It's official: Chris Wilson leaves for USC

semerson@macon.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Defensive line coach Chris Wilson (center) came to Georgia after serving as the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State.


ATHENS, Ga. - After some second thoughts, Chris Wilson is officially on his way to the west coast, and Georgia still needs a defensive line coach.

Wilson will take the same job at Southern California, as originally reported on Wednesday. There were indications a day later that he was thinking of staying at Georgia, and USC had yet to make an official announcement. But on Friday morning sources told The Telegraph that Wilson was expected to leave, and Wilson soon confirmed it via his Twitter account.

Wilson spent one year at Georgia, and did a good job: Georgia's run defense improved from allowing 4.1 yards per rush in 2012 to just 3.7 yards per rush under Wilson. Several defensive linemen also blossomed last season, including junior Ray Drew (six sacks) and sophomores Sterling Bailey and Chris Mayes.

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