Clay Helton took Clancy Pendergast off the recruiting road in January and told him to cut down the size of the defensive playbook, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
“The package you have is brilliant, but it’s a lot,” Helton reportedly told Pendergast.
I don’t doubt Helton made Pendergast simplify the defense. But why did Helton say he pulled Pendergast off the road to do it? Pendergast does minimal recruiting and when he does make some home visits, they make little impact with his dry personality. He is a recruiting negative.
You notice he didn’t ask Pendergast to visit Georgia, Clemson or Alabama. Pendergast doesn’t like outside advice so that would be a no-go to seek outside counsel.
- When former USC women’s soccer coach Laura Janke pleads guilty today in Boston federal court, she has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the case and could be called to testify against others. That sounds like bad news for Donna Heinel.
- I got an email from a Pac-12 track coach, who I have never heard of before they identified themselves, telling me that other coaches in the conference also notice the way USC coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert always stands in the center of team photos after meets. So I guess I’m not alone.