I’ve heard there is a schism within the USC coaching staff. The new coaches hang out among themselves and don’t interact much with the holdovers who were not fired by Clay Helton.
The one exception is the fairly laid-back Johnny Nansen, who is able to interact with both groups. But the bottom line is the newcomers are probably not too close with special teams coach John Baxter or defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
It’s fairly easy for offensive coordinator Graham Harrell to ignore those guys but much tougher for defensive backs coach Greg Burns or defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, who have Pendergast as their boss.
But Pendergast didn’t really hire either one and has a dry personality so it is not far-fetched to think they are not close.