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USC hires North Texas OC to replace Kingsbury

North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has been hired to the same position at USC, the school announced Wednesday night. He replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who briefly held the post before leaving to become coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell tonight accepted an offer to become OC at USC. The Athletic first reported the agreement. Harrell replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who briefly held the job before becoming Arizona Cardinals head coach. Harrell spent the last few years building a dynamic offense at North Texas alongside coach Seth Littrell and quarterback Mason Fine.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

There's no deal yet but North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is a leading candidate to be USC's next offensive coordinator. The two sides spoke today, sources said. USC coach Clay Helton has taken his time with the hire, but Harrell makes sense given his parallels with Kliff Kingsbury, Helton's initial choice.‬ Harrell is a creative thing offensive coach who has had great success at UNT under Seth Littrell with quarterback Mason Fine.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Les Miles hired Les Koenning to be Kansas' offensive coordinator. Miles had to fill the vacancy after his initial hire, Chip Lindsey, took the head coaching job at Troy. Koenning has been an OC at several Power 5 schools including Mississippi State (2009-13), Texas A&M (2003-07) and Alabama (2001-02). He was the running backs coach at Southern Miss the last two seasons.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've confirmed earlier reports (first from Football Scoop) that Old Dominion is hiring former Maryland assistant Brian Stinespring, former Virginia Tech assistant Galen Scott and former East Carolina assistant Daric Riley. Stinespring will be tight ends coach and run game coordinator; Scott will coach defensive backs and Riley will coach outside linebackers. Some strong hires here by Bobby Wilder entering a key 2019 season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Junior Adams, most recently offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky, is expected to join Washington as wide receivers coach. Football Scoop first reported the expected hire. Adams replaces Matt Lubick, who left for a job outside of coaching. Adams worked for Washington coach Chris Petersen at Boise State.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Memphis is hiring Pete Lembo as special teams coordinator. Lembo, the former head coach at Ball State, Elon and Lehigh, spent this past season coaching special teams at Rice. The Athletic first reported the hire. Lembo, who 112-65 as a head coach, provides a veteran presence for Mike Norvell's staff at Memphis.

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