Clay Helton sighed today when asked if tailback Justin Davis would get more carries this week #USC
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 29, 2016
If you thought NCAA sanctions and were over and having 80 players on scholarship meant USC is back to normal, think again. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast complained that the depth is the same as in 2013, when USC often used about 50 players a game.
“I don’t see where the depth is any different than the last time I was here,” Pendergast said.
UPDATED: Just to see if Pendergast is correct, USC suited up 44 scholarship players against Utah State in 2013. The Trojans used 53 scholarship players against Utah last week but suited up nearly 65.
CBS Sports is ranking all first-year coaches after one month. And No. 1 is Mark Richt at Miami. Another guy USC would never consider, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, is No. 3. Where does Clay Helton? No. 29. How many coaches are there? 29.
Not in football, of course. But in a Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of 1,000 college and universities. Maybe one day football will be ranked so high.
Full release from USC after the jump:
Here’s the latest from Jim Thompson.
Does USC need to be meaner to snap out of its doldrums? That’s something I explore in this analysis. Excerpt:
“There’s no one like linebacker Rey Maualuga, who might have generated headlines for hitting a quarterback on the field or a student at an off-campus party. The closest this year’s team got to pushing someone around came when offensive tackle Chuma Edoga shoved a middle-aged official and got ejected.
“In many ways, the Trojans’ persona is a reflection of Helton, the original Mr. Nice. But for the Trojans to snap out of their malaise, some characters need to emerge. Or re-emerge.”
Where would USC sycophant Colin Cowherd be without the Trojans to talk about? Remember the big-name hire he promised last year? Neither does he because he never mentions anything again when he is wrong. So here’s his latest from today:
“You gotta get on the phone now. You’ve made a decision Lynn Swann . . . Clay Helton’s just not ready . . . It’s a bad staff. You gotta to clean house. You don’t have to fire him now but It’s just not working . . . You gotta make a move because there’s other jobs coming open like LSU and they’ll take the best candidate.”