USC coaches demoted and fired over text messages
It was easy to assume Neil Callaway lost his job because of how the USC offensive line performed this season. It was also easy to assume Tee Martin lost play calling duties because of the inept USC offense. But that assumption is incorrect. What actually led to Callaway’s dismissal and Martin’s demotion, according to a source close to the program, was text messaging between wives.
Before any staff changes were considered, Neil Callaway’s wife sent out a group text intended for friends and family. In the text, she spoke strongly about how Helton needs to do something about Martin immediately. She expressed this, because, in her opinion, Martin isn’t doing a good job.
Unfortunately, the text didn’t go out to those closely associated with the Callaway family. Instead, it was sent to the wives of all the USC coaches.
After receiving the message, Martin’s wife texted back angrily that she intended to confront Callaway’s wife in person. That didn’t happen, but the incident did deepen an ever growing divide amongst the USC coaches.
When the dust settled, Callaway was fired. Martin and his bosses came to an agreement that it was best for both parties if they moved on from one another. Clay Helton will now try to rebuild USC’s offensive staff for what could be his final year with the Trojans.
“They had to let him go because now you have wives fighting each other,” the source said of Neil Callaway. “Clay has already been told he’s coming back. So what’s going to happen is as soon as the season is over, Tee is going to go look for another job. He’s gone. Clay has to produce next year or he’s done. They can’t hire another coach when they have an interim president, they don’t want to go through a full fledge coaching search. They’re going to wait and see what happens, and give Clay a break. But Callaway had to go because the office was messed up. It didn’t have anything to do with performances.”