Here’s what I’m hearing as the week begins:
USC gave Clay Helton a five-year contract for stability but also wishes he would instill more discipline within the program. There has been an on-going feeling the players wield too much power and are not held accountable.
- For example, during the USC-UCLA game, I’m told an assistant coach wanted to remove a star player from the game for not performing an assignment but was overruled by Helton. Will it change this year? Who knows?
- I hear USC basketball assistant coach Jason Hart is interested in the Pepperdine job. Lorenzo Romar, currently an assistant at Arizona and head coach for last Saturday’s job vs. Oregon, was presumed to get the job. But last week’s Yahoo story alleged an agent recorded a $10,000 payment to his former Washington guard, Markelle Fultz. Would that scare Pepperdine off?