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USC Officially Announces Its New Offensive Coordinator

USC's cheerleaders with their pompoms at their sides.

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 17: The USC Trojans Song Girls perform in the game with the Syracuse Orangemen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 38-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC's football program officially has its next offensive coordinator.

The Trojans announced this evening the hiring of North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Harrell is replacing former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who took the USC OC job in December before leaving for the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job.

From USC:

Graham Harrell, who produced national Top 25 offenses the past 2 seasons while the offensive coordinator at North Texas, has been named USC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Trojan head coach Clay Helton announced today (Jan. 30).

"We are very excited to welcome Graham into the Trojan Family," said Helton. "In our search for an offensive coordinator, we wanted someone who could take our offense to new heights and whose system fit our current personnel. An individual who knows both the pass and run games and is an aggressive play caller on game day. Also someone who is a great teacher and who can develop quarterbacks to their full potential.

"We have found all these characteristics in Graham. In our study, I was so impressed with how he turned North Texas into one of the top offenses in the nation, combining an elite, highly-ranked passing game with a ground game that rushed for nearly 2,000 yards. He also did a terrific job developing Mason Fine into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. We look forward to the future of our offense under Graham's leadership."

Harrell's hire at USC was reported earlier this week by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman.

One ESPN analyst, meanwhile, has been highly critical of the hire.