USC Trojans This & That — 7/22

Hopefully, Clay Helton will have significantly more reasons and opportunities to flash the USC Victory Sign during the 2019 season than he did last year, when his Trojans entered the lost campaign unprepared against easy target UNLV and never recovered, losing every big and minor rivalry game and also getting slaughtered by scores like 17-3 (Stanford), 37-14 (Texas) and 41-28 (Utah). 

The Trojans developed a humiliating habit of giving up 34 straight points against both the ‘Horns and the Utes, setting some kind of new low for Trojan football. “Fighting On” became a joke, frankly. When the Trojans got down, they were out, somehow even losing to Cal in the Coliseum 15-14.

Keep smiling Clay. But try producing for a change.

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PN4SC
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And our gutless head coach and clueless D.C witnessed it all ,and as usual, did nothing. No accountability!

TrojanMPA90
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I really hope that the coaches use last season as a motivation tool to show this year’s team that the way we played is completely unacceptable by USC standards. Once that is done, they need to burn the tape and get them to focus on the 2019 season and getting us back to the level we should be at.

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So much for the “close loss” argument. Last year was a train wreck in every way, which at the very least helped bring in new staff which seems to be a significant upgrade. We will see. But one thing is for sure, I’m glad to be starting a new season in a little over a month and get the memories of last year over. I’m expecting a huge turnaround. 10-2 or 9-3. If Drevno can work wonders and Clancy truly does simplify and let talented guys make plays, it is reasonable to see us win our conference.

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I think all of us are expecting a huge turnaround and I’m sure the offense will be much improved. It’s the defense that concerns me. It’s supposed to be “simplified”, but I believe discipline is what’s needed most. Year in and year out, SC probably leads the nation in undisciplined play and penalties, especially in the last decade or so. Gone are the days of Marv Goux and now we have the cream puff in CP. Mistakes are part of the game, but mental ones can be coached. Hoping the defense is improved this year!

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I was all set to blame the defense for some those losses last year until you mentioned the Cal game. We lost that game primarily due to one undisciplined player who, after a play, chose to give Cal a new set of downs by taunting their bench.
There are no simple answers for the collapse of the fight in Fight On. Clay Helton lost his team long before they lost the games.

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Not to mention (but I will anyway) Toa’s high snap, which is currently still orbiting the Earth and was last seen passing over India.

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You have to think even Coach Drevno knew Toa was a disaster at center but I have to believe Helton insisted he play and you see how a HC can sabotage his own team just by his ignorance. I am just holding my breath to see what Helton’s pet project will be this year that throws an obstacle in the execution ability of the team. You kind of have to know it’s coming somewhere-sometime as I truly wonder if the team would be better off if Helton didn’t even show up and stayed home.

TrojanMPA90
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I hope that is not at QB and that Harrell gets to make that decision and all decisions on offensive personnel.

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No doubt. The less he does, the better. Can we issue him a non functioning head set?