Petros Papadakis Sounds Off

Petros Papadakis went off on USC during his show Wednesday, starting with the incident involving offensive tackle E.J. Price and a football staff member. He was incredulous that a secretary is even around the team at a road game.

“How and why a uniformed player has a disagreement between the sideline and locker room with an administrative assistant from the football office is beyond the pale for me. I’ve never heard of anything like that. I’ve never seen anything like that.”

He also turned his sights on Clay Helton and the administration.

“Clay Helton has been reading off prepared index cards at his media sessions. Why not get Clay a teleprompter. USC’s administration is becoming creepy and meddlesome in many affairs where they have never been before.”

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USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Needs A Crisp Performance

HELTON.ALABAMAIt’s time for the weekly notes column, where I mention that win or lose, Clay Helton needs USC to look organized under the watchful eye of new athletic director Lynn Swann.

Excerpt: You cannot keep your job with eight players on the field for an extra point. Or by forgetting to cover Christian McCaffrey. Or committing six false starts.

There needs to be a mindset change. That puts a lot of pressure on freshman quarterback Sam Darnold because he seems the only available savior. Full column here

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Post-Practice Report

Defensive tackle Noah Jefferson, who has not played since the Alabama game because of a shoulder injury, did not practice this week because of a personal issue in Las Vegas. He will not attend the Utah game.

Helton spent five minutes after practice with Adoree Jackson reviewing offensive plays. It’s desperate times, man.

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Browne Backlash

With USC scoring one touchdown its two real games, you might think fans would rejoice at a QB change. But I’ve seen and heard a lot of support for Max Browne. The poll below confirms fans believe the change was sloppy. People feel like Browne was treated poorly. He waited 44 months and didn’t even get three full games. That seems to be the fuel of this backlash.

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Is USC Like Michigan?

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USC special teams coach John Baxter was at Michigan last season. He said this week the Trojans resemble the Wolverines, who went 10-3 last season.

“I felt like this is the kind of team we had at Michigan last year,” Baxter said. “We lost to Utah and got better and better and better every week.”

USC is 1-2, so they would need to go 9-1 the rest of the regular season. Or maybe he meant USC would lose to Utah too.

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USC Morning Buzz: The Botched Quarterback Derby

browne-ala-3If I were USC coach, I’d have picked Sam Darnold to start from Game 1. But what happened this week demonstrated how Clay Helton botched the quarterback derby, as I wrote in this analysis.

Excerpt: Any practice observer could see Darnold was more talented, possessed the stronger arm and quicker feet. Why couldn’t Helton? Because he wants to please the players too much. Adoree Jackson wants to run track and skip spring practice? No problem. The players want to switch practice times? Fine.

And pleasing everyone meant being loyal to Browne.

“I went with the older kid,” Helton said. “I’ll never regret that decision.”

It blew up in Helton’s face, though. He burned Browne, who could have transferred a month ago to any school without sitting out. He wasted three games not starting Darnold.

Helton said Browne is not the reason USC is 1-2 and he was not being made a scapegoat. But who else lost their jobs? What about the offensive linemen that false started all game? Preseason All-American Zach Banner false started in every game this season but his job is secure.

Full story here

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