I asked Clay Helton about his handling of Jack Jones and whether something different needs to be done to control his emotions.
“Part of being a coach is developing players, physically and emotionally,” Helton said. “Jack is an emotional and passionate player. It’s my job to reel that in (when he loses composure).”
I asked Helton why lining up in a shotgun formation is a good idea on short-yardage situations.
“We’re comfortable right now in the shotgun. (The advantage is) the tailback lines up right behind the quarterback.”
Helton was asked about Pac-12 teams being 0-6 on Friday nights the past two years when they play a Saturday night road game the week before.
“Coaches really don’t have a say,” he said.
Helton on USC’s 18-2 record in its past 20 games: “Sam (Darnold) is the reason we’re here today.”
Helton said he wished he had a bye after the Washington State game but since USC made the Pac-12 title game is happy to have one next week.