Attention to all my young USC stars. That was average at best. Thank for the victory but definitely not impressed
— LenDale White (@thereal_lendale) November 19, 2017
Does it matter if a team is 10-2 that it lacks discipline? Chuma Edoga lost his cool after his personal foul for a late hit. Joseph Lewis appeared to be upset with a coach after he come to the sideline following his personal foul on a kickoff. And USC had another sideline warning because it can’t keep its players and coaches off the field or white part of the sideline.
First, here are my 10 candidates for the UCLA coaching job.
And now on to the USC-UCLA report card:
Clay Helton talked about UCLA firing Jim Mora.
“Very sad,” Helton said. “We are in a high-risk profession/business. Coach Mora has always been respectful to me. It’s sad to see him go.”
Helton on his goal as USC coach: “You always want to progress and get better every year.”
That has probably been the main sticking point this season.
Helton on the pass defense allowing so many yards the past two weeks? “We’ve lost some battles the past two weeks.”
Helton also said USC has played a lot of man-to-man defense.
Injury report: Rasheem Green and Reid Budrovich suffered sprained shoulders. Budrovich did not get hurt on his tackle of Darnay Holmes on a kickoff but on a different play where he was thrown to the ground. Chris Brown suffered a lower back injury.
Meanwhile, Helton said wide receiver Randal Grimes did not suit up because of a broken hand two weeks ago. So quite a waste of a redshirt year.
It was obvious last night the USC fans are over the whole inconsistent nature of the Trojans’ play this season. The post-game reaction said it best. But apparently UCLA was also unimpressed.
A five-point loss to USC results in Jim Mora getting fired the next day? Didn’t Rick Neuheisel lose 50-0 to USC when he got fired? Now you get fired for losing by five points. USC isn’t even passing the eye test with UCLA.
USC held off UCLA, 28-23, but even many of the fans seemed to grow weary of the Trojans not passing the eye test.
Excerpt: The Trojans did just enough to win but not enough to make anyone think they would defeat a top 10 team. That will not matter to Clay Helton but it matters to the Trojans’ fan base and to Athletic Director Lynn Swann.
They will want to know how USC rushed for 153 yards against the nation’s worst run defense, which surrendered 302.3 yards rushing before the game. That was 9 yards less than Memphis gained against UCLA, the Bruins’ best effort of the season.
They will also want to know how USC’s secondary allowed 421 yards passing and wide receiver Jordan Lasley to catch three touchdown passes. This is normal for a garden-variety Pac-12 defense but USC is supposed to be an elite team.
When you hear Clay Helton point out again that USC won the Pac-12 South, remember that every other team has at least 3 conference losses. It’s a truly awful division.
By the way, UCLA’s 501 yards in offense was the most allowed by USC since Helton officially took over as the Trojans’ coach.