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Monday Whispers: Local High School Coaches Get Earful On USC

Monday Whispers: Local High School Coaches Get Earful On USC

If you want to know what is going on at USC, one good place to check is with high school football coaches. And they’ve heard plenty of stories from how crazy the past season was at USC.

“Around the middle of the season, Tee Martin told me Clay Helton was a huge backstabber,” said a coach who regularly produces players recruited by USC. “He was upset because Helton never admitted he called plays and let Martin take all the blame for the playcalling. He told me not to believe that Helton is Mr. Nice Guy.”

When defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze was fired two weeks ago, high school coaches were not surprised.

“We knew Clancy Pendergast did not like him,” another coach said. “He tried to make him less important than the graduate assistants his first season. He never really wanted Clay Helton to hire Udeze.”

One coach, who almost always has players commit to USC, said he is torn about advising his players right now about the Trojans.

“I see players go there and they don’t develop,” the coach said. “Then I see how they fired three African-American coaches in one day. It doesn’t look good. I hope they figure out a way to stop screwing things up.”

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