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Report: USC To Promote Former Trojans Star Kenechi Udeze To Defensive Line Coach

When USC football makes coaching hire, it tends to keep things in the family. To fill the vacancy at defensive line coach, Clay Helton didn't even need to look outside of the 2015 staff. According to, former Trojans great Kenechi Udeze, who served as assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2015, has been promoted to coach the defensive line.

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Based on a Twitter account that was recently launched, and followed by USC coaches and players, he may already be out on the recruiting trail.

Udeze was an All-Pac 10 performer for USC in 2003, and recorded 28 total sacks in his three-year Trojan career. He had a promising start to his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 2008 due to a bout with leukemia, but he returned to football as assistant strength and conditioning coach under Steve Sarkisian at Washington from 2009-2012.

He finished his degree at USC in 2010, and has also coached under Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks, and worked as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Pitt, before joining the Trojans staff in 2015.