USC Football: Handicapping Who Will Replace Monte as Defensive Signal-Caller

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USC Football: Handicapping Who Will Replace Monte as Defensive Signal-Caller
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After USC's 2012 debacle on the field, you knew changes were forthcoming, and the first axe to fall is the self-imposed departure of USC's defensive signal-caller, Monte Kiffin.

Kiffin, the father of head coach Lane, has decided it would be in the best interests of all concerned if he explored other opportunities, perhaps in the NFL.

For those who watched the futility of USC's defense this season, the change is welcome.

It should be noted that by virtue of title, Ed Orgeron is already USC's defensive coordinator, but that was an honorary title for the most part as everyone knew that the elder Kiffin called the defensive plays.

After falling flat on their faces in historic fashion against late-season spread offenses, the Trojans will now be looking for a new guiding defensive maven to stop the bleeding in 2013, but who will that be?

This slideshow will look at five worthy candidates and offer odds for each one.

It will be crucial for Lane Kiffin to find someone to shore up the defense if he wants to survive the 2013 season with his job intact.

Here are the five most likely guys to help him accomplish that mission.

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