I spoke to a member of the USC Board of Trustees to see if they hear anything regarding Clay Helton’s future and what their role would be next week?
“The Board of Trustees really doesn’t like to deal with sports,” the trustee said. “The way it would work is Lynn Swann would go to the interim president and he might need to talk to Rick Caruso (the chair of the Board of Trustees). I could see them maybe getting a small group of trustees and contacting them too.”
The Board also recently botched handling ex-president Max Nikias’ future, so they don’t want to get hands-on with Helton.
“It really will come down to Lynn Swann and what he wants to do.”
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that Swann has so much power. Whatever else you might read, no one in the athletic dept. can tell Swann what to do. His No. 2, Steve Lopes, runs the dept. on a daily basis but he is not going to tell Swann to fire Helton. Lopes was part of the team that recommended Steve Sarkisian to Pat Haden. So his qualifications to football decisions have some questions too.
The fact is Swann will probably rely on one or two donors as much as anyone else to decide Helton’s future, mainly because he might ask them to pay off Helton’s contract.