USC Football Makes Another Bad List

Storied College Football Programs That Will “Struggle” in 2019

David Kenyon (Bleacher Report)  —  Teams among the top 30 of all-time victories were considered a “storied” program for this discussion. The programs are listed in ascending order of wins.

“Struggle” is a vague term, and it should be applied differently to the schools highlighted. Some have national and conference title expectations, while others are looking for bowl eligibility.

Either way, those teams will not achieve their respective aspirations in 2019.

Six schools designated: UNC, NAVY, ARK, GT, AUB, USC

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USC Trojans  —  All-time wins: 839 (ninth)

The return of quarterback JT Daniels plus the arrival of offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is a promising combination at worst. Four of USC’s seven losses in 2018 happened largely because the offense failed to crack 20 points.

What will define the Trojans next season is whether a youth-filled defense can excel and how quickly that happens. Last year’s rotation was filled with seniors, freshmen and little in between.

“How quickly” is critical, as USC’s first six games include Stanford, Utah, at Washington and at Notre Dame.

Nobody would’ve blinked had USC canned Clay Helton after the 2018 campaign. If the Trojans start 3-3 or 2-4 in 2019, it might finally happen in October.

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Just sayin but did anyone else notice that the USC Women’s Basketball team signed 4 players in the ESPN100.

But the impressive part is that they signed three 5-Star players in the class.

That’s some positive USC 411 for now.

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Why can’t the Football program do that? Better put the womens BB recruiters onto the football trail and bring in the stars. lol lol lol

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Every USC coach should probably have a conversation visit with Bill Bilichick, read books by Bill Lombardi or Phil Jackson so they can get a feel of how championship minds go about buisness. USC is a mess and they need to go back to the basics.

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For sure. I can’t recall exactly who it was, maybe Saban, who went to other programs he saw as rising and inventive to check them out. That’s a real forward way to think and benchmark the other folks in your profession. Kinda like the story of the Ritz carlton management who studied the indy 500 teams to see how they could improve the turnaround time for their daily room replenishment carts.

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Helton and even Enfield would probably realize after spending time with a coach like them that they have went away with whats important.
One BIG REASON that USC is struggling is because they have never approached a season since Pete left with a mind set that they were gonna play defense first from start to finish. Defense keeps a team close when the offense has a bad day. USC doesn’t seem to realize why Bama and Clemson are so tough.

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I hadn’t heard that tidbit about the Ritz Carlton management. Cool. That is thinking outside the box, and willing to learn from others. Remember when Pete gave Lawrence Jackson the book, “The Inner Game of Golf”, and how it elevated Jackson’s game. For Ritz, the paradigm of hotels, to go outside itself to elevate it’s brand tells you that their focus is outward toward their product, not inward about their own processes.

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VINCE LOMBARDI!!!!!!!!

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6 of the top 11 players in the 2020 Recruiting Class Player Rankings are from the west coast of California, Arizona and Washington.

The #1 QB, #2 RB, #1 ILB, #1 OLB, #1 & #2 CB’s.

(247 Sports)
1. Zachary Evans__RB
Houston, TX

2. Bryan Bresee__SDE
Demascus, MD

3. Justin Flow__ILB
Upland, Ca

4. Sav’ell Smalls__OLB
Seattle, Wa

5. Julian Fleming__WR
Catawissa, PA

6. Paris Johnson Jr.__OT
Cincinnati, OH

7. DJ Uiagalelei__QB
St. John Bosco
Bellflower, CA

8. Elias Ricks__CB
Mater Dei
Santa Ana, CA

9. Arik Gilbert__ATH
Marietta, GA

10. Kendall Milton__RB
Buchanan
Clovis, CA

11. Kelee Ringo__CB
Saguaro
Scottsdale, AZ

🎲🎲Talk about rolling the dice and hoping sh*t turns around because we sure picked a bad time to suck in recruiting.

#Fire the AD & HC
#ASAP

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From what I get from this is they are putting usc in the worry Column because of a young defense? The freshman looked pretty good last year from the couple games I watched. I guess the worry would be in the secondary, but if burns got them then he’s got a plan for them so I have don’t doubt our defense I doubt our ability to finish games. That’s where we’ve been weak and it was largely shown in the ND loss. Helton needs to follow his words and implement the actions, that alone should allow us to be bettter… Read more »

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What are the Vegas odds on Helton’s departure? We should get some math wiz to calculate the best possible wager and place the bet…. use the winnings as a buyout.

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I honestly think we are 9-3 or 8-4 next year. That will keep coach around. Unless there is a handshake deal with Urban Meyer. Sure does seem to be a lot of smoke.

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Nobody knows what Lynn Swann or whoever is calling the shots will do if the team starts losing more than it wins in 2019. My guess is Swann will let the season play on, even if the team losses more than it wins, leaving everything as is figuring it takes time for a new offensive system to get clicking. If Helton beats ND & UCLA, you can almost bet Swann keeps him on another year whether or not the team becomes bowl eligible.

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I predict Swann will fire Helton via emoji text from a golf course after the Trojans start 2-4. Harrell takes over, and goes 6-0 to finish the season. USC destroys a random ACC team in some bowl nobody cares about. Helton gets hired by Alabama to be their quality hugging control coach. Glory is restored to USC in 2020 and all is right in the world again.

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Would that be the middle finger emogi?

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Among other emojis lol

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Obviously the writer does not follow USC closely at all. We all know Swann will endorse Helton at 3-3 from some far away golf course and all will be well after they watch the tapes. Nothing is going to change coaching wise, Harrell and the new assistants will not change things a great deal. Our offense should be able to score more than 20 points a game, but then we have to have a defense that can stop the other team. Not looking forward to Alabama in 2020 at all.

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If Hell had a preseason ranking we would be number one.

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Oh another Tarmac episode but this time for Clay? I don’t think Swann has the intestinal fortitude to do it!