MADISON, Wis. (AP) Former Southern California assistant Justin Wilcox is poised to become the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin.

Badgers coach Paul Chryst on Thursday announced the hiring, which was pending approval from the university's Board of Regents.

Wilcox spent the last two seasons as USC's defensive coordinator. He was fired after Clay Helton took over the Trojans' head coaching job full time after the regular season ended and before USC faced Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.

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Wilcox's defense struggled for stretches last season despite a wealth of five-star talent. In 2014, USC was in the top 20 in turnover margin, red zone defense and third-down conversion defense.

Wilcox has 10 years of experience overall as a coordinator, including stops at Washington, Tennessee and Boise State.