Tuesday Whispers: Self-Promoting 101
We hear most of USC’s new assistant coaches are keeping their distance from special teams coach John Baxter.
Why? They are already wise to Baxter’s ability for self-promotion and ingratiating himself to Clay Helton. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell was probably warned by Kliff Kingsbury. During his brief tenure at USC, Kingsbury rolled his eyes at the mention of Baxter.
A former USC assistant coach used to say this about Baxter: “I always know when (then USC president) Max Nikias is at practice because John Baxter is the first one to greet him and then doesn’t leave him alone.”