Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams has added the title “associate head coach” according to a press release by USC today.
“This promotion reflects the immediate impact that Donte has made and the respect he has earned since joining our program,” Helton said. “We have seen that impact both with the improved performance of the players he has coached and in his recruiting accomplishments. With this expanded role, he will further his growth as a coach and will be able to make a continued impact in all areas of our program.”
Williams makes around $900,000 per season so maybe this is USC’s way of making him feel more important since he doesn’t even coach the safeties, just the cornerbacks.
USC noted in its press release that its “pass defense in 2020 allowed just 216.3 yards per game, its fewest since 2013.”
I would note USC faced first-year starting QBs in four of its six games (Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Oregon).
And yes, I know Jake Bentley started at South Carolina but he had not started for Utah and was thrust into the game after Cameron Rising got hurt. And Rising was making his first career start.