USC held its third Presidential Search Advisory Committee listening session Tuesday night on campus.
Most of the meeting focused on things like the fact there is no student representation on the search committee.
But there was an odd moment when a man identified himself as Ed Gilliam and said he played football and baseball at USC in the 1970’s. One of Gilliam’s concerns was that Notre Dame would hire former USC tailback Anthony Davis as a recruiter.
Where to begin with that? I will just say that I’m sure Rick Caruso, the board chair, did not expect to hear it.
Anyways, let’s look at what Clay Helton said yesterday.
“It’s so important that you make your Pac-12 South games (a priority),” USC coach Clay Helton said. “It’s a very, very important game in our minds.”
A loss at Arizona would be disastrous to the perception USC can turn its season around because of a fairly easy remaining schedule. And the non-demanding schedule is Helton’s biggest hope to keep heat off.
Helton met with USC athletic director Lynn Swann on Saturday. Swann is known to be unhappy with USC’s play the first four games.
But he was known to be unhappy last season and rewarded Helton with a contract extension. Not to mention extensions to offensive coordinator Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast.
That is why playing struggling Arizona remains a potentially pivotal game: Because of what Helton has to lose.