Sometimes, I never get around to filling in some background on some situations.
With Kenechi Udeze getting hired as a defensive analyst at LSU, it’s a good reminder that being at USC was never a good fit despite the fact he was a Trojan great from the Pete Carroll era.
Clancy Pendergast was against the hire and insulted Udeze during their first season together when he stuck him in the back row of the pressbox with unimportant duties during games. This meant staffers who had less rank than Udeze and not even coaches sat in the first row and performed more important duties.
Udeze was unhappy but it has traditionally been hard to win over Pendergast, especially if you were not his hire. Sources said he was also undermined by Pete Jenkins, who was the defensive line coach in 2013 and still acts a consultant at USC.
Udeze finally got on the field in Year 3 (last season) and seemed to be doing better. But the trust issues remained and Pendergast was willing to get rid of anyone to save himself at the end of last season. Udeze was expendable, especially with criticism about the defensive line play and development.
But poor development tends to be overlooked when coaches are tight with each other and that was never the case with Udeze and Pendergast.
Whatever happens with Udeze, he should be better off with his old position coach, Ed Orgeron.