John Robinson assembled a legendary football team at USC in 1979

The USC football team has had great head coaches over the years, in the era of Pac-12 football. In addition to the head coaches, however, the Trojans could also boast some of the best coaching staffs in Pac-12 history. Pete Carroll had Ed Orgeron and Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin and — in earlier years — Norm Chow. Carroll's teams were very talented. However, if you had to name the very best coaching staff in USC and perhaps Pac-12 football history, you would probably have to choose the 1979 team under head coach John Robinson:

“Coach Robinson's entire staff was outstanding,” said USC's Ronnie Lott (a member of the 1979 team). “Every one of those coaches did really amazing things. Our offensive line coach Hudson Houck was probably one of the best offensive line coaches in all of football, period. He went on to coach the Dallas Cowboys. Norv Turner is one of the best offensive minds of all time. The staff really complemented the talent.”

Houck and Turner were joined by the legendary Marv Goux, running backs coach John Jackson and offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, so USC had a room full of really smart people helping John Robinson. It's no wonder USC stayed strong for several seasons after John McKay left for the NFL.

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