Defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze announced via twitter he would not return next season.
This is the first firing because quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis is expected to become offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
Udeze did not have a great relationship with defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Udeze was unhappy during the 2016 season that he was assigned to the second row of the coaches’ booth and had little to do.
He eventually moved down to the sideline this season but the defensive line’s performance was unremarkable at best. Remember, Udeze coached the interior linemen, not the outide edge rushers because some of you will try to give him or another coach credit for Porter Gustin, who was pretty much a self-made player anyways.
Udeze’s lack of coaching experience was a sore spot for some coaches.
But let’s be clear: The departures of Udeze and Ellis won’t make a significant change. USC needs wholesale changes on its staff. We will see if it happens
Just a warning: It was no secret defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast did not value Kenechi Udeze. So this might mean Pendergast will return. Unbelievable if it happens.