Clueless U.

Lynn Swann said USC needs to improve the “culture, discipline, schemes, personnel and staff” of the football program.

Did he leave anything out?

Why isn’t the head coach responsible for these shortcomings? It is ridiculous that Swann identified the problems without holding the person who created this mess responsible.

This is why USC cannot improve. It needs leadership, whether it is the president, athletic director or football coach.

But Lynn Swann and Clay Helton don’t seem capable of giving USC the leadership it needs and both should probably move on or football might not get better.

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30 thoughts on “Clueless U.

  1. Calling for guillotining the current ‘in situ’ leaders: coaches admin – does not solve the problem we have a school w.o. a real leader and until that individual emerges and is hired there’ll be no change in this – the highest position outside the school president – the head football coach. No one currently has the authority per financial outlays nor the earned cred to do such.

    Helton is a lousy head coach and always will be ‘but’ as has been mentioned, Clay Russell in particular, ‘if’ Swann seriously demands a sweeping change in staff this, at least, will move the program forward because today 25th November 2018 – there will be no change at head coach.

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    1. You go find the leader. You don’t let him “emerge.” This is the problem most of us have with the past 8 years. Everyone has been sitting on their hands hoping for a miracle to emerge. You either make things happen, or they don’t happen. Keeping Helton is not making things happen, it’s just more hoping. Alas, it’s too late now, so all we can do is hope.

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      1. You fail to understand – USC has no leader and what is in place acting as trustees, prudently will not allow anyone (Swann) to obligate said trustees with a discharging at a huge cost, a current head coach and also his staff as well as hire a new one and staff. Not going to happen nor should it – we all want Helton gone but this is why Swann was a fool to give him that extension. Frankly, I am glad someone is hopefully looking at Lynn Swann and realizes he is the last to be given such unilateral power based on that award of an extension.

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    2. What SoCal needs is a leader like John Wooden.
      All American as a player & coach and the best coach in his sport at any level.
      without peer athletically, ethically or as a leader of men.

      Right Ruskie?

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  2. Yeah, Swann is going to regret this. Ucla football has been personally given a green light to steal recruits & build a program. It’s ’92 to ’99 all over again. If he had just a smidgen of wisdom he would have already prepped a candidate in the background & said goodbye to Helton today. Who is a nice guy, but has shown no ability to be the CEO of this team. Hope he proves me wrong – but appears Swann has booked shotgun on a sinking ship IMHO.

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    1. Well said. I was thinking of how much it reminds me of the Tollner era (which unfortunately coincided with the peak of Terry Donohue’s tenure in Hollywood)…except that administration had the sense to do what needed to be done (the final Tollner season the team was 7-2 and on the verge of perhaps being invited to a major bowl, but then lost to UCLA, blew a huge lead to ND, and then was manhandled by Auburn to finish 7-5). We as USC football fans are now living in a Titanic-like time machine loop…or as I’ve mentioned before, this is very much like the Twilight Zone “On Thursday We Leave For Home”…except Rod Serling sent the suffering a rescue ship…

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      1. …and the domination of SoCal was so complete that Steve Sample hired another ex-SC hero and provided the Lack of Institutional Control that gave Carroll a green light and blank check to do “whatever he needed” to bring the wins. It worked! Ignore the rules, rack up the wins and dominate until the NCAA shuts down the party and both Sample & Carroll run like dogs ahead of the firing squad. It worked for those to and they left others (players, coaches & Fast Max holding the bag.
        Is this a great country or what?

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  3. Kiffin, Sark, Helton, Haden, Swann, these were all obvious errors because none came close to being qualified for their jobs. You’d think that a university that routinely pays huge fees to exec search firms would know the importance of identifying qualified candidates. And If not the first time, then the second. If not the second, then the third, if not the third, then the fourth…

    At the end of the day, the university owns this mess. They didn’t pick the right people, and this was clear from the start.

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    1. This was Haden and Nikias who have given us this mess = Swann. Haden wanted someone who replaced him that would make him (Haden) look good….that goal has been accomplished. Nikias’ indifference/ignorance to the two major scandals that hit this past year is why he has resigned. These two are the reason USC football is in the disarray it is in late 2018.

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      1. Rus, right on the money. Gross mismanagement in many dimensions by the university. The customer always ends up paying for these mistakes.

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      2. Anyone have Max’s address?

        We need to send him something to express our gratitude.

        LONG LIVE THE SWANNY!!! LONG LIVE CLAY!!!

        FIT UN!!!

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      3. What What about Stevie Sample? He was there during the OB/GYN crisis.
        Didn’t he hire and enable Garrett & Carroll?
        He skipped town scott free with a big bag of severance and left others to take the fall.

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  4. This ridiculous comedy isn’t so much of an indication of how clueless the SC administration is as they’re attempting to have all of us get accustomed to mediocrity which surely seems to continue with Helton in charge. Oh yeah, trust me. They definitely know what they are doing.

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  5. Unfortunately, I am afraid that “longlivetroy” is correct…my only question is why SC didn’t move their football games to the new Banc of California Soccer Stadium…20,000 or so seats, are all the now and future Trojan FB teams will need…it would have saved millions for the donors who are footing the bill for the “Uglification” of the Coliseum….

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  6. Spoke to a former senior associate ad and he said he liked it and see what happens in a year. He also said he would get rid of five assistants

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  7. Lynn Swann is clearly over his head, and I’m not sure If he’s paying attention to what’s going on in his conference. But the quality of coaching is vastly improving at several schools in the PAC 12 , as Clay Helton continues to drop on the totem pole .

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  8. Saturday I watched a video of Fontana Kaiser winning the CIF game by kicking a last second field goal. The opposing team from Arcadia High school flopped around on the ground like babies throwing tantrums.
    I couldn’t point out how bad it looked for the Team with entitled attitude to be acting in such fashion because I was commenting on my school band’s Twitter page.
    Now here I am acting like a baby throwing a tantrum about a coach who in my opinion should be unemployed. I cannot continue throwing a fit about either Clay or Lynnn. I cannot say I won’t continue to be unhappy about the current situation I can say I will try to act like an adult and stop threatening to do something like never watching USC again

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    1. Well they aren’t watching you, in fact they don’t care what you do. If you have ghose hard to get season tickets they want you mad and or gone so they can sell your seat to a younger crowd.
      But that’s okay you can join me in the cheap seats I guarantee the outcome of the game doesn’t change according to your seat.

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    2. I’m sure most of the fans will still be following the team but with much less optimism and markedly more pessimism. I really can’t see the Helton-led teams reaching the level of CFB, much less the NC-level. Realistically, the team will be putting up no more than 7 to 8 wins at the max.

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    3. I think it can be a mature response to not spend ones money on something one does not agree with, I try to not reward or enable what I disagree with, that is objective thinking instead of subjective emotional non thinking. People choose one product over another all the time for whatever reason. In this case SC doesn’t care what anyone thinks,what is your idea of an appropriate possible response.

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  9. No bueno.
    It was hard to watch games this year.
    For the first time in 25 years I will not be going to the football games; i promise.
    I can’t believe Helton is back, freaking ridiculous.

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  10. TRAGIC decision and by one with knowledge of football for the future of SC football. Amusing and comical to watch ineptness in action and at such high salaries wasting away a once great tradition, similar to Calif politics…it will be interesting to watch the demise, not fun but interesting,like a cancer eating away,and ignoring the cure intentionally.

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    1. Mr. Leftwich, I agree 100% I am of similar vintage as you and even had your old avatar as a decal on the back window of my car as an undergrad. The thrill, pride and honor of being part of USC is gone. The Trojan Family is no longer existent and the administration has made a decision to forego that which made USC great. I gave up my season tickets on Sunday that I have had for over 50 years. It feels like a family member has died.

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  11. Letting a great tradition depreciate like this means that it will cost so much more in the future to rebuild. I agree with Rusoviet that an interim President makes this difficult to implement now. But then again, Swann didn’t have to extend Helton last year. Or at least he could have forced Helton to replace the assistants after the OSU game, in which the Trojan weaknesses were exposed. Is there another major program who would have had Callaway as O-line coach and Ellis (a previous “quality control assistant”) as QB coach, particularly for teaching an 18-year old.

    Hopefully the program doesn’t sink to the point where fans are celebrating a 3-9 season as if it were an achievement.

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  12. Cal commends Mr. Swann & his decision. USC is usually good for at least one NCAA/FBI investigation & at least one felony arrest on a team every year. You guys have outdone yourselves the last 12 months.

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  13. David Shaw praised Chip Kelly for what he’s starting to do @ UCLA. Shaw truly believes that Stanford vs. UCLA is the future Pac-12 Championship game !! Will Lynn Swann care ?

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  14. I’m torn I love USC football for 40 plus years I’ve been watching them,the good and bad but to sit and watch them now is painful I mean When watching them play it was a train wreck they would make bad teams look good never have figured out what they were trying to do on offense the defense got exposed in all most every game and we keep the DC and of all things you bring back the man that leads this team!!! I will not say I won’t watch them or go to the games but the games just aren’t fun or entertaining really hard to watch I guess I have Swann to thank! Fight on✌️

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