One question during spring practice was going to be the role of Donte Williams.
When you go from high-profile interim coach to cornerbacks coach, it might be tough. Especially when it wasn’t a given he would be retained . . . although Mike Bohn fought to keep him around.
“He’s playing the role of loyal assistant coach,” a USC coach told me this week. “He doesn’t have the same high-profile role but that might be good for him.”
Williams benefits from this because he retains his high salary ($900,000) and still works for a marquee program. USC benefits because it can use Williams for recruiting. So in that sense, it’s a win-win.
A blip occurred last week when Williams openly criticized cornerback Ceyair Wright. It might have been done to motivate Wright. I’m told there’s been no backlash so far.
It’s also easier for Williams to be critical after USC’s brought in some transfer cornerbacks and five-star Domani Jackson.
Bottom line: Williams has a lesser role and will probably endure it while being paid handsomely.