USC football adds North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz as linebackers coach

USC football will hire North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz as the team’s linebacker coach and associate head coach for the defense the school announced on Sunday. The news was first reported by Logan Campbell of WDAY TV News, a local station. National ESPN reporter Pete Thamel also confirmed the hire. 

“Having a championship-caliber staff is instrumental to the success of our team,” said head coach Lincoln Riley in the release. “By welcoming Matt Entz, a championship-winning head coach and outstanding defensive mind, we are bolstering our defensive staff. He is going to be an excellent addition to the USC football program.” 

Entz’s hiring is contingent upon completion of a successful background screening from USC, per the release. 

Entz is the first official hire for new defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn’s staff, who was hired last week from UCLA. Entz has served as the Bison head coach since 2019, winning two national titles at the FCS level. Prior to taking over the program, he was the team’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for five seasons. The Bison defense allowed less than 14 points per game over five seasons under Entz as the defensive coordinator. 

Entz, 51, is 60-10 as a head coach with two Division 1 Football Championship, including a 16-0 record and title in his first season. North Dakota State is currently 11-3, set to face No. 2 seed Montana in the Division I semifinals next weekend. Entz will remain with his team throughout the remainder of the season. 

The Iowa native has been in the coaching ranks since 1998 but has never coached at the Power 5 or FBS level. He has served as a defensive coordinator at four different programs and coached defensive line as well. North Dakota State produced tutored eight NFL draft picks during his time as head coach, including the 2021 No. 3 overall pick, QB Trey Lance. 

Current USC linebackers coach Brian Odom, who joined Riley’s initial staff from Oklahoma, is the team’s interim co-defensive coordinator with defensive line coach Shaun Nua. His status is unclear the moment. 

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