USC receivers lobby for Keary Colbert as new coach

USC’s receivers aren’t wasting time lobbying for a receivers coach, tweeting their preference for the return of Keary Colbert.

Coach Lane Kiffin has three openings on his staff, one for a receivers coach because of Ted Gilmore’s departure to the Oakland Raiders.

“RT if you want @kearycolbert to become our new receiver coach,” tweeted All-American Robert Woods.

Colbert, who starred for the Trojans in 2000-03, played in the NFL for five seasons before returning to USC as a graduate assistant in 2010. Colbert, however, still felt he had more football in him and made a comeback, catching nine passes in seven games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

Colbert, 29, is currently a free agent.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Colbert said he had not been contacted by Kiffin. Asked whether he would be interested in the job, he said, “I don’t want to say one way or the other. I have a love and passion for SC and a history as a player and as a coach. I’m definitely tied into everything that happens within it.”

Colbert said it was “completely humbling” to have players request his return, but added, “It’s kind of foolish to think a job is going to be presented. I don’t want to speculate or assume anything.

“It’s an attractive place to be because of my history there but there are a lot of other factors…. I’m not going to try and project the future. It’s Coach Kiffin’s program.”

— Gary Klein