vainuku (Eureka, Calif./Eureka) told ESPN.com's Greg Biggins that he believed Seto would be on the new staff.

The Trojans' defensive staff appears set: coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, secondary coach Willie Mack Garza and Barry with the linebackers.