USC Trojans This & That — 2/11

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Scipio
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To me the most telling statement Pacua made in his announcement on why he selected UDUB, was the fact that he used the word “trending”. It was damning in that he was not commenting of the current status of SC football today as if it were static, but the negative direction it was heading. If I thought SC football was at its nadir right now, I would say. “OK lets work our way out of it”. But its not. It reminds me of the scene in Jurassic Park III when the plane had crash landed in the top of a… Read more »

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Great article about the dysfunction at the BOT and how that affects athletics and tie into the Presidential search. https://247sports.com/college/usc/Article/USC-next-university-president-search-all-important-128931377/

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The Helton effect has struck again. When we look back on this particular era of USC football we will call it the Helton effect. It’s the rightfully earned perception that Clay Helton doesn’t want to win football games. He rarely makes a decision based on the need for the team to win as a team. His individual player choices are often based on the needs of the players and not the team. The Helton effect definition in the dictionary will probably include the phrase “nicest loser who never coached a disciplined team” If I were to list all of the… Read more »

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I have seen one of his biggest shortcomings is his inability to make a decision quickly, on anything. Of course that is based on not thinking ahead, only in the present.

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Stubbornness deserves it’s own bullet point. I think Clay Helton wants to see himself as “above the fray,” and he equates changing anything he has been criticized for with validating that criticism. So he doubles down on bad decisions hoping change will happen anyway and he will look better for having stayed the course. I also worry about his recognition of how many things are broken in the program. He likes to say that we were just 7 more points per game away from winning 4 or 5 more games last year. Does he really believe that? Does he not… Read more »

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Even if CH is living a fantasy, he knows what most others think of his performance and ignores the lingering effect its caused this program. Forget the fact he can’t convince the better coaches or the top recruits to be here with him. Never mind the filled seats at the coliseum. But more than anything else, CH is a benefactor of circumstances that have allowed his inabilities to survive and keep him here, from Steve Sarkisian to Sam Darnold to Lynn Swann and a vacant USC presidency. Don’t expect him to willingly give up his job or his contract as… Read more »

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Hey Puka, best of luck. See ya in the portal.

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Losing out on Puka will not make or break the team. I do think he will be good for UW and would have been for us as well. The scary part is why he chose UW and his perception of our program right now. All of these kids have grown up in a social media, club sports, 7 on 7, AAU culture where changing teams is done not only season by season but sometimes week by week. Don’t like the coach this week? Go to another team. Playing time or position not what you hoped for? Go to another team.… Read more »

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So Magic Johnson tries to trade away practically the entire Lakers’ team (5, 6 or even 7 guys were at one time on the block). I bet those guys are not bleeding purple-and-gold Lakers’ colors today. One has to wonder about Johnson’s capabilities.

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John, I think Johnson and Pelinka greatly over estimated the idea that everybody wants to play with the Lakers and Lebron. This all started going south when Paul George decided not to sign with the Lakers. He would have been exactly what they needed, a defensive minded big guard who could create his own shot. In hindsight, Magic should have given the Pacers that number two pick ( which turned out to be Ball) and Brandon Ingraham, for George. Who wouldn’t want that deal now? But in Magic’s defense, George made it clear he wanted to be a Laker, so… Read more »

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Props for Kuzma and Hart to scouting. But fails for ingraham and ball. Both are just role players at best. Especially Ball, who wants a guard who can’t shoot?

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Exactly right, Chris. I can only think that Magic thought Ball’s playmaking ability was like his own, and that he could somehow fix his shooting. But the guy can’t create his own outside shot, can’t even consistently make his free throws, and is always hurt. Such a bad miss and a waste of a high draft pick. Lucky for them, Kuzma and Hart turned out to be steals, or they would never live that draft down. On top of it all, Lavar Ball is opening up his big mouth again and adding to the dysfunction. I’m always amazed at how… Read more »