USC Trojans This & That — 6/20

USC continues to come up in the media as a school which could be in for a football coaching search before December.

Stewart Mandel (The Athletic Mailbag)  —  I’m not as bullish about this year’s Group of 5 pool as I was this time a year ago, when I felt reasonably confident that Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield (now at Louisville) and Troy’s Neal Brown (West Virginia) would be on to greener pastures by December (or in Brown’s case, January). Looking ahead six months, I could see Army’s Jeff Monken (technically not Group of 5) and North Texas’ Seth Littrell being in much the same position, albeit if Littrell continues to thrive without departed OC Graham Harrell and if Power 5 schools can get past their aversion to the option and see what a remarkable job Monken is doing.

As for current Power 5 schools — yes, if Dino Babers puts up anything close to another 10-win season at Syracuse, I’m sure he’s going to have suitors. USC, for example? Maybe Auburn? Another one is Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, though he might be harder to pry away. He’s a lot like Jeff Brohm that way. Still, if USC comes calling, is he really going to stay in Ames?

Remember, there was so much turnover at the top last year that this could stand to be a quieter coaching carousel. Outside of USC, the only obvious “hot seat” situations are Lovie Smith at Illinois, Chris Ash at Rutgers and probably Gus Malzahn at Auburn because only at Auburn can you sign a $49 million contract and be right back on the hot seat a year later. But of course, you also can’t predict before the season an Urban Meyer retirement/Dana Holgorsen-to-Houston-type development.

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Jamaica
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I wish this was only true. USC football shouldn’t be where it is today. It should be with the Alabamas, Clemsons, Ohio Sts, Oklahomas in performance with all the resources USC has available. You scratch your head wondering how some of the smartest people can be so dumb or of shear ignorance in the responsibilities they have control of. Those who benefit by this occurance, and you know who I am talking about, just waste resources and kill dreams of those who are affected by this and deserve better.

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I think at this point our worst nightmare would be Swann firing Helton with still enough time for Swann to hire Helton’s replacement before he is also canned. We need a REAL AD to replace Swann as soon as possible. If Helton 2.0 succeeds, then so be it. If not, hopefully we will have someone who knows how to do a proper search and hire a head football coach do those jobs.

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Great point, and it scares me also. The thought of Swann making any more hires makes me ill. I am putting a lot of hope into the new president, that she will see the reality and make the change…soon.

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Rock I don’t know which would be the worst senario. But I can’t imagine ever that Helton would be a candidate for USC AD. That could drive me away USC sports until he was gone. I don’t respect how Helton has managed the program and I feel strongly he is hanging onto a job that is beyond his capability that has him depending on others to bail him out. Someone has to get a clue in the USC administration that the bar has been lowered so far down it has become embarressing.

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Thanks J for adding something to my list of things to worry about. Helton AD? I am filing that next to my folder for meteor coming out of the sky and landing on my head! wink

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A day late and a dollar short– I am just reading the comments from yesterday about O.J., McKay, and Carroll running the wrong plays 2-times to lose championships. My 2-cents:– why was O.J. going to commit suicide in the Bronco? Because Nicole had died? Don’t think so….McKay told me in our first practice “If you drop another pass you can get off this field” after the quarterback fired one at close range. And when you said hello to McKay around campus, he would not say a word, but instead give you a little wink. That actually was cold, but still… Read more »

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There are sure some attractive names in the article and several would do well at USC. The reality is that Swann will not fire Helton unless the season is a total train wreck, which I do not believe it will be. It seems Helton is maturing as a HC, realizing the errors he has made and made some corrections. Perhaps just maybe he can find success, as in a NC at USC. Personally I would rather see Swann fired and Helton made AD. Parents love the guy and he is a great recruiter, so his influence in that area would… Read more »

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I posted to this effect in the daily blog regarding Graham and his situation and future at SC. I think you have it correct, and I think we might have KK to thank for this assist. In departing for Arizona, he might have just dropped a note to Swann that Graham is his equal, less expensive, etc. Swann may also be in on this issue by locking Helton to a longer term and more lucrative contract than maybe currently deserved. And Helton’s relationship with family and friends is well known, and would serve the school well as a new AD.… Read more »

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I am not a huge fan of Harrell just yet. I have to see him in action, give him at least half a season to see how he handles the team, leads, and teaches. Going to HC to quickly could be detrimental to him, as it was for Helton. He needs seasoning and a record that justifies the promotion. Sometimes guys are limited and function better and a lower level position than they do at the top. Time will reveal all we need to know I am sure.

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I couldn’t have said it better. How successful can a OC be in making a major change in the offensive philosophy and immediately start winning? There are no tomato cans to play at the start of this season. But there is a lot of hope going on he will turn this offense around enough to outscore the other team in more games than not. If Clancy doesn’t improve on his defensive schemes with the talent he has, it may come to that.

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I’m not sure the hot seat switch has been located by Lynn Swann. I don’t think he’s capable of turning on the heat. I expect he’ll be on the tarmac first.