Dennis Dodd (CBSSports.com) published this statement back on May 1. “(Clay) Helton says USC football has to get ‘simpler.’ He told defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to slice his playbook in half.”
The prevailing question now seems to be, was Dodd correct and accurate when he reported this? Since May 1, there have been some published quotes from USC defensive players which have been interpreted by some as meaning that the only thing changing about USC’s 2019 defensive scheme will be the terminology (presumed simpler) used to call plays, and not any actual modification of Pendergast’s defense.
If that’s true, Dodd was either completely misinformed about Helton’s directive to Pendergast, or Pendergast decided to ignore it.
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