Ted Gilmore new USC receivers coach

USC has hired former Nebraska assistant Ted Gilmore as its receivers coach, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin announced Thursday.

Gilmore was the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cornhuskers for the last six seasons and has 16 years of experience coaching receivers at the college level.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Ted Gilmore to the Trojan football family," Kiffin said in a statement. "For years, he has been regarded as an outstanding recruiter and wide receivers coach. He comes to us highly recommended by a number of very prominent coaches. I'm excited for him to start working with our talented group of receivers."

The vacancy was created when John Morton left to take on a similar position under Jim Harbaugh with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. A popular candidate to take on the job was tight ends graduate assistant Keary Colbert, but Colbert recently announced plans to attempt an NFL comeback, so Kiffin and USC had two spots to fill on the offensive coaching staff.

Gilmore, 43, played two years of college football at Wyoming and began his coaching career there before moving on to Kansas, Houston, Purdue and then Nebraska. A college receiver, he has coached both receivers and tight ends at the college ranks.

He started at Nebraska in 2005 as the receivers coach and then added on the titles of recruiting coordinator in 2007 and assistant head coach-offense in 2008. USC already has a recruiting coordinator in defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, but Gilmore could take on a passing-game coordinator role or something similar, as Morton did during his USC tenure.

Pedro Moura covers colleges for ESPNLosAngeles.com.