USC announces Barry hiring as LB coach

Joe Barry is now, officially, USC's new linebackers coach, the school announced Thursday evening.

Barry, a former Trojan linebacker and assistant coach who spent the past 10 years coaching in the NFL, announced his own hiring on Tuesday, which coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't confirm.

Kiffin is now effusive about Barry in a school statement:

“When we were hired, we said we would put together the best coaching staff in the country,” Kiffin said. “In Joe Barry, we’ve hit a home run. He was the only linebacker coach we went after and, although it took a while, we’re excited to bring him back to the Trojan Family. He is an outstanding coach who has been part of Rose Bowl and Super Bowl championship teams, and he has produced some great linebackers during his terrific NFL career. One day, he’ll be a great head coach as well.”

You can see USC has an updated -- though incomplete -- coaching staff list here.

Barry, 39, was the linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions for two seasons.

Barry’s first NFL job was the defensive quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. He then spent six years as the linebackers coach of the Buccaneers, working under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (now on USC’s staff). He was a member of the 2002 Super Bowl champions that led the league in total defense and scoring defense. The Buccaneers were ranked among the NFL’s top five in total defense three others times during his tenure, including first in 2005 when they won the NFC South Division. His linebackers were named to the Pro Bowl seven times, including 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brooks.

Barry started his coaching career at USC as the video coordinator in 1994. He was then a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 1995 when the Trojans won the Rose Bowl.

He spent three seasons (1996-98) as the linebackers and defensive ends coach at Northern Arizona. In 1999 he was the linebackers coach at UNLV, under John Robinson, who was Barry's coach at USC.

Barry lettered two years at USC, starting seven games at inside linebacker in 1993.