Kenechi Udeze was a predatory pass-rushing defensive end for USC, a 2003 All-American who became a first-round NFL draft pick.
When his pro career ended, Udeze longed to teach a new generation of players the skills he used for the Trojans and the Minnesota Vikings.
USC Coach Clay Helton is giving Udeze that opportunity as USC prepares for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin.
Helton's firing of four assistant coaches after the Pac-12 championship game opened the door for Udeze, who was elevated from assistant strength coach and put in charge of the defensive line for the bowl game.
Udeze jumped at the chance.
"I've always prided myself on...