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.”
The last time USC lost its first three away games in a season was 2001. It lost in the last 12 seconds to No. 7 ranked Oregon, 24-22; lost as time expired at No. 11-ranked Washington, 27-24 and lost at South Bend to unranked Notre Dame, 27-16.
After the ND loss, USC won in the last two minutes at Arizona, 41-34, and then routed Cal in a rainstorm in Berkeley, 55-14. The coach: Pete Carroll.
The only one other time USC lost its first three on the road: 1899, with losses to Santa Ana Hight School, Pomona, and Santa Barbara AC. They were 0-3 on the road; 2-0-1 at home. They did not have a coach. So some might say USC did not have a coach in 1899 and 2016.
Look at the odds from Bovada on the next LSU coach. There’s Tom Herman and Jimbo Fisher. Already, a major difference from a USC search. Is LSU a better job? For some reason, Bovada stuck Lane Kiffin in its odds. Don’t bet on a turkey.
Who will be the next Head Coach of the LSU Tigers?
USC should be favored for the next four games (Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, Cal). But in my analysis today, I write about the double-edged sword facing Clay Helton in these games.
Excerpt: “Saturday’s game against Arizona State starts a period of must-win games to salvage the season, make a bowl and ease talk about Helton’s future. Because if USC loses to any underdog, it could get even uglier for Helton, a nice guy who sometimes seems unequipped to deal with the nasty atmosphere that surrounds the program after a loss.”
Clay Helton’s rocketed to the top spot on coacheshotseat.com. Does anyone remember USC was picked second in the Pac-12 South in the preseason media poll and received the second-most votes to win the conference title game?
When I objected to Clay Helton’s decision to punt from the Utah 37-yard line in the fourth quarter, this is why: Saturday’s Pac-12 games. Stanford defeated UCLA with 24 seconds left in the game; Colorado interecepted a pass in the end zone with 48 seconds left to defeat Oregon; Washington beat Arizona in OT; Arizona State scored a TD with 48 seconds left; Oh, and Utah scored the winning TD with 16 seconds left.
Pac-12 games tend to go down to the final possession. So don’t assume your defense will make a stop even if Utah has to go 93 yards to score.