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.”
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?
Tom Herman 5/4
Jimbo Fisher 3/1
Larry Fedora 4/1
Willie Taggart 6/1
Ed Orgeron 9/1
Lane Kiffin 12/1
Gary Patterson 15/1
Chip Kelly 15/1
Bobby Petrino 18/1
Art Briles 28/1
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.”
The USC-Colorado game at the Coliseum will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum and be on the Pac-12 Network. This is what happens when you lose three of your first four games.
But Colorado is suddenly no pushover and this looks like a trap game. Buffs QB Steven Montez, in his first college start, had 468 yards total offense against Oregon on Saturday.