Clay Helton Offers Job To Assistant Coach Candidate
USC coach Clay Helton has offered the defensive backs job and sources tell me defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is upset with the move.
Why? Because Pendergast thinks he should exclusively hire the defensive coaches.
Helton offered the job to Oregon State defensive backs coach Greg Burns, who coached at USC from 2002-05.
I haven’t been around Burns since 2005 but I know Pete Carroll talked Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin into taking him off his hands in 2006. That was a disaster and Burns last only one season. He has since been at schools like Kansas State, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State.
Burns is expected to accept the offer. The only hold up could be Pendergast, who thinks he is in charge of the defense and probably would have kept Ronnie Bradford if he knew this would happen.
So while Kliff Kingsbury may be a great hire, the defense remains dysfunctional . . . and incompetent.