Some things to consider the rest of the season:
- Lynn Swann gave Clay Helton and his coordinators new contracts after last season. What is Helton’s buyout? That has not been disclosed.
- Swann has shown no inclination to be anything other than a figurehead at this point. He might be unhappy with the football team but doing something about it seems like a foreign move for him based on the past two years. He also seems to have few qualifications to hire a new coach.
- Will USC be willing to pay off Helton (and his coordinators) plus spend the money necessary to hire a good coach? The athletic dept. seems to be unwilling to spend money on other sports when it hires coaches and kept baseball coach Dan Hubbs because it didn’t want to pay him off.
- Will the fact there is an interim president and state of flux with the USC administration impact any decisions? The leadership vacuum at all levels (president, athletic director, football coach) makes everything a mess.