It’s Unanimous!

Who has the most at stake (player or coach) over the next few weeks?

Chantel Jennings (national college football reporter): Clay Helton. Making midseason changes is always risky, so USC will need to show offensive progress with him at the helm of the play-calling duties. If the group continues to sputter, it’ll be a reflection of the decision-making of Helton. If the unit shows progress, it’ll be a reflection of the decision-making of Helton.

USC opened the season as the Pac-12 South favorite, but injuries and inconsistent play have the Trojans sitting at 5-4 overall and 4-3 in Pac-12 play. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Doug Haller (Arizona State football reporter): USC coach Clay Helton. By program standards, this team is struggling. Attendance isn’t great. If the Trojans win the South and put up a good showing in the Pac-12 Championship Game, then all is probably forgiven. If they stumble, losing to Cal or UCLA or both, this could get ugly.  

Antonio Morales (USC football reporter): Clay Helton. USC’s season has been hectic, the team has underperformed, Helton has already needed to make staff changes, and I don’t think many people would be stunned if he wasn’t the head coach next season. Winning a division title, while starting a true freshman at quarterback, would strengthen his cause, though.

TheAthletic.com

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Trojan96
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Helton has made his own bed and now he has to sleep in it. Firing Callaway and demoting Tee were the right moves that he needed to do after the Ohio State game last season. I’m also reading some other blog members say that we should bench JT and start Sears until next season. It’s a good conservative idea, but with Helton on the hot seat and the team’s inconsistencies, Helton cannot risk taking JT out of the game. The only game he should consider that move is in the ND game. Especially if by some weird chance we actually… Read more »

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As much as I love J.T. Daniels I believe sticking with him was and is a mistake. I hope the improvement seen against Oregon State is new beginning I doubt it is. I’ve been down this new leaf road before and bad habits die hard. The fact that our center cannot get through a game without a dribble pass back to the quarterback is proof that real change is not happening. If the line was scrapped and rebuilt I would be more optimistic. I won’t lie I was happy to see Helton hired but I now truly believe he would… Read more »

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I do agree with you, playing Daniels now is pointless and opens the possibility to get him hurt. He is scared to death to be out there behind that line. Funny how Sears didn’t have a lot of trouble. Play Sears now!!

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Wasn’t hiring Tee Martin a reflection of Helton’s decision making already? He has proven that he is not the coach to run this program moving forward. Why are people still pretending like he might turn it around?

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I doubt anything will happen until USC has a new President.

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Why? Where do you get this idea? The BOT can make any change they want. And they are the ones who make the changes if a school president is there. So why couldn’t they make the change now???

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I Think it should read; “Who has most at stake, Coaches, players,or FANS ?