USC already had problems with its defense and special teams all season. But do you think Clancy Pendergast and John Baxter were mailing it in during bowl practices since they were probably told by Clay Helton they would be fired (per Coach Bohn’s order) right after the season?
This is why I recommended Helton fire them immediately after the UCLA game.
It’s better to make do with a smaller staff than have some guys who are just hanging around or incompeten. Or both.
By the way, Helton fired Kenechi Udeze last year and now he will be coaching LSU’s defensive line in the national title game. Maybe Udeze should send Helton a thank-you gift.