USC parts ways with two coordinators following blowout loss in Holiday Bowl
This is the second straight year USC has been forced to shuffle its coaching staff
USC coach Clay Helton may be back in 2020, but two of his coordinators are not being retained. On Saturday, the school announced that defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach John Baxter would not return to the program next year. The news comes one day after the Trojans were blown out by Iowa in the Holiday Bowl, 49-24.?
Pendergast and Baxter have been on their own, respective hot seats for some time. But as the heat continues to rise for Helton, changes often come at the assistant level spots first. USC allowed Iowa to score a season-high 49 points, six of which came from a 98-yard kickoff return by Ihmir Smith-Marsette. That fell under Baxter's responsibility. Additionally, though USC didn't give up a ton of yards against the Hawkeyes and were put in bad positions because of turnovers, Iowa's offense looked uncharacteristically potent.?
Moving on from Pendergast and Baxter has probably been a long time coming, but it doesn't change the storyline about Helton's job security in 2020. To Helton's credit, the move to Graham Harrell at offensive coordinator has paid some dividends and quarterback Kedon Slovis looks like he has a bright future. But the defense and special teams undoubtedly needed fixing and one last change is being made in an effort to finally get the Trojans back to where they want to be.?
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Compete for $5,000 or Start a Pool with Playoff Pick’em
Lingard entered his name into the transfer portal on Dec. 30
The 2019-20 coaching carousel is back rolling again with post-bowl game changes
Moorhead had been considered a candidate for Rutgers during the season
The Wolf Pack and Bobcats are your Friday afternoon college football entertainment
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated every college football bowl game 10,000 times
SportsLine's proven computer model simulated the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl 10,000 times.
The Georgia defensive unit held off a strong second-half effort from Baylor in the win in New...
No. 6 Oregon started hot, cooled off in a major way and finished in a flury to beat No. 8 Wisconsin
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Nevada vs. Ohio football game