“I Tried To Tell You” — Graham Harrell

 

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As we slowly move through the schedule, it is obvious how the weight of it changes weekly. Now we have Colorado and Cal who both look formidable, along with Oregon in the second half. This team could have one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

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Wow. Step away from my desk for an hour and come back to see an email from Dr. Folt with the news about Swann resigning.

I really hope we truly conduct a national search and hire the best person for the job. We have not had a good athletic director since Mike McGee and that is a long time.

I really want someone who understands the USC traditions and restore us to the national platform.

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as long as they don’t bring back daryl gross or mark jackson. neither of them would be the best person for the job. USC deserves a truly experienced AD who has alot of experience and won’t have any legacy issues that would prevent them from getting rid of staff that should have moved on years ago (ie. lopes)

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The traditions will take care of themselves, they are everywhere around campus. I would love to see someone that does not “know” USC. Bring in new contacts and networks, fresh blood, and someone with balls to stand up for our athletic dept. Someone with an understanding of hard work, business, and ethics.

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I agree that we need a non-USC person but want someone who understands the standards that are expected.

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I would bet the committee, seeing who is on it, will make sure the candidates understand what is expected. But then, what is expected from a USC AD that would not be expected at another top school? Just so I understand, what is expected and what are the standards you are thinking of?

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1) Have all athletic programs graduate their athletes
2) The football team competes annually for Pac-12 titles and National Championships
3) Basketball program makes the NCAA tournament annually
4) Baseball program gets back to winning the conference title and participating in the College World Series.

Those are few of my expectations.

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So, those in the know out there, what should we make of the search committee for the new AD?
USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson, chair
alumni representative Bill Allen
Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp
Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green
Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan
Provost Charles Zukoski
trustees Jeff Smulyan, William McMorrow, and Board Chair Rick Caruso
the committee will also include two student-athletes, who will be named shortly.

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Not much representation by the faculty I believe. That is a very good thing.

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Anyone hear that Lynn Swann resigned?

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Just heard it on Sirius. Hopefully USC will now get a professional AD

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Only took Dr. Folt 2 months to get the Athletic Dept to the top of the agenda. Things may be moving in the right direction. smile

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Confirmed by an email from USC. This was obviously in the works for a while. Shortly after Foltz was appointed, there was an organized email campaign to have Swann removed (I joined it). Looks like the new President is going to protect the SC Football tradition. I love it.

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Didn’t realize this until this morning, but we didn’t run very many plays on Saturday. Stanford ran more plays than we did. This just makes it all the better because our line didn’t just wear them down with pace, but wore them down with physicality.

Also, BYU and Utah will both try and play slow as well.

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Even if they slow it down, we still can win if we score with the opportunities we get. Time of possession and number of plays are meaning less stats. It’s what a team does with the ball when they have it that matters.

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My wife, the psychologist, is helping write a book about the subject of ‘forgiveness.’ We discussed forgiveness in the context of SC football fans and posters. 90% of the comments on this blog have been negative towards SC much of the year, and then after its big Stanford win, the fans suddenly were in a “forgiving” mood and 90% of the comments were positive. Truth is, if SC loses to one of the Utahs the posters will once again turn on SC. So true forgiveness does not exist with sports fans– they only love you if you win.

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LJ, we all knew that. Gotta win, then we love you. I do think most negative comments were, are, and will be toward CH and the Blindsided One. I cannot remember a comment negative toward players except perhaps my own towards the center from last season. And maybe a word or two about “Grabby”. But overall this site supports our players and the traditions of the program, just as I know you do also.

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I think unlike Scott Wolf’s previous site most of us here are supportive of SC and try not to get to negative on the team. We do have very high expectations for the team but that is expected by all alumni, students, and fans because of our storied tradition.

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Some may, but I don’t love or hate Helton or Swann. I know nothing about them other than the results of their performance on the job. It is just about can they do their jobs well. Swann has shown he is not doing his job well. Helton went off the rails last year and made changes. So far, last week they held on to win after losing the starting QB, this week they played a solid game all around against a solid if not great team. Helton may be on his way to doing his job well. Time will tell.… Read more »

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I have no personal animosity toward them and never had — I barely know Swann and Helton is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. I will say this: I think Helton was promoted to his level of incompetence as head coach — but it looks like he has a really good eye for QB recruits and probably fits best as a QB coach and recruiting coordinator. This guy found Sam Darnold and Kedon Slovis that were not particularly hot commodities. I can see that Kedon is going to be magic. I was on the sidelines pregame and… Read more »

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I think it is Clay and all of his staff who have to replicate how we played Saturday in the coming weeks. Of course, there were things that need to be fixed like falling behind 17-3 and then 20-10.

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That start was mainly due to generally bad defense (Clay is right that we had bad gap control, but also missed tackles and general slowness), defensive penalties that need to be cleaned up, and special teams errors. Also, we have to end the days where USC has a first and goal inside the 5 and has to settle for a FG. But when that offense is clicking, it must really suck to be the opposing defense!

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I really want her kickoffs to be going into the end zone for a touch back. Too many were kicked short of the goal line and could be returned. Wonder if Baxter can fix that.

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LJ, has your wife figured out why an adult man spends so much time on a sports blog? If she has , please let me know. My wife asks me all the time.

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USC football is a stage like no other. Not AL, not Clemson, not GA. The closest is ND, which makes the SC/ND rivalry so special. There are a lot of reasons for this. Kedon played one great game – and it was great! Look what he gets. Recruiting should now take off. How could any kid not want to have a chance to play on that special stage. If Kedon can keep humble and focused, with all the talent around him (I know Allen and I disagree on the level of talent), this team can be very special. I am… Read more »

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Two years ago we beat Stanford by a similar score and had a pretty good season going 11-3. Are we there? No not yet, but someone has lit a fire under these players and the offense was designed to fit around Kedon Slovis. The defense played with a passion I have not seen in quite a while, and through the 3rd and 4th quarters USC continued to play the game the way it was supposed to be played. Playing to win instead of not to lose. Keep it up, it feels great to see USC back into the conversation and… Read more »

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Slovis is a breath of fresh air for our program. The moment didn’t seem too big for him and he went out and executed with poise. I’m encouraged that he recognized the playmakers around him and he seems humble. I was very pleased with the O-Line in run blocking and pass protection. Also, Brett Neilon made great snaps and didn’t lay a dud on the ground like JT had to deal with last year with one of Helton’s “favorites”. Let’s go into Provo and beat the Cougars! Fight ON!!

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Funny how having decent snaps helps the offense run a little more smoothly. Very much appreciate Toa graduating, it was the only way to get him out of there.

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Really Toa should never have been playing center. Also helps to have a real O-Line coach in Drevno versus Callaway who we should never have hired.