USC Trojans This & That — 8/5

Johnny Nansen was listed in last year’s USC Football Media Guide as  Asst Head Coach/Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator.

This year he is referred to as Inside Linebackers/Defensive Run Game Coordinator.

Former USC WR Darrell Rideaux says Nansen as now “sharing the defensive coordinator duties” with Clancy Pendergast (who now has the Asst Head Coach label). Are Pendergast and Nansen really sharing DC duties? Is this really true? The answer to that question might be complicated.

There is no reference in the 2019 Media Guide designating who the current Recruiting Coordinator is.

Two complete pages of small print are devoted to the biographical sketch of Clay Helton, whose contract was extended following the 2017 season until 2023. Regarding the 2018 season, here’s the coverage: “He was 5-7 in 2018, with a win over No. 19 Colorado. His 2018 Trojans, which featured young players in key positions, were 5-7 overall, with the last four losses all by seven points or less, and went 4-5 in Pac-12 play.”

(It’s hard to believe the Buffaloes were ever ranked as high as No. 19, but CU won its first five games in 2018, with victories over NEB, UCLA, and ASU before rolling off seven straight losses and the firing of Mike MacIntyre, who was hired on Dec. 10, 2012 to coach the Buffs.)

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Trojan5
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Appears to be official: Chris Steele cleared to play this year. Great news for the Trojans

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As we get closer to the 2019 football season, I am really excited about what our Trojans can do this year on the grid iron…I believe that we will have a turn around season compared to 2018, and take the PAC-12 Title..kudos to OC Graham Harrell…he has alot of Trojan Fans encouraged and inspired with his Air Raid Offense and changes to the program….also kudos to McCoy and Steele for coming back to USC!!! To be considered Quarterback U and Wide Receiver U by ESPN was a very positive statement to our depth and talent at these critical positions…I really… Read more »

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Let’s hope Harrell and company can make enough changes to be competitive again. I am excited for the season to start. We have talent. The question is if they can be coached up. I’ll take 8-4 as long as we’re competitive. Last year was a disaster, but the good news is that we can only go up from here.

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It is really exciting that fall camp is here and we’re only a few weeks away from the start of the season. For all the bashing that I’ve done of Helton, I’m really optimistic about this season. Our offense is going to be much better this season knowing Harrell is calling the plays instead of Tee Martin. The defense has lots of youth and depth that we lacked last year. Heck even our special teams will be better with two solid PK’s and the Aussie punter who can really kick. Let’s start believing that this season can be a turn… Read more »

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I cannot wait for the season to start. The constant drumbeat of how bad CH is has gotten stale & tiresome. Do I wish he had been replaced?–yes. Do I think he has squandered a wealth of talent?–yes. Do I think the exodus of 4 5 star recruits is a problem?–yes. All of these things were true before the end of last season and most definitely throughout the off season. Finding new ways to bash CH has become annoying and beginning to resemble the old SW blog.

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I agree wholeheartedly Trojan5. Now that Fall Camp has started, it’s time to lace ’em up and play ball!

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I’m sorry, but I’m the most unexcited I’ve been for a season in the past 40 years.

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T5, I too am as tired of the anti Helton rants as I am of the inside Wash DC beltway blather. I am hoping we can get practice reports from anyone/anywhere here, who ever has inside scoop. Can’t wait for the 28th and see what we got.

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What experience does Nansen bring as a DC? I thought he was a RB coach for most of his career. IF this is true, then Justin Flowe’s decision makes more and more sense. Would you want to play for a rookie DC?

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What the USC PR people have to come up with just floors me sometimes. Make a dirt clod look like gold. I never knew a 5-7 record was so darn attractive. It is all based on praising the work of mediocrity.

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I’m compelled to post a response from another board that was an answer to Helton’s being complicit in the losses of the season past, this very much attends the concerns of Old Trojans Never Die…… To wit; as appropriated from ‘James’ without his knowledge but with great appreciation. “My primary instructor in ARMY ROTC, had been a Ranger 1st Sergeant(Bad Hombre) gave me much the same advice as I was preparing to Graduate and head to the Infantry Center… One: When put in charge, Be in charge… Two: You can delegate authority, but you can’t delegate responsibility… Three: When things… Read more »

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Alfa, Thanks for the article. I know we like to optimistic about 2019, but we have Clay. And, Clay, as you eloquently state, has shown himself to be “an imbecile of a coach” (to quote another poster Allen provided to us). And, when Clay opens his mouth, he proves himself to be more of the same. But, he is all we got. We have two “canaries in the coal mine” – Stuart Mandel who has SC between 35 -50 this year and Justin Flowe, who has eliminate SC, because young Mr. Flowe wants to play on “the biggest stage” and… Read more »

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RRJ, I do enjoy your comments. I’m trying to collate my thoughts. First, left me be brief in this. Many have, as well as you on two occasions used the term “imbecile” if we are to assign the name it should be appropriate, in Helton’s case I do not believe it is. Reasoning: Clays BIO states he received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. We both know imbeciles are incapable of such. This is only a brief whisper of instructions of yore. Show respect even to a person you dislike, which causes me to temper my use of adjectives. Though… Read more »

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Thanks for reminding me to cut it back. I really need to do that. As to your question, I am now retired but I ran a large sole practice. I had the exact situation you describe. I first tried the experienced nice guy you described- it was a disaster! I then moved quickly to a far less experienced but far more talented junior attorney. I then took over “management” but really let the younger more talented attorney run the department but did not have her directly manage the senior atty – I set the case assignments and then made certain… Read more »

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Thanks for sharing RJJ.
Your experience and organizational skills kicked in, you saw the empty suit was ineffectual and did not procrastinate. Like in my borrowed post.
You can delegate authority, but you can’t delegate responsibility.

In our circumstance it was Swann who failed to exhibit proper management oversight.

What concerns me is Dr. Folts ability to see the deficiencies in the Athletic Department and how long she tolerates Swanns charade

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Alfa, I had to move quickly or face severe consequences. I did not have a 5 year guaranteed contract and some one else picking up the overhead!!

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I don’t know a darn thing about coaching. But during a game it seems the players are more responsible for the wins and losses than the sideline coaches.

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Although the players have a say, they do not control the personnel on the field. If the sideline coaches send in players that do not belong on the field the other players may not have the capacity to make up for their bad play. Toa comes to mind.

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Also, a good coach will see what is going well and what is not, and see how the other team is likely to adjust, and likewise make their own adjustments at half time and sometimes into the 4th quarter. Helton, Martin and Pendergast were out coached last year.

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Nobody ever told them they could make changes and adjustments. They coached like total dummies.

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Wow what s loaf of poop cake. Helton was directly responsible for all of the losses we experienced last season. He was out smarted, out muscled and out coached last season. Some of his in game decisions were unequivocally wrong and should have been rescinded immediately. Yet time and again he proved to be a deer in the headlights. As much as I hope he succeeds, I know from experience he has an uphill battle. His attitude about losing is strange. His half full philosophy doesn’t fly. For most of our losses we were clearly the better team in terms… Read more »

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OTND, I can’t help but feel the same way. I want so much to see USC football rise out of the doom in being the laughing stock of all college football and become legit as a top 5 CFB program it was before. But we have learned a powerful lesson of what happens, even to a great football program, when its top administrative leadership treats it as an annoyance rather than an asset to a great academic institution. And now you see that institution’s leadership trying to praise football mediocrity, wanting everyone to accept it. And that stinks!