Let’s look at the big picture for a second. Pat Haden’s legacy at USC is toxic: He kept Lane Kiffin too long; he hired Steve Sarkisian and then hired Clay Helton.
At one time, Haden felt like he was vindicated with Helton making up for his other disastrous decisions.
But Lynn Swann is athletic director now and he can no longer blame Haden for Helton. Swann gave him a contract extension and then gave his odd vote of confidence Tuesday night.
“I stand solidly behind Clay,” Swann said.
So whatever happens, Swann owns Helton now. By the way, Swann said he approved the demotion of Tee Martin. But he also approved Tee Martin’s three-year contract last winter. So he is all over the map and just made Martin the scapegoat.
At the end of the day, it’s difficult to say Swann actually knows what he is doing other wanting to back Helton to the public and lecture the fans about supporting the team.
“We need the Trojan Family to stand behind this team,” Swann said.